If you don't know who Mark Rylance is, shame on you.
Miles Mandwelle (President of the Mark Rylance Appreciation Society)
In spite of Mark Rylance's astonishing career and two Tony awards, I'm always surprised to know that a majority of people, mostly theatre artists, are unaware of his work.
Please consider this a Public Service Announcement.
For anyone wondering, Mark Rylance is arguably the greatest actor in the English-speaking world.
My first introduction to him was as an audience member at the 2008 Drama Desk Awards, where he read a poem. He gave a similar speech at the Tony awards, winning for Boeing-Boeing.
Then, I had the honor of seeing him in person, live in La Bête. For the record, the show played to a small but wildly appreciative audience at the Music Box Theatre. It changed my life. Mark Rylance delivered a tour-de-force performance, including a half-an-hour nonsense monologue that was nothing short of fascinating.
Possibly the greatest regret of my theatre-going career is not catching Jerusalem. The New York Times declared that Rylance gives "a seismic performance that threatens to level the Music Box Theatre."
And now he's coming back to New York City in TWO PLAYS! TWO!
In Twelfth Night, as Olivia and Richard III, as Richard!!!
WHO WANTS TO GO WITH ME?