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KATHERINE: "Don, I don't want to go without you."
DON: "Darling it's the first dinner dance of the season."

Joseph Yang as Don and Amy Waschke as Kathy in the opening scene of ReAct's A Letter to Three Wives.
Photo: David Hsieh.


The Cast

(in order of appearance)

Donald Davenport
Joseph S. Yang
Katherine Davenport, his wife
Amy Waschke
Nora Harper
Colleen Burke-Moen
George Harper, her husband
Gordon Hendrickson
Darla Murphy-Rutherford
Ellen Dessler
Messenger
Dustin Chinn
Porter Rutherford, Darla's husband
T.J. Langley
John, the Country Club waiter
Dustin Chinn
Minnie Duggan, the Harpers' housekeeper
Rebecca Goldberg
Leo, a delivery boy
Dustin Chinn
Mrs. Tuttle
Jillian Boyd
Mr. Tuttle
David Hsieh 11/5, 7, 12, 14, 19 & 21
Shawn Hausmann 11/6, 8, 13, 15, 20 & 22
Ruby "Ma" Murphy
Gail Wamba
Francie Murphy, Darla's sister
Heather Louise Parker
Billy Butler, Francie's boyfriend
Dustin Chinn
Boatman/Bookie
David Hsieh 11/5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 19 & 21
Shawn Hausmann 11/6, 13, 15, 20 & 22
Eva Ross
Deborah LaBounty


NORA: "Well if that's her idea of a joke it's in extremely poor taste - "

Ellen Dessler, Amy Waschke and Colleen Burke-Moen in a scene from ReAct's A Letter to Three Wives.
Photo: David Hsieh.


Directed by
Shandell Sosna


The Crew

Stage Manager, Sound Operator, Costume & Properties Coordinator
Marilyn Gonzalez
Technical Director, Lighting and Poster Designer
Regan MacStravic
Scenic Designer & Publicist
David Hsieh
Assistant Costumer & Hair Stylist
Deborah LaBounty
Lead Sound Designer
Gordon Hendrickson
Venue Technician/Light Board Operator
Colleen McManus
Set/Lighting Crew
Jillian Boyd
Colleen Burke-Moen
George Paul Glanzman
Melvin Inouye
Deborah LaBounty
T.J. Langley

Box Office Managers
David Hsieh
Leslie Jean Warner

Head House Manager
Jackie Englehart


PORTER: "Sit down for a moment."
GEORGE: "Let her go Porter"

The cast in the final scene from ReAct's A Letter to Three Wives.
Photo: David Hsieh.


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"A LETTER TO THREE WIVES" PUBLICITY PHOTO
Colleen Burke-Moen, Amy
Waschke and Ellen Dessler
star in ReAct's A
Letter to Three Wives
.
Photo: David Hsieh.

A Letter to Three Wives


Adapted by Shandell Sosna
Based on the Cosmopolitan Magazine short story by John Klempner and the 1949 screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, adapted by Vera Caspary

World Premiere

November 5 - 22, 1998
Theatre Off Jackson

"-- The Swellest Entertainment of the year!"


KATHERINE: "Until one day I took a bus 58 miles that way to join the navy and see the world and meet Donald Davenport and fall in love..."
Amy Waschke and Colleen
Burke-Moen in a scene
from Act I of ReAct's
A Letter to Three Wives.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

MINNIE: "I told you the cap was a crummy idea. Soup's on."
The cast in the dinner party
scene from ReAct's A Letter
to Three Wives
.
Photo: David Hsieh.


The Program

The Setting

An American town on the first Saturday in May, 1948.

ACT 1
Scene 1: The Davenport Home and then the Harper Home.
Scene 2: The Boat Landing.
Scene 3: On the boat during the Charity Pinic Cruise.
Scene 4: The Davenport Home, a few years earlier.
Scene 5: The Country Club Ballroom, later that same evening and then back on the boat during the Charity Picnic Cruise.
Scene 6: The Harper Home, a few nights earlier.
Scene 7: The Harper Home, later that same night and then back on the boat during the Charity Picnic Cruise.

ACT 2
Scene 1: On the boat during the Charity Picnic Cruise later the same day.
Scene 2: The Murphy Family Kitchen, a few years earlier.
Scene 3: A Restaurant Lounge, later that same evening and then outside the Murphy Home, later that same night.
Scene 4: The Rutherford Mansion, later that same year.
Scene 5: The Murphy Kitchen, the following New Year's Eve and then back on the boat during the Charity Picnic Cruise.
Scene 6: The Boat Landing at the end of the Charity Picnic Cruise and then the Harper Home.
Scene 7: The Rutherford-Murphy Home.
Scene 8: The Davenport Home.
Scene 9: The Country Club Ballroom.



A Letter to Three Wives

This was the World Premiere production of this adaptation.

Production Notes

Director's Notes

Friendship. Trust. Nausea.

DARLA: I don't happen to be one of those girls who talks about her private life Mr. Rutheford."
T.J. Langley as Porter and
Ellen Dessler as Darla
in a scene from ReAct's
A Letter to Three Wives.
Photo: David Hsieh.

These words tumbled around in my head after watching the 1949 film, A Letter to Three Wives. The story and characters hit so close to home. We had a friend that I secretly didn't like but I couldn't put my finger on why. Sure she was my friend, but I wouldn't want to leave her alone with my man. She was the one all the guys thought was great and the reason we fought at home. She was the woman who wants what you have; the woman who sleeps with your love. Yeah, I knew her.

Then I killed her and directed this play.

--Shandell Sosna, Director of A Letter to Three Wives

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ReAct's presentation of A Letter to Three Wives was presented with permission from SHANDELL SOSNA.


Special Thanks To...

Belltown Theatre Center for set pieces
Julie Breymeyer for costumes
The Elliott Bay Book Company for promotional support
George Paul Glanzman for loaned set pieces and production support
Marilyn Gonzalez and family for production support
Morris Hendrickson for sound effects voicework
Lee Ann Hittenberger & Civic Light Opera for loaned costumes
Scott Houts for production support
Robert Hrouda & Dance Support International for discounted dance instruction
Kathy Hsieh for production support
Regan MacStravic and Paladin Design Services for publicity support
Teri Mathews for production support
Deane Middleton & Village Theatre for loaned costumes
Susan Mitchell and Group Health Cooperative for rehearsal space
John Moen for donated sound studio services
The Northwest Asian American Theatre for loaned set pieces and props
Patti West & the Nippon Kan Theatre for loaned equipment and set pieces
Rick Wong and Rk Productions for videography

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