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Santiago Canyon College to Host Shakespeare in the Park for Second Year on April 21


​​(ORANGE, CA) – Santiago Canyon College (SCC) to host Shakespeare in the Park for the second year, Thursday, April 21 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the grassy knoll next to the Lorenzo Ramirez Library at SCC. Santiago Canyon College is located at 8045 E. Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA, 92869.

The evening’s schedule features:

• 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Open mic/poetry readings

• 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Scene and monologue performances

• 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Film Viewing, Othello (1995)

william shakespeareAt the event there will be an open mic where anyone who wants to participate can sign up at the event. Monologues from The Two Gentlemen of Verona will be performed by students from SCC instructor Kate Stone’s Theatre Arts 100 class; and scenes from Henry VIII and Othello, the Moor of Venice will be performed by Professor Corinna Evett’s English 233B, Shakespeare’s Tragedies and Histories Plays. Following the performances, the film Othello (1995) will be shown.

William Shakespeare was born April 23, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Shakespeare lived until his 52nd birthday on April 23, 1616. For 23 of the 52 years Shakespeare was alive he is thought to have written 38 plays and 154 sonnets. Shakespeare is a celebrated playwright whose works have been performed countless times, adapted to film on several occasions, and read in classrooms throughout the world.

The film Othello (1995) directed by Oliver Parker will be shown. The film stars Laurence Fishbourne, Kenneth Branagh, Irene Jacob, and Nathaniel Parker. Othello (1995) is adapted from Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice. This is the first cinematic version of the play released by a major studio that casts an African American actor to play the role of Othello.

The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice was first performed in 1604 by the King’s Men for the court of James I. This play went on to be performed many times at The Globe and Blackfriars theatres. The plot was primarily based on the short story, Un Capitano Moro (“A Moorish Captain”) from Italian writer Cinthio Gaimbattista Giraldi’s book of short stories, Hecatommithi. Giraldi’s book was first published in Venice in 1566.​​​

The English and performing arts departments at SCC will host the event alongside Santiago Canyon College Foundation and the Associated Student Government (ASG) at SCC. The event will be free and open to the public. Parking will be free in student lots. Please bring beach chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets to the event to enjoy the event. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information contact SCC English professor Corinna Evett at 714-628-4829 or

About Santiago Canyon College

Santiago Canyon College (SCC) serves about 14,000 students each semester. The college prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions and careers, and provides courses for personal and professional development, as well as customized training for business and industry. The college is recognized for its adult education program which keeps the working adult - and senior - in mind by offering flexible schedules, and community locations. Serving the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park, SCC is one of two comprehensive colleges under the auspices of the Rancho Santiago Community College District. Visit to learn more.

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