The New Circle Artists’ One Woman Venus and Adonis

Venus and Adonis Misha Bouvion

Misha Bouvion takes on Shakespeare’s epic poem Venus and Adonis in a one-woman theatrical production presented by The New Circle Artists, Saturdays through May 11. Bouvion’s lusty interpretation of the text vacillates between boldly erotic and laugh-out-loud funny as she portrays the goddess of love, spurned by a young mortal hunter who prefers the love of the hunt to the sexual advances of a goddess.

The story is a twist on Ovid’s Metamorphoses in which Adonis returned Venus’ affection and became her longtime lover. Here he resists her advances, and in Shakespeare’s day, the role reversal was a huge hit with audiences. His narrative is filled with explicit language and descriptive passages that drive Venus onward in her pursuit of the handsome Adonis. But the more she persists, the more he resists, and her unwavering determination to conquer him results in endless opportunities for humor, as is often the case with love.  More


Tom Bradac ‘Czechs’ One Off His Bucket List

(L to R): Amanda Zarr, Michael Drace Fountain, Evelyn Carol Case, Misha Bouvian. Production photos by Katie Wilson

Whether you have it written down on paper or simply keep it filed away in the back of your mind, everyone has a bucket list; those things you’d like to do before you…well…kick the bucket. This summer, Shakespeare Orange County’s Artistic Director, Tom Bradac gets to cross one item off his list that’s been on it for a very long time – namely, to go to The Fringe. Little did he know that it would be in a very unique city (Prague, CZ) with a very unusual project (Shakespeare’s rarely produced erotic poem Venus and Adonis).

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Shakespeare Orange County Opens Season with Richard III

Shakespeare Orange County opens their twenty first season with Richard III in their Garden Grove open air Festival Amphitheatre July 19 – August 4. Returning this year are John Walcutt as Richard, Evelyn Carol Case as Queen Elizabeth and Amanda Zarr as Lady Anne. Veteran company member Carl Reggiardo directs this production.

Reggiardo compares the character of Richard to the ultimate example of the ‘Killer King,’ or the ‘Poisoned Prince.’ “He lets nothing and no one stand in the way of his quest for power,” says Reggiardo. Richard III abounds with themes of family vs. family, father vs. son, and More

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. More

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