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AGENT: "I grew up in a dining room like this. Same sort of furniture. Everything." 
CLIENT:"So did I." 
AGENT: Then here we are."

Gigi Jhong as the Agent and Jim Abbott as the Client in the opening scene of ReAct's The Dining Room.
Photo: David Hsieh.

The Cast

(in order of appearance)

Gigi Jhong
The Agent, Grace, Sandra, a Wife, Dora & a Guest
Jim Abbott
The Client, Howard, the Psychiatrist, a Boy, a Husband & a Guest
Joseph S. Yang
Arthur, the Architect, Nick, Paul & a Guest
Kimber Lee
Sally, Carolyn, Beth, Bertha, Margery & Velma
T.J. Langley
The Father, Michael, Ted, Stuart, Chris, David, Dick & the Son
Lisa May-Every
Young Annie, Toni, Peggy, Nancy, Emily & the Daughter
Bradetta Vines
Lizzie, the Mother, Meg, Dawn, Kate & Annie
John Bianchi
Charley, Billy, Jim, Fred, Gordon, Standish & Harvey
Robin Dawn Kelly
Ellie, Aggie, a Girl, Helen & a Guest
Christine Sperry
Aunt Harriet, Winkie, the Old Lady, Sarah, Claire & Ruth
Hing Lam
Brewster, the Grandfather, a Servant & a Guest

MICHAEL: "I know a lot. I eat here in the dining room now. I listen."

Robin Dawn Kelly as Aggie and T.J. Langley as Michael in a scene from ReAct's The Dining Room.
Photo: David Hsieh.

Directed by
Kathy Hsieh

The Crew

Stage Manager, Scenic Designer, Scenic Artist, Properties & Assistant Publicist
David Hsieh
Lighting Designer & Sound Engineer
Rick Wong
Costume Coordinator, Sound Designer & Publicist
Kathy Hsieh
Sound Operator
Duane Mortensen
Light Board Operator
Anastasia Rokicki
Set & Lighting Crew
Dave Cluett
Kathy Hsieh
Melvin Inouye
T.J. Langley
Michael A. McClure
Jonathan Te Ho Park

Head House Manager
Jackie Englehart
Box Office Managers
Manuel R. Cawaling
David Hsieh
Kathy Hsieh
Liane Loui
Rick Wong

GRACE: "Now think, darling. Isn't there something rather special going on in your life this evening?"

Gigi Jhong as Grace and Kimber Lee as Carolyn in a scene from ReAct's The Dining Room.
Photo: David Hsieh.


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CHARLEY: "To all of us."
The cast in the final scene of
ReAct's The Dining Room.
Photo: David Hsieh.

The Dining Room

By A.R. Gurney

February 24 - March 6, 1994
Theatre Off Jackson

HOWARD: "Couldn't you please work somewhere else?"
Robin Dawn Kelly as Ellie and
Jim Abbott as Howard in a scene
from Act I of ReAct's
The Dining Room.
Photo: David Hsieh.


GRANDFATHER: "And what do you want?" 
NICK: "To have lunch with you, Gramp."
Gigi Jhong as Dora, Joseph
Yang as Nick and Hing Lam
as the Grandfather in
ReAct's The Dining Room.
Photo: David Hsieh.

The Program

The Setting

A Dining room, or rather, many dining rooms - over the span of many years.

The Dining Room

was first produced Off-Broadway by Playwrights Horizons in 1982.

Production Notes

Director's Notes

How can you do a play about WASPs with a multi-cultural cast? Easy. White America has always been multi-ethnic. So why not colorblind cast the show? Simple - I don't want to ignore the color of anyone's skin. I believe I have cast realistically - celebrating the multi-cultural diversity that exists rather than being blind to it.

A.R. Gurney has written a slice-of-life play about the upper-middle class, and that's what we present - a slice of the lives of all the people who make up upper-middle class America. To appreciate life we must savor every minute of it and take the time to get to know all the people we have ever known and liked.

--Kathy Hsieh, Director of The Dining Room

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ReAct's presentation of The Dining Room was produced by special arrangement with DRAMATISTS PLAY SERVICE, INC.

TONI:"Thanks, Aunt Harriet. That was terrific."
Lisa May-Every as Toni and Christine
Sperry as Aunt Harriet in a scene
from ReAct's The Dining Room.
Photo: David Hsieh.


ARCHITECT: The patient trusts the psychiatrist, doesn't he? Why can't the psychiatrist trust the architect?"
Jim Abbott as the Psychiatrist
and Joseph S. Yang as the Architect
in a scene from ReAct's
The Dining Room.
Photo: David Hsieh.

Special Thanks To...

A Contemporary Theatre for promotional support
Gertrude Chiang for loaned set pieces
David Cluett for production support
Jim Conlan & Century 21 Real Estate for loaned costume piece
Robin Dawn for administrative support
Dr. & Mrs. Richard A. Eidal for loaned props
Dr. Richard D. Eidal for loaned set pieces
Audrey Fan for rehearsal space
Mark Henning for transportation support
Kathy Hsieh for loaned props
Gigi Jhong for loaned props
Hing Lam for administrative support
T.J. Langley for loaned props
Lisa May-Every for loaned props
The Northwest Asian American Theatre for loaned set pieces
Red Robin for loaned props
Seattle Police Department East Precinct for rehearsal space
UW School of Drama for rehearsal space
Rick Wong & Rk Productions for videography
Tom Wojtowick for publicity support
Joseph & Mimi Yang for administrative support

TED: "Do you have to go to the bathroom?" 
BILLY: "No." 
TED: "Then don't do that, please."
John Bianchi as Billy, T.J.
Langley as Ted, Lisa May-Every
as Peggy and the cast in the
birthday party scene from
ReAct's The Dining Room.
Photo: David Hsieh.


OLD LADY: "Thank you. I've had a perfectly lovely time...Thank you..."
The cast in the Thanksgiving
Dinner scene from Act II of
ReAct's The Dining Room.
Photo: David Hsieh.


The cast photo of ReAct's
The Dining Room.
Photo: David Hsieh.

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