2016 Season Under the Stars


The readiness is all.

You might think that a play that has been sweeping through the public and critical imagination for more than 400 years would have settled itself into a single meaning. But the restless heart of this quintessential masterwork of Shakespeare refuses to be so defined.

Be ready to witness Denmark’s most tortured Prince transform from a boy … to a man … to a murderer … to a legend.

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As You Like It

We that are true lovers run into strange capers.

This much-loved comedy of love and disguise, exile and companionship, is reimagined in the world of Depression-era drifters and American folk music. Riding the rails to the Forest of Arden, Rosalind meets a fantastic array of characters. Playing games of disguise and pretense, she digs deep into her lover’s heart and winds up surprised by what she learns of her own. Join us for an evening of love, fantasy, and companionship … as you like it.

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“If music be the food of love, play on!”
Music Mondays

Mozart Monday III

The New Swan String Quartet with Mitchell Newman & Rafi Rishik, violins; Ben Simon, viola; Gianna Abondolo, cello; and special guest David Howard, clarinet…

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Mariachi Las Colibri II

LAS COLIBRÍ or “The Hummingbirds,” have a passion for music, beauty, and girl power. These women are flying into new territory as one of the most unique ensembles of its genre …

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Max Haymer Jazz Trio II

A proud alum of UCIrvine, Max has been lighting up the jazz world with his scintillating keyboard wizardry. Max was named a Rising Star by the Orange County Performing Arts Center …

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“How far that little candle throws his beam!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.”

Seminars & Education

  • Seminar Series
  • Community Conversations
  • Shakespeare Weekend
  • Friday Folios Series
  • Apprentice Program

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Our New Swan Theater

  • 16-ton movable, 130 seat, mini-Elizabethan theater.
  • Every seat is very close to the action.
  • Winner of Arts Orange County Award 2013: Outstanding Contribution to the Built Environment.

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  • Early Ticket Purchase and many more benefits
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  • Sponsor an Actor
  • Become an Honorary Producer

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New Swan Shakespeare Festival is hosted and produced in collaboration with the University of California, Irvine, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, and the Department of Drama.

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