SOC: SHAKESPEARE/SUMMERFEST ORANGE COUNTY PRESENTS OUR 2017 SEASON!

JOIN US FOR OUR 38th YEAR OF BRINGING PROFESSIONAL SHAKESPEARE TO ORANGE COUNTY... AND MUCH MORE!

The Tempest

SOC Presents: The Tempest

Coming in July

THREE TIME TONY NOMINEE HARRY GROENER in THE TEMPEST

 

SOC is very proud to bring one of America's finest actors to Orange County, to star in Shakespeare's most magical play. Harry Groener, who you may know from his long-running stint as The Mayor on BUFFY, THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, is a legend in the New York theatre scene.

He has garnered Tony nominations as the star of CRAZY FOR YOU, CATS, and OKLAHOMA on Broadway, and this versatile pro has also won the LA DRAMA CRITICS' CIRCLE BEST ACTOR AWARD for his portrayal of the title role in KING LEAR, the LOS ANGELES OVATION AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR for EQUIVOCATION at The Geffen Theatre, and THE JOSEPH JEFFERSON AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACTOR for starring in the title role of THE MADNESS OF KING GOERGE.  Harry's film performances include ABOUT SCHMIDT with Jack Nicholson and PATCH ADAMS with ROBIN WILLIAMS. He'll lead a stellar cast in this exotic presentation of this beautiful play, which many say was Shakespeare's farewell to the theater.

Henry IV Part 1

SOC Presents: Henry IV Part 1

Coming in August

AN INTIMATE AND INNOVATIVE STAGING OF HENRY IV, Pt. 1.

 

Shakespeare's funniest play, and one that features three of his most enduring and endearing characters: the immortal Falstaff, the ne'er do well Prince Hal, and the fiery Hotspur.

Artistic Director John Walcutt (Claudius in HAMLET) is scheduled to play the title role in this wonderful and timely story of the rascal playboy prince, who becomes the greatest hero-king in English history, Henry The Fifth. At turns, hysterical, romantic, and heartbreaking (and featuring a climactic duel), more surprises will be announced soon as we fill out the cast of this, one of Shakespeare's greatest plays.

The Pirates of Penzance

SOC Presents: The Pirates of Penzance

Coming in September

THEY'RE BAAAACK!!! The swarthy, silly PIRATES OF PENZANCE return 
for the third smash year in our hit musical!

 

Our sold-out sensation of song and silliness returns with more girls, more pirates, and -yes- more laughs!  Don't miss SOC's unique and rollicking rendition of Gilbert and Sullivan 
meets Monty Python. You'll want to see it again and again! Very limited engagement and a great way to end the summer season laughing, cheering and begging them to stop in the same breath that you cry out for more! 

"I just couldn't stop laughing!"- that's what everyone says.

We'll also be adding to the schedule soon our free children's show, a critically-acclaimed Korean-language play, Polynesian Dance, Vietnamese and Hispanic cultural events, concerts, and more, as we continue to fill out our Summerfest season. See you next summer at The Festival Amphitheatre in Village Park on Historic Main Street in Garden Grove.

ONE BIG FAMILY UNDER THE STARS!

Thank you for supporting us at SOC. Our attendance has tripled in the past three years, and in 2016 we received the California Arts Council Grant Award for LOCAL IMPACT, for "using the Arts to dramatically impact the local community". Named BEST THEATRICAL MAKEOVER by Orange Coast Magazine, and awarded a SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD for "An outstanding contribution to the local community" from The California State Assembly in 2016.

"THE MOST EXCITING THEATRE IN SOCAL RIGHT NOW!" - Theatre Buzz