With Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso
April 10-26, 2015
Kutz Theater of the Lackland Center
“The best actors in the world either for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral…These are the only men…”
--Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2
A celebration of and tribute to the legendary actors and actresses of the great classical stage tradition -- Sarah Siddons, Henry Irving, Julia Marlowe, Edwin Booth, Sarah Bernhardt, Eleonora Duse, Paul Robeson, Morris Carnovsky and Phoebe Brand -- whose body of work and lives on and off the stage have inspired Kim and Occhiogrosso for over four decades.
"Occhigrosso’s rage and sorrow as she surrenders her child, all she has left, was devastating. This was genuine theatrical magic. We are transported to that moment and that place, without scenery, without props, without costumes, into the heart of that woman. No special effects. Just the ability of a great actor."
"This story, mainly from the point of view of the great actor and how his relationship to the killer of Lincoln influenced his career, was beautifully relayed. There were tears in the audience, and also, apparently, in the eyes of Kim."
- Shelia Abrams; NJ Arts Maven
"...the pair irresistibly draw us into reveling in their delight and reverence as they recall the glory and triumphs of these actors."
- Bob Rendell; Talkin' Broadway
For over 40 years Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso have collected photos, programs, stories and a plethora of theatrical treasures which have provided the inspiration of their own work in the theater. Sarah Siddons,Henry Irving, Julia Marlowe, Edwin Booth, Duse, Paul Robeson, Morris Carnovsky and many many more, all but forgotten in our world of special effects, reality TV, and social media, for a brief time come alive through the sometimes funny, sometimes tragic stories of their lives interspersed with scenes from the plays in which they acted and the fleeting remembrances of their grand performances. Simply put, it is a tribute to the men and women of the Classical theater upon who's giant shoulders we stand and for whose work we are forever grateful.
The 2-character program combines performance of signature scenes with recollections and memoirs of these famous actors along with other memorable tales from their lives. The production will also feature over 100 pieces of memorabilia from these legendary performances and lives which Kim and Occhiogrosso have collected. Kim notes: “To remember and revere actors such as these is to reflect upon our own standards of dedication and serves to inspire our work.”
RANDALL DUK KIM born and raised in Hawaii, made his stage debut at the age of eighteen playing Malcolm in Macbeth. His love of classics, especially Shakespeare, led him to a successful career in theatre where he received an Obie Award for "Sustained Excellence of Performance." He co-founded American Players Theater in Wisconsin with Anne Occhiogrosso and Charles Bright, serving as Artistic Director and playing the title roles in several classic plays. Kim began his early career with the legendary Joe Papp and the New York Public Theatre’s Shakespeare Festival, and continued to perform leading roles at some of America’s finest regional theatres. He has been seen on Broadway in FLOWER DRUM SONG, GOLDEN CHILD and THE KING AND I, but perhaps is most recognized as “The Keymaker” in the film MATRIX RELOADED, and the voice of “Oogway” in the DreamWorks’ animated film KUNG FU PANDA. Mr. Kim’s TV and film work includes the BBC Special Prisoner in Time, Anna and the King, Memoirs of a Geisha, Ninja Assassin, and more.
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.
Thurs. 7:30pm; Fri. & Sat. 8pm; Wed., Fri., Sun. Matinee 2pm
*Special Student Matinee Wednesday, April 15 at 10:30am. Call the box office for more details!
Ticket Pricing: Adult Seniors/Students Children (-12)
Matinees/Friday $25.00 $22.50 $17.50
Saturday $27.50 $25.00 $17.50
Thursday (Family Night) $25.00 ALL SEATS
*Thursday (Family Night) also offers a 2 for 1 when purchased at the door.