Theatre journal publishes Kelly’s interview with acclaimed actor Randall Duk Kim

An interview with acclaimed actor Randall Duk Kim by UW–Madison’s Baron Kelly was published in the Journal of American Drama and Theatre.

Baron Kelly

Kelly is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in the School of Education’s Department of Theatre and Drama. He holds a concurrent appointment with the Odyssey Project in the Division of Continuing Studies.

Kelly spoke with Kim — a Chinese-Korean American actor who was born in Hawaii — about Asian American representation in theatre, Kim’s approach to his work as an actor, and the origins of American Players Theatre, which he cofounded with his wife, Anne Occhiogrosso, and late business partner, Charles Bright, in Spring Green, Wisconsin, in 1979.

Among his questions, Kelly asked Kim to share advice or wisdom for young actors. Kim replied that he wants young actors to work to “strengthen and expand their imaginations.”

“What’s happening in our time is imaginations are withering into nothing,” he said.

“I don’t know whether there’s a study on our capacity to imagine. And yet, Einstein said imagination is more important than knowledge. We need to strengthen our imagination somehow to do meaningful work in the theatre. Otherwise, it’s all going to be small, withered, malformed, not healthy, not robust, not as wide-ranging as humankind is. I think. All our stories are rich.”

Read Kelly’s full interview with Kim, “A Sojourn in the Embodiment of Words,” at

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