Christmas Comes Early With Surprise $5 Million Gift


by 
Tania Thompson
 | Dec 14, 2019
Julianne Argyros
​Julianne Argyros

Christmas arrived early for South Coast Repertory when philanthropist Julianne Argyros announced a $5 million gift to the Tony Award-winning theatre. With her signature wit and affection, Argyros shared the news during the curtain call for the Dec. 14, 2019, matinee of A Christmas Carol to the cheers of a full house.

Julianne and George Argyros have been leading supporters of South Coast Repertory since the 1970s, including major contributions to the Next Stage Campaign, which led to the naming of the Julianne Argyros Stage, and to the Legacy Campaign to build the theatre’s endowment. Julianne is an Honorary Trustee and, in 2013, she served as Honorary Chair of SCR’s 50th Season Gala.

The Argyroses have supported A Christmas Carol as Honorary Producers for 13 consecutive years, making more heartfelt this announcement, which comes during the show’s 40th anniversary.

“For 56 years, SCR has thrived as a bright light in Orange County. Its future, under the leadership of David Ivers and Paula Tomei, is truly exciting,” said Julianne. “George and I are thrilled to play a part in that.”

The gift will make possible an entirely new production of A Christmas Carol which will premiere in December 2021. Additionally, it strengthens SCR’s strategic capacity-building initiatives, which include increasing the endowment to support programming.

“SCR’s magical holiday tradition is as near and dear to us as it is to the more than 600,000 people who have experienced it over the past 40 years,” said Juilanne. "The best way to pay tribute to Hal Landon Jr., and the other wonderful artists who have entertained us for all four decades, is to ensure that this incredible tradition continues."

“Julianne and George Argyros continue to inspire us with their leadership and generosity,” said Managing Director Paula Tomei. “So much of our work over the years has benefitted from their support and we are humbled by this extraordinary gift.”

“The Argyroses’ overwhelming support is a transformational gift for South Coast Repertory and for our greater community. “’Thanks’ does not begin to cover the gratitude we owe to them,” said Artistic Director David Ivers. “It has been an honor to dream, plan and circle in the orbit of such selfless, giving people.”

“Julianne and George Argyros are the definition of leadership and philanthropy in Orange County. This gift exemplifies their commitment to South Coast Repertory,” said Samuel Tang, president of SCR’s Board of Trustees. “We are eternally grateful for their vision and generosity.”