Shakespeare Orange County Announces Season plus a Production in Prague

(From left) The cast of Venus & Adonis: Amanda Zarr, Evelyn Carol Case, Michael Nehring, Michael Drace Fountain, Misha Bouvion. Photo by Leonard Suryajaya.

Shakespeare Orange County has announced its 21st season which will include productions of Richard III, Venus and Adonis and Much Ado About Nothing. Richard III will feature John Walcutt in the title role with Carl Reggiardo directing the production. Walcutt returns after appearing as Cassius in last season’s production of Julius Caesar. An accomplished actor, he has been featured in over 200 film and television shows including Titanic, Sea Biscuit, Little Miss Sunshine, Grey’s Anatomy, and Mad Men. Theatre credits include work for South Coast Repertory, The Old Globe in San Diego, La Jolla Playhouse, and The Mark Taper Forum. Producing artistic director, Thomas F. Bradac will direct both Venus and Adonis and Much Ado About Nothing.

Coming direct from Prague, Shakespeare OC’s staging of Shakespeare’s romantic and highly erotic poem, Venus and Adonis, will be presented for two performances only on August 10 & 11. The company was invited to perform at this year’s internationally acclaimed Praha Fringe Festival in the Czech Republic. Venus and Adonis is a stunning, wry, poignant, erotic poem laden with theatricality, irony, passion and pathos. The production features Evelyn Carol Case, Michael Nehring, Michael D. Fountain, Misha Bouvion, Alyssa Bradac and Amanda Zarr.

The season concludes with one of the bard’s most recognized comedies about love and romance, Much Ado About Nothing. This “Much Ado” features Michael Nehring as Benedict, and Evelyn Carol Case as Beatrice. It’s a battle of the sexes with capers, carrying on, and scheming like you’ve never seen before. It will run August 16-September 1.

All three productions will be presented at The Festival Amphitheatre, 12740 Main Street, Garden Grove. For production schedule and ticket information, call the box office at (714) 744-7016 or visit www.shakespeareoc.org.

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