The Pleasure of His Company - Special Event

Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso

Sunday, April 23 at 3:00PM
Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Performing Arts Center
Free event - donations appreciated.


Honoring the anniversary of the birth and death of William Shakespeare, classical theatre giants Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso star in, The Pleasure of His Company: Our Love Affair with William Shakespeare and the First Folio, an evening of personal recollections, dramatic scenes and stories of Shakespeare's influence on Kim and Occhiogrosso's lives and careers for more than four decades.  The two-character performance piece, conceived and written by Kim and Occhiogrosso for the celebration of Shakespeare’s 400-year legacy, combines performance of signature Shakespearean dramatic scenes with performance pieces which celebrate Shakespeare’s contribution to world literature. The evening is also a tribute to the First Folio, the 1623 collection of Shakespeare’s plays which scholars cite as the most authentic and reliable versions of a majority of the playwright’s texts. 

This is a FREE event. Reservations are HIGHLY recommended.

Donations appreciated.


For over 40 years, Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso have devoted their lives to the classical theatre through acting, directing teaching, commissioning new translations of classical works and developing a singular approach to classical text interpretation which combines, research, training and production. Central to their work with William Shakespeare is their dependence upon the First Folio as an interpretative guide. This life-long dedication to classical theatre led to their founding, in 1979, along with founding partner Charles J. Bright, now deceased, of American Players Theatre, Spring Green, WI, the only professional, outdoor classical rotating repertory theatre company in America at that time. 

Randall Duk Kim; Then Came Each Actor, 2015
(photo credit: Robert Eberle)

As the pioneers of Centenary Stage Company’s ever popular Great Authors Out Loud Series, Kim and Occhiogrosso have created a corner-stone in the CSC season that provides an in-depth exploration of classical text while engaging its audiences in lively talk back discussions.  Kim and Occhiogrosso have organized and performed in 10 installments of the series bringing to life the classics ranging from Shakespeare and Moliere to Ibsen and even highlighting the works of Mark Twain, James Thurber and Dorothy Parker.  Additionally, Kim and Occhiogrosso’s original piece Then Came Each Actor, highlighting the men and women of the Classical Theater, made its world premiere with Centenary Stage Company in the spring of 2015.  The production celebrated the lives and works of such theater greats as Sarah Siddons, Henry Irving, Julia Marlowe, Edwin Booth, Eleanora Duse, Paul Robeson, Morris Carnovsky and many others of whom, through their tireless dedication to the craft of acting, shaped the face of modern theater.  Additionally, Then Came Each Actor featured Kim and Occhiogrosso’s personal collection of photos, programs, stories and theatrical treasures which have provided the inspiration for their own work in the theater.

 


Randall Duk Kim

Winner of the OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence, Kim began his early career with the legendary Joe Papp and the New York Public Theatre's Shakespeare Festival and performed leading classical roles at some of America's finest regional theatres including Hamlet, Shylock, King Lear, Falstaff and Oedipus Rex, among many others. He has been seen on Broadway in Flower Drum Song, Golden Child and The King and I but perhaps is most universally recognized as "The Keymaker" in the film Matrix Reloaded and the voice of "Oogway" in the DreamWorks' animated films Kung Fu Panda 1 and 3. Mr. Kim's TV and film work includes the BBC Special Prisoner in Time, Anna and the King, Memoirs of a Geisha, Dragonball Ninja Assassin, Elementary and John Wick.

 

 

Anne Occhiogrosso

Director Anne Occhiogrosso received national attention for her body of work at American Players Theatre where she was co-artistic director. An acclaimed director, dramaturg, acting coach and actress, her focus has always been classical theatre with a special emphasis on the works of William Shakespeare. At the American Players Theatre, she directed 16 Shakespearean plays along with works of by Moliere, Ibsen, Plautus, and Chekhov. She also performed the roles of The Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Gertrude in Hamlet, Natalya in The Proposal, Madame Arkadina in The Seagull, Jocasta in Oedipus Rex and Anna Petrovna in Ivanov, a production which was co-directed by Morris Carnovsky and Phoebe Brand who have served as career mentors to both Kim and Occhiogrosso. She has also taught at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting and the New York Shakespeare Festival.