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Friday, June 14, 2024

Centenary Stage Company’s Great Authors Out Loud Series Celebrates Shakespeare

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. – Centenary Stage Company’s Great Authors Out Loud Series returns with a “Celebration of Shakespeare” through a collection of Shakespeare’s works. This event will celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday and the 400th anniversary of his first folio. Presented by Anne Occhiogrosso and Randall Duk Kim, this event is free to attend, and advanced reservations require a $5 donation. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Centenary Stage Company box office at 908-979-0900 or visit Centenary Stage Company on-line at www.centenarystageco.org.

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 productions. This life-long dedication to classical theatre led to their founding the American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wisconsin in 1979 along with their founding partner Charles J. Bright, now deceased. This was the only professional, outdoor classical theatre company with a rotating repertory in America at the time. Under their combined leadership, American Players Theatre received a Tony Award nomination in 1985 for “Outstanding Regional Theatre in America.”

As creators of the Centenary Stage Company series “Great Authors Out Loud,” Kim and Occhiogrosso have offered many readings from a wide variety of authors. Previous events include readings of works by Edgar Allen Poe, Mark Twain, Dorothy Parker and James Thurber, as well as classical theatre playwrights William Shakespeare, Sophocles, Moliere, Chekhov and Ibsen. The Great Authors Out Loud series offers education through entertainment and has drawn a loyal and enthusiastic following since 2012.

Centenary Stage Company’s “A Celebration of Shakespeare” will take place on Sunday, April 23 at 7 pm in the Kutz Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown.