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Newport Beach Vineyards & Laguna Playhouse present Summer Solstice with Shakespeare

“Good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used,” wrote William Shakespeare.

Wine and Shakespeare will both be well used when Newport Beach Vineyards & Winery and The Laguna Playhouse team up to present “First Summer Night in the Vineyards,” an evening of wine, food and frivolity on Wednesday, June 20—the first official evening of summer.


“We decided to pair the Playhouse and the Winery by presenting theatre in the vineyards, and what better day to do that than the summer solstice,” says Justin Myers, managing director for Newport Beach Vineyards and a board member of Laguna Playhouse. “We’re erecting a small stage in front of the vines near the wine cave.”

That stage will be used to present short vignettes from two of Shakespeare’s most popular plays: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Taming of the Shrew.



Hyatt Regency Irvine is providing the cuisine, which includes Cured Pork Sausage with Paprika and Sour Dough Bread, California Halibut Fritters with Saffron Aioli, Twice Cooked Pork Belly with Sweet Onion Sauce, Crispy Salt and Pepper Free Range Chicken Wings with Almond Spicey Lemon Glaze, and an Artisanal Cheese Selection. Justin’s mother, Cherri Penne-Myers, is making her signature Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

Cost is $90 per person. Proceeds benefit The Laguna Playhouse. Various sponsorship levels are available, as is a special VIP experience that includes tastings of rare wine and a tour of the estate.

For more information, visit or call (949) 497-2787 ext. 217.

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Christopher Trela

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