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HIDEKI: "I think very clearly...just need rest."

Herb Tsuchiya as Uncle Hideki in ReAct's Uncle Hideki & the Empty Nest.
Photo: Rick Chinn.


The Cast

(in order of appearance)

Helen
Eloisa Cardona
Jack
Dennis Kleinsmith
Rodney
Dom Zook
Mark
Jamie Erickson
Suzanne
Virginia Gabby
Hideki
Herb Tsuchiya


THE CAST PHOTO OF "UNCLE HIDEKI & THE EMPTY NEST."

The cast photo for ReAct's Uncle Hideki & the Empty Nest.
Photo: David Hsieh.


HELEN: "We're just glad you're feeling better."

Virginia Gabby as Suzanne with Eloisa Cardona and Dennis Kleinsmith as Helen and Jack in ReAct's presentation of Uncle Hideki & the Empty Nest.
Photo: Rick Chinn.


Directed by
David Hsieh


JACK: "We have only this moment..."

Eloisa Cardona as Helen and Dennis Kleinsmith as Jack in a moment from ReAct's benefit prodcution of Uncle Hideki & the Empty Nest.
Photo: Rick Chinn.


The Crew

Stage Manager/Booth Technician
Tim Crist
Production Designer
David Hsieh
Composer
Alan Loucks
Additional Music
Tim Crist
Properties Artisan
Julie Cabell
Set Construction Crew
David Hsieh
Robin Allan Jones
Alan Loucks
Jesse Putman
Tim Crist

Box Office Manager
David Hsieh
Box Office
Lorna Chin
Marilyn Gonzalez
Leslie Jean Warner


HELEN: "You know it does make me laugh to be in this New Artist show. I'm the oldest one."

Eloisa Cardona as Helen with Dennis Kleinsmith as Jack in a moment from ReAct's Uncle Hideki & the Empty Nest.
Photo: David Hsieh.


Reviews

>>International Examiner
>>Seattle Times
>>Patron Comments


HIDEKI: "I will get a broom!"

Herb Tsuchiya as Uncle Hideki in a scene from Act 3 of ReAct's Uncle Hideki & the Empty Nest.
Photo: Les Lung.


JACK: "If you can't say something nice, don't say it."

Dennis Kleinsmith as Jack and Herb Tsuchiya as Hideki in ReAct's benefit prodcution of Uncle Hideki & the Empty Nest.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 
"UNCLE HIDEKI & THE EMPTY NEST" GRAPHIC
by Verna Yee

Uncle Hideki & the Empty Nest


By Jean Davies Okimoto

September 14 - October 8, 2006
Theatre Off Jackson



HELEN: "You can imagine the Japanese words they know...Honda, Mitsubishi, Toyota..."
Eloisa Cardona as Helen with
Dennis Kleinsmith as Jack in
ReAct's Uncle Hideki & the
Empty Nest
.
Photo: Rick Chinn.

 

HIDEKI: "Why were you kissing that guy?!"
Herb Tsuchiya as Hideki, Dom
Chan as Rodney and Jamie
Erickson as Mark in a scene
from ReAct's Uncle Hideki
& the Empty Nest
.
Photo: Rick Chinn.


The Program

The Setting

Helen and Jack's condominium, near the Pike Place Market in Seattle.

ACT 1
Scene 1: An afternoon in November 2004.
Scene 2: Just past noon, one month later.
Scene 3: Early Evening, later that same day.

ACT 2
Scene 1: An early morning in January 2005.
Scene 2: A weekend afternoon another month later.
Scene 3: A Wednesday morning in early March.

ACT 3
Scene 1: The following day.
Scene 2: Later that same evening.
Scene 3: The next afternoon.


HELEN: "I know people break up all the time, but she's really hurting."
Eloisa Cardona, Dom Chan,
Dennis Kleinsmith and Jamie
Erickson in a scene from
ReAct's presentation of Uncle
Hideki & the Empty Nest
.
Photo: Rick Chinn.

 

SUZANNE: "I've got a present for you, Jack.'"
Virginia Gabby as Suzanne
with Dennis Kleinsmith and
Eloisa Cardona as Jack and
Helen in ReAct's Uncle Hideki
& the Empty Nest
.
Photo: David Hsieh.


Uncle Hideki & the Empty Nest

This was the World Premiere production of this play.

Production Notes

Director's Notes

"Hideki's Journey"
Based on Jean Davies Okimoto’s popular young adult novel, Talent Night, the original play, Uncle Hideki, premiered at the Theatre Off Jackson in 1995. The plot centered around rapper-wannabee Rodney and his older sister Suzanne, as they rivaled to secure their great uncle's inheritance by demonstrating to him they were "traditionally Japanese." Meanwhile, their single-mother, Helen, who taught college art courses, pounded the local craft fair circuit trying to sell her politically-charged Pepsi can slug sculptures. And while the Suyama family seemed to be coming apart...the arrival and actions of the cantankerous narrow-minded Hideki at the end of the play, worked to unite the family.

JACK: "Was he always like this?"
HELEN: " Unfortunately, yes."
Eloisa Cardona as Helen and
Dennis Kleinsmith as Jack in
ReAct's Uncle Hideki &
the Empty Nest
.
Photo: Rick Chinn.

Here in this sequel (as in real life), over a decade has now passed as we re-visit the Suyama clan. After selling the family home on Beacon Hill, Helen has remarried, retired and revitalized her artistic aspirations. The kids have grown, Rodney has come out, another Bush is in the White House, and Uncle Hideki is back for another memorable visit. It has been a fun and interesting challenge working on this gentle new script about retirement, family ties and the power of love. Taking the play from initial development, through several drafts, a staged reading, and additional rewrites throughout the rehearsal process to help refine the production has been a rewarding journey for both Jeanie, myself and the actors and artists involved. May your nest be never empty. We hope you enjoy the show!

--David Hsieh, Director of Uncle Hideki & the Empty Nest

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>>ReAct's 2005 Staged Reading
>>Press Release and Publicity Photos

ReAct's production of Uncle Hideki & the Empty Nest was produced by special arrangement with DRAMATISTS PLAY SERVICE, INC.


MARK: "It's nice to meet you!"
Dennis Kleinsmith, Dom Chan,
Jamie Erickson, Herb Tsuchiya
and Eloisa Cardona in a scene
from ReAct's Uncle Hideki
& the Empty Nest
.
Photo: Rick Chinn.

 

HELEN: "Suzanne? What are you doing here?"
Eloisa Cardona, Dennis Kleinsmith,
Virgina Gabby and Herb Tsuchiya
in ReAct's Uncle Hideki &
the Empty Nest
.
Photo: David Hsieh.


Special Thanks To...

The Cast & Crew for production support and loaned costumes
The Cast of our 2005 staged Reading for development support
Gertrude Chiang & Chu-Shen Tao for loaned set pieces
Lorna Chin for production support
Rick Chinn for photography
The Elliott Bay Book Company for promotional support
JAE Awards & Polly Shigaki for donated supplies
George Paul Glanzman for production support
Vera & Joey Ing for donated rehearsal space
Les Lung for photography
Jean Davies Okimoto for production support
Theatre Off Jackson for loaned set pieces and production support
Herb Tsuchiya for production support
Uwajimaya for donated props
Rick Wong & Rk Productions for photography


SUZANNE: "What's with the broom and the umbrella?"
Dom Chan, Herb Tsuchiya
Virginia Gabby and Jamie
Erickson in a scene from
ReAct's Uncle Hideki
& the Empty Nest
.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

SUZANNE: "People love who they love."
Virginia Gabby as Suzanne
with Herb Tsuchiya as Hideki
in ReAct's Uncle Hideki
& the Empty Nest
.
Photo: Rick Chinn.

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Photo Gallery

MARK: "Rodney and I want to put in an order."
HELEN: "For what?"
MARK: "For an original Helen Suyama painting when you've got one to spare."
Eloisa Cardona as Helen with
Jamie Erickson and Dom Chan
as Mark and Rodney in
ReAct's Uncle Hideki &
the Empty Nest
.
Photo: David Hsieh.

RODNEY: "But Mom always said, 'You kids need to share!'"
Virginia Gabby as Suzanne
and Dom Chan as Rodney in
ReAct's Uncle Hideki &
the Empty Nest
.
Photo: Rick Chinn.

 

HIDEKI: "Hello Rodney."
Jamie Erickson, Dom Chan,
Dennis Kleinsmith, Herb
Tsuchiya and Eloisa Cardona
in ReAct's Uncle Hideki
& the Empty Nest
.
Photo: David Hsieh.

HELEN: "Oh no!....HE DID?!"
Eloisa Cardona as Helen in
ReAct's Uncle Hideki &
the Empty Nest
.
Photo: Rick Chinn.

RODNEY: "I's Hideki..not Hi-dicky, but actually, the way you say it is quite accurate."
Dom Chan as Rodney, Jamie
Erickson as Mark and Dennis
Kleinsmith as Jack in ReAct's
Uncle Hideki & the Empty Nest.
Photo: David Hsieh.

HELEN: "Just once, I wanted to put art first."
Eloisa Cardona as Helen in
ReAct's Uncle Hideki &
the Empty Nest
.
Photo: Rick Chinn.

 

JACK: "It's good to see you guys."
Jamie Erickson as Mark with
Dennis Kleinsmith as Jack and
Dom Chan as Rodney in ReAct's
Uncle Hideki & the Empty Nest.
Photo: Les Lung.

HIDEKI: "Maybe he'll find a nice Japanese girl."
Dennis Kleinsmith as Jack,
Herb Tsuchiya as Hideki and
Eloisa Cardona as Helen in ReAct's
Uncle Hideki & the Empty Nest.
Photo: Les Lung.

 

RODNEY: "I promised mom we'd stay."
Dom Chan as Rodney and
Jamie Erickson as Mark in
a scene from ReAct's Uncle
Hideki & the Empty Nest
.
Photo: Les Lung.

SUZANNE: "He's so vain."
Virginia Gabby as Suzanne
and Dom Chan as Rodney
in ReAct's Uncle Hideki
& the Empty Nest
.
Photo: Les Lung.

HIDEKI: "What do you think of this idea, Helen?"
Eloisa Cardona as Helen and
Herb Tsuchiya as Hideki in
ReAct's Uncle Hideki
& the Empty Nest
.
Photo: Rick Chinn.

 

HELEN: "It's really something."
Herb Tsuchiya as Uncle Hideki
with Eloisa Cardona as Helen
and Dennis Kleinsmith as Jack
in ReAct's Uncle Hideki
& the Empty Nest
.
Photo: Rick Chinn.

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