Starring Harry Groener, Morlan Higgins, and Hal Landon Jr.
Directed by Peter Uribe
Scenic and Lighting Designer: Dipak Gupta
Choreography: Miock Ji
Made possible by a gift from Marci Maietta Weinberg and William Weinberg
Previews July 7, 8, 13 & 14, 2017
Opening Night July 15, 2017 | Night In White Special Event
Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 PM | Closes July 29, 2017
Three-time Tony Award nominee Harry Groener, five-time LA Drama Critics Award winner Morlan Higgins, and SCR legend Hal Landon, Jr. lead a stellar cast in this imaginative production of Shakespeare's farewell to theatre. Internationally noted Scenic and Lighting Designer, Dipak Gupta sets the stage for this magical tale set in South East Asia. Acclaimed international choreographer, Miock Ji fills the island with the sounds, magic and beauty of her ancient culture. Directed by LA Weekly Award winner, Peter Uribe, director of the 2016 award winning HAMLET, and 2015's hit AS YOU LIKE IT. READ MORE
Single tickets available April 16, 2017 | Reserved Seating
Night in White Dinner and Opening Night Tickets - July 15th
Enjoy live music and an elegant al fresco, white linen dinner in beautiful Village Park before the show. Remember to dress in white, and start the evening off in style, with the best seats in the house guaranteed. A wonderful social event that sells out every year!
TICKETS $100, LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE
One night only. Saturday Night, July 15. Service and seating starts at 6:15pm.
Harry Groener is Prospero
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.
Groener 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.
Morlan Higgins is Caliban
SOC announces legendary LA Actor Morlan Higgins will play Caliban in THE TEMPEST! Higgins is a five-time LA DRAMA CRITICS' CIRCLE AWARD WINNER for Best Actor. He is also the first person to ever win back-to-back LA OVATION AWARDS for Best Actor
Hal Landon, Jr is Gonzalo
SOC announces one of the most beloved actors in the history of Orange County, Hal "Ebenezer Scrooge" Landon, Jr, will return this summer as Gonzalo in THE TEMPEST, opening in July! Mr. Landon played Polonius in last year's audience hit and critically-acclaimed HAMLET, and SOC is thrilled to welcome him back.
Mr. Landon is a founding member of Orange County's Tony-Award winning South Coast Repertory, where he has played more than 100 roles, including 37 years as Scrooge in SCR's annual hit, A CHRISTMAS CAROL. His film roles include such classics as BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE, BILL AND TED'S BOGUS JOURNEY, David Lynch's ERASERHEAD, PEE WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY and last year's HBO sensation ALL THE WAY.
Peter Uribe, Director
Director Peter Uribe has signed on to direct SOC's 2017 production of THE TEMPEST. SOC is thrilled to have Mr. Uribe back, after directing HAMLET (with David Denman), which was named by OC critics as last year's BEST DRAMA IN ORANGE COUNTY, AS YOU LIKE IT, and our smash hit musical PIRATES OF PENZANCE over the past two seasons. Mr. Uribe also played Juliet's father in SOC's landmark 2015 attendance-shattering production of ROMEO AND JULIET. His long directing career includes the rock musical QUADROPHENIA for Pete Townsend and THE WHO, and the current development of a new musical for the Arthur Miller Estate, based on Mr. Miller's play, THE CREATION OF THE WORLD AND OTHER BUSINESS. He is an LA WEEKLY AWARD winner and is dedicating THE TEMPEST to his father, who remains to this day his number one hero. Welcome back, Peter!
Dipak Gupta, Scenic and Lighting Designer
SOC welcomes internationally noted Scenic and Lighting Designer, Dipak Gupta, to THE TEMPEST team! THE TEMPEST promises to be the most beautiful and magical production SOC has taken on. Don't miss this rare chance to see Shakespeare's last play staged in all its glory on the beautiful outdoor stage of the Festival Amphitheater in Garden Grove.
Mr. Gupta has designed scenery for the Santa Fe Opera, Opera Africa Johannesburg, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Gotham Opera NYC, Wolf Trap Opera, the Manhattan School of Music, Opera Pacific, Geva Theater Center, Syracuse Stage, Seattle ACT, San Jose Rep, the Berkshire Opera Company, Skylight Opera, Madison Opera, the NJ Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and the Teatro UNAM Festival in Mexico City.
He is a licensed California architect with completed building projects in California, New York, New Hampshire, Washington, and New Mexico. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Set Design from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He is the new Head of Design at UCI, and will work to build opportunities for his talented MFA and BFA Design students at SOC.
Miock Ji, Choreography
Acclaimed international cultural leader, performer, and teacher, Miock Ji, joins SOC this summer to appear in and choreograph THE TEMPEST! Miock is thrilled to be a part of this exciting production, and brings her 35 years of experience in her homeland of Korea, in the US, and abroad, both as a star performer and as choreographer, to her first experience with a Shakespeare play.
Korean audiences know her well as a cultural ambassador and expert in ancient dance, a thrilling drummer and dancer, and a master choreographer, whose mission has been to spread the beauty and excitement of Korean arts and culture. In her storied career she has been a pioneer artist, bringing her work to such forefronts as leading the famous Hollywood Christmas parade, as well as Cultural festivals throughout the US and in Mexico. She is the founder and leader of The Traditional Korean Dance Academy and Performing Arts Group in Rowland Heights, where she now lives, and looks forward to introducing her dancers to Shakespeare, and to filling his island with the sounds, magic and beauty of her ancient culture.