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Shakespeare Orange County goes all in on ethnic diversity. Will it work?

Shakespeare Orange County goes all in on ethnic diversity. Will it work?

Like platinum and gold, Shakespeare’s plays can be stretched and twisted into any number of unusual shapes without losing their intrinsic brilliance. To kick off its second season at the 540-seat Festival Amphitheatre in Garden Grove, the recently reconstituted Shakespeare Orange County will manipulate “Romeo and Juliet” (July 11-Aug. 1). The company is betting its survival on being able to turn its seasons into a cultural town commons where the area’s diverse ethnic communities can meet. Vietnamese American actor Trieu Tran plays Romeo and Nikki SooHoo, a Chinese American whose screen credits include “The Lovely Bones” and “Bring it On: Fight to...

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