The Division of the Arts and the Wisconsin Union Directorate are pleased to present the world premiere of Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso starring 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 at 7:00 pm on October 21, 2016 at Shannon Hall in the Wisconsin Union Theater.
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. The performance is a prelude to the Folger Shakespeare Library’s national exhibition of an original edition of the First Folio in Madison November 3 – December 11 at the Chazen Museum of Art (the only location in Wisconsin).
The Friday, October 21 performance will include signature scenes from Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth and many other Shakespeare plays. The performance will be followed by a Q&A session with the artists. It is free to the public with reservations required. On Wednesday, October 19, Kim and Occhiogrosso will teach a Shakespeare Masterclass to UW–Madison Department of Theatre and Drama students using the First Folio starting at 10:00 am. The public is welcome; seating is limited.
The Pleasure of His Company: Our Love Affair with William Shakespeare and the First Folio
Date: Friday, October 21, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Shannon Hall, Wisconsin Union Theater
800 Langdon Street, Madison
This performance is sold out!