Shakespeare Orange County has announced that its 22nd season will include “Twelfth Night or What You Will” and “The Tragedie of Macbeth.”
The award-winning professional theatre company performs in the 550-seat Festival Amphitheatre in Garden Grove.
“Twelfth Night or What You Will” is the ultimate fairy tale, previewing on July 18 and running through Aug. 3. When shipwreck and storm deliver the beautiful Viola to the shores of Illyria, she dresses as a man in order to gain willful employment.
A lost brother found, a bizarre love triangle, and a resolution of mistaken identities bring lovers together in one of the Bard’s most loved comedies. Veteran actors John Walcutt will play the part of Malvolio and John Frederick Jones returns in the role of Sir Toby Belch.
Co-directors are Thomas F. Bradac and Alyssa Bradac.
Widely acknowledged as one of William Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies,“Macbeth” is a story of murder, corruption and deceit. The tale of Macbeth is also one of pure evil— and the pursuit of power as potent today as it was in ancient Scotland.
Macbeth depicts the struggle between honor and ambition, good and evil as the witches tempt Macbeth with ultimate power and the cunning Lady Macbeth prods him to murder.
In time paranoia evolves and Macbeth discovers that power achieved by bloodshed canonly be maintained by more bloodshed. The production will run Aug. 15-31. Thomas F. Bradac will direct.
Both John Walcutt and Evelyn Carol Case return to the Festival Amphitheatre in the roles of Macbeth and his lady after performing in last season’s production of “Richard III.”
Season tickets may currently be purchased online at the Shakespeare OrangeCounty website: http://www.shakespeareoc.org or by calling (714) 744-7016. The Festival Amphitheatre is located in the Village Green, 12762 Main St., Garden Grove.
Performances for all SOC productions begin at 8:15 p.m. A special green show will be presented nightly at 7:30 p.m., and free pre-performance discussions with Dr. Kent Lehnhoff will be conducted on selected evenings.