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ALICE: "You did love me?"
DAN: "I'll always love you. You changed my life."

Scott Plusquellec as Dan and Angela DiMarco as Alice in the final scene of Act 1 from ReAct's Closer.
Photo: David Hsieh.


The Cast

(in order of appearance)

Alice, a girl from the town
Angela DiMarco
Dan, a man from the suburbs
Scott Plusquellec
Larry, a man from the city
Gordon Hendrickson
Anna, a woman from the country
Shawnmarie Yates-Stanton


LARRY: "He's taller than his photo."
ANNA: "His photo's a head shot."

Gordon Hendrickson as Larry and Shawnmarie Yates-Stanton as Anna in the gallery scene from ReAct's Closer.
Photo: David Hsieh..


Directed by
David Hsieh


ANNA: "I don't kiss strange men."
DAN: "Neither do I."

Shawnmarie Yates-Stanton as Anna and Scott Plusquellec as Dan in ReAct's Closer.
Photo: David Hsieh.


The Crew

Stage Manager & Sound Operator
Nikki Wilhelm
Lighting Designer
Jon Harmon
House Manager, Prop Master, Publicist, Set & Projections Designer
David Hsieh
Rear Projectionist
Molly Norstrand
Running Crew
ShawnJ West
David Hsieh
/
Serin Ngai/
Emjoy Gavino
Incidental Music
Stephen Cavit
Dialect Coach
Juli Rosenzweig
Fight Choreographer
Lisa Marie Nakamura
Master Carpenter
Michael H. Collinge
Venue Technician & Light Board Operator
Neal Schindler/
Paul Westfall
Production Assistants
Andrew Chin
George Paul Glanzman
Joseph S. Yang

Box Office
Lorna Hee-Chin
David Hsieh
Colleen Burke-Moen
Maydene Pang


LARRY: "Do I have to pay you to talk to me?"
ALICE: "No, but if you want to tip me it's your choice."

Angela DiMarco as Alice and Gordon Hendrickson as Larry in the Lapdance Club scene from ReAct's Closer.
Photo: David Hsieh..


Reviews

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>>The Stranger
>>Seattle Weekly
>>SeattlePlays.com
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DAN: "There's no space. There's not enough...space."

Scott Plusquellec as Dan and Shawnmarie Yates-Stanton as Anna in the final scene from ReAct's Closer.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 
"CLOSER" GRAPHIC
by David Hsieh

Closer


By Patrick Marber

August 15 - September 1, 2002
Bathhouse Theatre



"-- For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction."
-- Newton's 3rd Law of Physics


DAN: "What do you want?"
ALICE: "To be loved."
DAN: "That simple?"
ALICE: "It's a big want."
Angela DiMarco as Alice and Scott
Plusquellec as Dan in the opening
scene of ReAct's Closer.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

LARRY: "I'm famed for my bedside manner."
Shawnmarie Yates-Stanton as
Anna and Gordon Hendrickson
as Larry in the aquarium
scene from ReAct's Closer.
Photo: David Hsieh.


The Program

The Setting

London in the 1990's

Scene 1: St. Bartholomew's Hospital
Scene 2: Anna's Studio
Scene 3: Dan's Flat and Larry's Hospital Desk
Scene 4: The London Zoo Aquarium
Scene 5: Exhibition Gallery
Scene 6: Domestic Interiors
Scene 7: Lapdance Club
Scene 8: Restaurant
Scene 9: National Gallery Museum
Scene 10: Larry's Surgery Office
Scene 11: Hotel
Scene 12: Postman's Park


Closer

was first presented in the Cottesloe auditorium of the Royal National Theatre, London on May 22, 1997. The American premiere was presented on Broadway on March 9, 1999 at the Music Box Theatre, New York.

Production Notes

Director's Notes

"DAN: It was the moment of my life.
ALICE: This is the moment of your life."

--Scene 11 of Closer

I had heard so many wonderful things about Closer from so many people... I was unable to get tickets to the Broadway production when I last visited New York... Every article or review I could find on the play seemed to be positive... But when I finally got a chance to read this award-winning script for the first time, I found it disturbing. Naughty language aside, it deals with some tough emotional material and doesn't candy coat it with the typical happy theatrical ending. But although it's not a play for the emotionally squeamish, Closer certainly makes you think. It's the kind of play that stays with you and sinks under your skin.

We're presented with four individuals at their best and at their worst during twelve of their most life-affecting moments in a four year period. Such a selective glimpse can make these four seemingly unlikeable. None of them are perfect and they all must make difficult choices throughout the play. But ironically for us, the audience, we aren't perfect either. We all make mistakes. We've all been there, and Alice, Dan, Larry and Anna are more like us than we'd probably like to admit. Alice's simple "intrepid conduct" of stepping into the road before the play begins becomes the catalyst which forever changes all of their lives.

The Alice Ayres Memorial at Postman's Park in London.
The Alice Ayres Memorial at
Postman's Park in London.

I decided to include Closer in our staged play reading series last year and was truly intrigued at the audience's reactions which ran the full gambit: laughter, tears,anger, shock, disgust and sheer bliss. Even with scripts in hand and just a couple of rehearsals, the impact and wicked humor of Closer was clearly evident to cast and audience alike. I couldn't resist adding it to our mainstage season of Seattle premieres this year.

"YOUNG WOMAN, LONDON"
Young Woman, London.

The more I've worked on this show, the more amazed I've become at the ingenuity of the script, the elegant simplicity and the emotional depths it explores regarding love, relationships, men, women, our society and the ironies of life. The show speaks to different people in different ways. Wit, poetic structure, mythic symbolism, history, fate, chance, and yes, even the provocative language all culminate to create this thought-provoking piece. It's a tough, challenging show, particularly for the actors on stage, but it also can be a rewarding one. It's been fascinating to discover how these four "unlikeable," selfish, tortured, lonely souls (in a country somewhat removed from our own), are still able to speak to us through their attempts to get closer. Life is not always a bed of roses, but hopefully we learn from our mistakes, forgive, and move on. It has been an honor and privilege working on this show and bringing it to Seattle audiences, particularly with the talented cast and crew I was blessed and fortunate to have. May you always find the closeness you seek and appreciate it when you do.

--David Hsieh, Director of Closer

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ANNA: "You're wonderful."
LARRY: "Don't ever forget it."
Gordon Hendrickson as Larry and
Shawnmarie Yates-Stanton as
Anna in ReAct's Closer.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

LARRY: "You should never have messed with Anna."
Gordon Hendrickson as Larry and
Scott Plusquellec as Dan in a
scene from ReAct's Closer.
Photo: David Hsieh.


Special Thanks To...

Christopher Anderson for production support
Joseph Boling for loaned props
Colleen Burke-Moen for loaned props
Marlene Chen for donated computer
Angela DiMarco for loaned costumes and props
Elliott Bay Book Company for production support
Elliott Bay Cafe for donated props
The Elliott Grand Hyatt Hotel for loaned props
The Empty Space Theatre for loaned set pieces
F.X. McRory's for donated props
George Paul Glanzman for production support and catering
Lorna Hee for production support
Gordon Hendrickson for loaned costumes
Garreth Jeffers for production support
Casey Kelbaugh for production consulting
Catherine Kettrick for loaned props
T.J. Langley for donated set piece
Regan MacStravic for loaned equipment
Nathan Hale High School for set peices
The Northwest Actors Studio for donated meeting space
Stephen Ono for donated marketing support
Scott Plusquellec for loaned costumes
Susan Simpson for loaned props
Swedish Hospital for loaned costumes
Roger Tang for loaned props
Leslie Jean Warner for catering support
Patti West for loaned equipment
Rick Wong & Rk Productions for videography
Joseph Yang for production support
Shawnmarie Yates-Stanton for loaned costumes and props

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Scene 3 of Closer

DAN: "PARADISE SHOULD BE SHOCKING"
Scott Plusquellec as Dan
during the Internet scene
from ReAct's Closer.
Photo: David Hsieh.


LARRY: "Anna, wot do U wank about?"
Gordon Hendrickson as
Larry in the chat scene
from ReAct's Closer.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 
 
 

Photo Gallery

LARRY: "What's this?"
ALICE: "A scar."
LARRY: "Yes, I know it's a scar. How did you get it?"
Gordon Hendrickson as Larry,
Angela DiMarco as Alice and
Scott Plusquellec as Dan in
the opening hospital scene
of ReAct's Closer.
Photo: David Hsieh.

ANNA: "Sign."
LARRY: "I forgive you."
ANNA: "Sign."
Gordon Hendrickson as Larry
with Shawnmarie Yates-Stanton
as Anna in ReAct's Closer.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

ANNA: "Love bores you."
DAN: "No...it disappoints me."
Scott Plusquellec as Dan with
Shawnmarie Yates-Stanton as Anna
in a scene from ReAct's Closer.
Photo: David Hsieh.

DAN: "You're beautiful"
Scott Plusquellec as Dan and
Shawnmarie Yates-Stanton as
Anna in ReAct's Closer.
Photo: David Hsieh.

DAN: "Deception is brutal. I'm not pretendng otherwise."
Angela DiMarco as Alice and
Scott Plusquellec as Dan in a
scene from ReAct's Closer.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

ANNA: "How do you feel about Dan using your life, for his book?"
Angela DiMarco as Alice and
Shawnmarie Yates-Stanton as
Anna in a scene from
ReAct's Closer.
Photo: David Hsieh.

ANNA: "Sorry, I'm really sorry."
DAN: "What happened?"
ANNA: "Traffic."
Scott Plusquellec and Shawnmarie
Yates-Stanton as Dan and Anna
performing in ReAct's Closer.
Photo: David Hsieh.

DAN: "You're not trusting me. I'm in love with you, you're safe."
Scott Plusquellec as Dan and
Angela DiMarco as Alice in
the hotel room scene from
ReAct's Closer.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

LARRY: "Ever seen a human heart? It looks like a fist wrapped in blood."
Scott Plusquellec as Dan and
Gordon Hendrickson as Larry in a
scene from ReAct's Closer.
Photo: David Hsieh.

DAN: "You're the belle of the bullshit. You look beautiful."
Scott Plusquellec and Angela
DiMarco as Dan and Alice in
ReAct's Closer.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

ANNA: "Do you think the families arranged these?"
LARRY: "I suppose. It's like putting flowers by the roadside. People need to remember."
Shawnmarie Yates-Stanton as
Anna andGordon Hendrickson as
Larry in the Postman's Park
scene from ReAct's Closer.
Photo: David Hsieh.

LARRY: "Why don't I give you...All...This...Money...and you tell me what your Real Name is,...Alice."
Gordon Hendrickson as Larry
and Angela DiMarco as Alice
in a scene from ReAct's Closer.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

"CLOSER" PUBLICITY PHOTO
Angela DiMarco as Alice
and Gordon Hendrickson as
Larry in a publicity photo
for ReAct's Closer.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

"CLOSER" PUBLICITY PHOTO
Gordon Hendrickson as Larry,
Shawnmarie Yates-Stanton as Anna,
Scott Plusquellec as Dan and
Angela DiMarco as Alice in a
publicity photo for ReAct's
Closer.
Photo: David Hsieh.

"CLOSER" PUBLICITY PHOTO
Shawnmarie Yates-Stanton as
Anna and Scott Plusquellec as
Dan in a publicity photo for
ReAct's Closer.
Photo: David Hsieh.

"CLOSER" PUBLICITY PHOTO
Shawnmarie Yates-Stanton
and Scott Plusquellec pose
for a publicity photo for
ReAct's Closer.
Photo: David Hsieh.

"CLOSER" PUBLICITY PHOTO
Scott Plusquellec, Shawnmarie
Yates-Stanton and Gordon
Hendrickson in a publicity photo
for ReAct's Closer.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

"CLOSER" PUBLICITY PHOTO
Scott Plusquellec as Dan
and Gordon Hendrickson as
Larry in a publicity photo
for ReAct's Closer.
Photo: David Hsieh.

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