Great Authors Out Loud Series

Randall Duk Kim & Anne Occhiogrosso
"The Pleasure of his Company: Our Love Affair with William Shakespeare"
Saturday, April 23 at 2pm
EDITH KUTZ THEATER of the Lackland Center

The Pleasure of His Company: Our Love Affair with William Shakespeare,” an afternoon of personal recollections, scenes and stories of Shakespeare’s influence on Kim and Occhiogrosso’s lives and careers for more than four decades
And a special tribute to the First Folio of 1623, the text from which they have worked for forty years.

What makes a girl from a working class family in Maspeth, Queens, New York and a boy from a carnation farm in Honolulu, Hawaii fall head over heels in love with William Shakespeare, a playwright from whom most run away, and spend the next 45 years of their lives dedicating themselves to the works of this great playwright?  Both encountered the playwright from a very early age and have gathered funny, heartfelt and inspiring stories and had the privilege of embodying some of his greatest characters and directing his best plays over that time and invite you to share the pleasure of his company with them this April.

The 2-character presentation, conceived and written by Kim and Occhiogrosso to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, which interestingly enough shares the day with that of his birth and to pay tribute to the First Folio of 1623, a collection of Shakespeare’s plays which scholars cite as the most authentic and reliable versions of a majority of the playwright’s texts. The audience will be treated to their own private lesson of how to use the text in performance.  2016 is  a special year in which the Folger Shakespeare Library is sending eight copies on a national tour and and exhibit. New Jersey will host one of these copies atDrew University this October.

RANDALL DUK KIM, the heir to the grand classical theatre tradition in America as espoused by Morris Carnovsky & Phoebe Brand, John Houseman, Katherine Cornell and Eva LeGallienne, is universally acknowledged as this country’s finest classical stage actor.  In 1979, Kim, along with Anne Occhiogrosso and Charles Bright, co-founded American Players Theatre in Spring Green, WI, the country’s largest outdoor professional rotating repertory theatre company dedicated solely to Shakespeare and the great classics of the theatre.  Kim served as artistic director and playing the title roles in Hamlet, King Lear, Titus Andronicus, King John, Marlowe’s Tamberlaine the Great, Chekhov’s Ivanov and Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex as well as Shylock, Prospero, Puck, Petruchio, Romeo, Friar Laurence, Brutus, Malvolio, Falstaff, Chubukov and Svetlovidov in Chekhov’s The Proposal and Swan Song, Dr. Stockmann in Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, and Orgon in Moliere’s Tartuffe and many more. Critical to the success of the company and the growth of APT’s sterling reputation for the production of classical theatre, was the creation, by Kim and Occhiogrosso, of the APT Classical Theatre Training Academy which offered in-depth training in voice, movement, scene study, stage combat, make-up and theatre arts.

On Broadway, Randall was seen as Master Wang in Flower Drum Song, Eng Tieng-Bin in Golden Child and The Kralahome in The King and I. He was also seen as Omar Khayyam in Kismet at New York City Center Encores! He played Belarius in Cymbeline at the NY Shakespeare Festival, Marc in Yasminia Reza’s ART at the Singapore Repertory Theatre and Koichi Asano in Leonard Spigelgass’s A Majority of One, co-starring with Phyllis Newman, at the Jewish Repertory Theatre in NYC and on tour.  Other New York credits include:  New York Shakespeare Festival: Shlink in Brecht’s In the Jungle of Cities, Trinculo in The Tempest (Lincoln Center) and Pericles in Pericles; American Place Theatre: Rochelle Owens’ The Karl Marx Play, Steven Tesich’s Nourish the Beast, and Frank Chin’s The Chickencoop Chinaman and The Year of  the Dragon; at Circle Rep:, Walt Whitman in Richard Howard’s Wildflowers.
Among Kim’s most notable film and television include: The Keymaker in Matrix Reloaded; The Tattoo Master in Ninja Assassin; Grandpa Gohan in Dragonball Revolution; the voice of Oogway in DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda and in the DVD, Secrets of the Furious Five; Dashiell Briggs in Fringe;  Uncle Lau in 3 episodes of Thief, the Foreman, the Old Man and Auntie Yaga in Year of the Fish,  Dr. Crab in Memoirs of a Geisha; Mr. Hung in Falling For Grace, Whitaker in Homecoming; General Alak in Anna and the King, Alan Chan in The Replacement Killers; Master Shu in The Lost Empire; and Nagase Takashi in Prisoners In Time for BBC television. Kim will appear as the Old Man in The Temple in M. Night Shyamalan’s, The Last Airbender to be released in July, 2010  As a young actor, Randall played Asia in The Hawaiians, was seen in four episodes of Hawaii Five O and played in Steven Tesich’s Hollywood PBS Special, Nourish the Beast.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Mr. Kim made his stage debut at the age of eighteen playing Malcolm in Macbeth.  His love of classics, especially Shakespeare, led him to the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis where he played Hamlet in Hamlet, Bishop Nicolas in Ibsen’s The Pretenders, and Zhevakin in Gogol’s The Marriage.  At the ACT in San Francisco, he played Richard III in Richard III, and performed in The Taming of the Shrew, Three Penny Opera, O’Neill’s Marco Millions and J. B. Priestley’s When We Are Married.  Mr. Kim has also performed with the Champlain Shakespeare Festival, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Baltimore Centre Stage, Yale Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, as well as toured in one-man shows of Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman and a potpourri of classics, What Should Such Fellows As I Do?

Mr. Kim received an Off Broadway Obie Award for “Sustained Excellence of Performance” in the legitimate theater.


ANNE OCCHIOGROSSO has received national acclaim for her work as an Artistic Director, theater direct or and dramaturge and acting coach for 35 years. Although she has worked with a broad spectrum of plays and scripts, her primary focus has been the classical theater with a special emphasis on the works of William Shakespeare. She co-founded the American Players Theatre with Randall Duk Kim and Charles Bright in 1979, where she directed 16 Shakespearean productions including Hamlet, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice.  Along with the works of Shakespeare, she has directed Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters, Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, Chekhov’s The Bear, The Wedding, Swan Song and performed the role of Madam Arkadina in The Seagull. She co-directed Moliere’s Tartuffe and Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex with Mr. Kim and performed the roles of Dorine and Jocasta, opposite Mr. Kim, respectively. She has studied with Morris Carnovsky and Phoebe Brand and performed the role of Anna Petrovna in a production of Chekhov’s Ivanov. Ms. Occhiogrosso has taught acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting and the New York Shakespeare Festival and has been a guest instructor for schools throughout the country. She teaches acting with Classical Productions, Inc. and coaches individuals for auditions, character development and script analysis for film, television and theater.