On Wednesday, Jan. 22, Paul Folino took the stage to speak eloquently about the two men who founded South Coast Repertory and for whom he had re-named The Folino Theatre Center. Paul was joined by Board President Damien Jordan, Artistic Director Marc Masterson and Managing Director Paula Tomei, all of whom added their praise for the two men—Founding Artistic Directors David Emmes and Martin Benson.
Then, after responses that were very moving (and a little bit tearful), David and Martin pulled the cord to reveal the new name: the David Emmes/Martin Benson Theatre Center.
When the thunderous applause finally died down, everyone headed for the SCR lobby to celebrate. Among the guests were many who had been there in the early days, honorary trustees (Julianne Argyros and Paul Folino, who is also a past president), emeritus trustees (Olivia Johnson, Ann Mound, Carl Neisser, Barbara Roberts, Tom Rogers and Elaine Weinberg) and past presidents (Tom Britton, Kae Ewing, Tom Peckenpaugh, Tom Phelps, Hal Schultz, John Stahr and Stewart Woodard), men and women who led the community in helping David and Martin take SCR to the very top of regional theatres in America. Yes, it was a night they’ll all remember!
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