produced in association with the
Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association
with the participation of
Relámpago del Cielo and The Orange County School of The Arts
directed by John Walcutt and Mike Peebler
For its first production of Summerfest 2015, Shakespeare Orange County (SOC) applies its theme of 'One Big Family Under the Stars' to Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's famous drama of lovers undone by irreconcilable families.
Romeo and Juliet opens July 11 with a special "Nights in White" experience with pre-show dinner and entertainment and a reserved seat in the rows closest to the stage. The production runs through August 1, with previews July 2, 3, 9 and 10.
Written early in Shakespeare's career, Romeo and Juliet remains one of his most popular plays, inspiring numerous films including Franco Zefferelli's 1968 version, which SOC will screen on Saturday, June 27.
Nikki SooHoo (The Lovely Bones, Stick It) and Ramon de Ocampo (title role in Antaeus' Henry IV Part One and Curse of Oedipus) (left) will play the star-crossed lovers.
When Producing Artistic Director John Walcutt took over the 36-year-old company in 2014, it was with a pledge to use Orange County's centrally located amphitheater to build bridges between generations and across the more-than 70 languages spoken in the community.
"Shakespeare's script shows how a community can be fragmented," said Walcutt. "Our production shows how a community can come together through artistic endeavor. What we're doing is presenting Romeo and Juliet from the roots of the community experience," he continued. "The co-presenters aren't underwriting so much as underpinning the production with the reality of Orange County's diversity. Because of that, the play's resonance goes much deeper."
The ambitious new staging is co-produced by SOC and the Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association (VAALA), with the participation of Relámpago del Cielo, the 40-year-old folklórico group from Santa Ana. There is additional community involvement from the Korean Social Club of Orange County and the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA).
Ramon de Ocampo and Nikki SooHoo (top) and Relámpago del Cielo dancers in rehearsal (above). Photos by Jordan Kubat
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE and TICKET PRICES
Romeo and Juliet runs July 11-August 1, with performances Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m.
Discount Previews: July 2,3, 9 and 10 - All seats $15
Opening Night: July 11 - Seats $40, with special 'Night in White' Opening Night package (see below)
Regular Performances: Thursday through Saturday nights at 8 p.m. July 11 through August 1 – Seats $40, $25 and $15
Thanks to generous support from Macy's, SOC is offering two "rush ticket" programs to help make theatre affordable for everyone: On Fridays and Saturdays beginning at 7 p.m., "7 at 7" offers remaining seats for that night's performance for $7; and Thursdays are "Pay What You Want" for all remaining unsold seats one-half hour before curtain.
The Garden Grove Amphitheatre is located at 12762 Main St, Garden Grove, CA 92840. Parking is available on the street and in a nearby lot.
For tickets and information call the Box Office at 714-590-1575 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
JULY 11 OPENING: NIGHT IN WHITE
SOC is offering a limited number of special VIP Ticket Packages with an elegant pre-show al fresco dinner on July 11.
A rewarding way to support Shakespeare Orange County – for you and the theatre – is be among those who join us for 'Night in White,' a special part of the July 11 Opening Night of Romeo and Juliet.
For only $100, you get center section seating in the first three rows after attending an elegant pre-show catered dinner including drinks, dessert, and coffee beginning around 6:15 p.m. Wear white and complete the picture of white linen, place settings and tables set against the deep green of our amphitheater park in the evening.
Hosted by Artistic Director John Walcutt and members of the company.
GROUP SALES AVAILABLE
Groups of 10 or more receive ticket discounts, with huge discounts available for groups of 50 or more who book in advance. Leave a message for GROUP SALES at the Box Office, 714-590-1575.