Irvine Weekly writer Evan J. Lancaster reports on UC Irvine’s New Swan Shakespeare Festival celebrating a decade of taking center stage with a a 120-person gala at the Barclay Theatre Plaza in Irvine on Friday, July 15. It was a welcome event, as it’s been paused with a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In-person Shakespearean performances resumed this past April.
“The occasion of our gala was cause for celebration on so many levels,” says Chancellor’s Professor Eli Simon, artistic director, New Swan Shakespeare Festival,. “I was filled with gratitude that the campus and community embraces New Swan so passionately, that there’s joy at our return to live theater, and that so many people care so deeply about the success of our artistic endeavors. In the words of the Bard, ‘What more can I say but thanks, thanks, and ever thanks.’”