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David Denman to play Hamlet at SOC in 2016

David Denman is a homegrown talent who has reached the pinnacle of success in Hollywood while never forgetting his roots in Shakespeare and Orange County. A graduate of Fountain Valley High School before attending the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and receiving his B.F.A. from the famed Juilliard School in N.Y.C., he is an active SOC Board Member who has graced our Amphitheater stage many times, as Henry V, Brutus, Petruchio. Now, even as his starring roles in Michael Bay's upcoming real-life action thriller 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and Cinemax's upcoming series Outcast (from Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead) are taking him to new heights of fame, he is coming home to anchor the most ambitious project of our Summerfest era, the most famous play in the world, Hamlet.

Many people remember Denman’s big screen debut as the deaf tight end in the Warner Bros. football comedy The Replacements. Denman’s other feature credits include The Gift, written and directed by, and starring Joel Edgerton along with Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall, as well as Jason Reitman’s Men, Women, & Children, Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs, After Earth, directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Will Smith, Shutter, Smart People, Disney’s Out Cold, the Tim Burton Oscar-nominated feature Big Fish, When a Stranger Calls, Let Go, Fanboys, Fair Game, The Nines, Take, and The Singing Detective

On television, David most recently recurred on NBC’S critically-acclaimed series Parenthood, and guest starred on the last season of the hit AMC series Mad Men, and the second season of HBO’s True Detective. Well-known for his role as ‘Roy’ on the Emmy Award-winning hit NBC series The Office, he also starred in the FOX series Traffic Light. Other TV credits include portraying ‘Tony’, ‘Jane’s’ love interest on Drop Dead Diva, and ‘Skip’ on Angel. Additionally, Denman has been seen in the NBC Miniseries The 60's, as well as in the TV film The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story and A Vow to Cherish. His numerous guest star credits include How to Get Away With Murder, Two and a Half Men, Grey's Anatomy and Brothers and Sisters, among many others.

Playing the melancholy Dane has been a lifelong ambition for David, and we couldn't be prouder that he'll be doing it here on our stage in 2016.

Thank you, Everyone!

for helping make Shakespeare Orange County's
Summerfest 2015 Season an historic success!

Poster for the 2016 Production of Hamlet at Shakespeare Orange County

Thanks to the thousands who joined us in 2015 – onstage, backstage, and especially those of you in the amphitheater audience.

Our three productions (see below), Gala Opening Friend-raiser and Celebrity Radio Comedy, the sold out Special Engagement presentation of John Slade's Walt Whitman Sings, and so many other events have created lasting memories for us all!

garden.grove.certificateWe were especially honored to be recognized by the City of Garden Grove (right) and Orange Coast Magazine for special achievements.

See you in 2016

Watch this space for news on our 2016 Season! Already announced is a production of Shakespeare's Hamlet, the most famous play of all time!

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The 2015 Summerfest Season

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Ramón de Ocampo and Nikki SooHoo are Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare Orange County | Jordan Kubat photo
Romeo & Juliet

July 2-August 1, 2015

As You Like It | Shakespeare Orange County
As You Like It

August 13-29, 2015

The Pirates of Penzance

September 10-26, 2015

Heaven's Flowers Poster
Heaven's Flowers

May 2, 2015

Celebrity Radio Show Fundraiser Poster
Radio Show and Gala

June 13, 2015

Walt Whitman Sings Poster
Walt Whitman Sings

August 23 and 30 / September 20, 2015