By Jim Tortolano/Garden Grove Journal
After nearly two generations of staging Shakespeare in Garden Grove’s theater, Thomas F. “Tom” Bradac will be retiring this August as producing artistic director of Shakespeare Orange County.
Bradac will co-direct “Twelfth Night” and “Macbeth” in this, SOC’s 22nd season. Both plays will be on stage at the Festival Amphitheatre on Main Street in Garden Grove.
“I’m lucky to have spent 34 years producing, directing and occasionally acting in these great plays in Orange County,” said Bradac. “A special thank you to the city of Garden Grove for its support and encouragement while in Garden Grove and Dr. James Doti for nurturing the theater in its formative years in Orange.”
Bradac, a Garden Grove resident, founded the Grove Shakespeare Festival in 1979, with productions in the Gem Theater and the amphitheater. In 1991 he established Shakespeare Orange County at Chapman University in Orange, where he is a professor of theater.
SOC moved back to Garden Grove in 2004.
Bradac will continue at Chapman. One of his daughters, Alyssa, is completing an MFA in directing from the University of Calgary and will co-direct this season.
His retirement may not mean the end of Shakespeare at the Village Green Park.
The SOC Board of Directors is interested in continuing the non-profit theater; the City of Garden Grove, which owns the facility, may put out a request for proposals for potential operators or tenants of the 550-seat amphitheater.