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If you saw our production, please let us know what you thought. ...Sadly, though perhaps an artistic triumph, our production of ON THE OPEN ROAD did not fare well at box office. The cost of hauling away the set's leftover rubbish alone exceeded our show's ticket revenue...If you support daring, artistically challenging productions of rarely produced quality works, we hope you will consider making a donation to support our theater. Thanks.


AL: "I might have a business proposition for you."

Paul Ray as Angel and David A. Lewis as Al in the opening scene of ReAct's On the Open Road.
Photo: David Hsieh.

The Cast

(in order of appearance)

Paul Ray
David A. Lewis
Man/Hangman/Jesus Christ
Ben Rankin
Young Girl
LorrieAnn Doria
The Monk
Scott Nath
Patrick Chu

AL: "Freedom is Sister. Freedom is Brother. The Friend you never had. Freedom's the Wife you love and the Children she bears you."

David A. Lewis as Al and Paul Ray as Angel in ReAct's On the Open Road.
Photo: David Hsieh.

Directed by
Alan DiBona

The Crew

Stage Manager
Amy Martindale
Scenic Designer & Technical Director
John McDermott
Lighting Designer
Jason Meininger
Costume Designer
Craig Labenz
Sound Designer
Jeremiah Bennett
Properties Designer & Assistant Stage Manager
Cody Blomberg
Venue Technician
Cate Olson
Light Board Operator
David Hines/
Kathy Lefferts
Sound Operator
Andrew Chin
Running Crew
David Hsieh
Noah Pinegar
Andrew Chin
Romanian Language Advisor
Thea Mercoufer
Fight Captain
Scott Nath
Set & Lighting Crew
Cody Blomberg
George Paul Glanzman
David Hsieh
Melvin Inouye

Box Office Managers
Nancy Calos Nakano
George Paul Glanzman
David Hsieh
Leslie Jean Warner

House Managers
John Bartley
Jackie Englehart
Veronica Lee

AL: "You've come full circle. The very things you wanted to destroy are the only things that can save you now."

Paul Ray as Angel and David A. Lewis as Al in ReAct's On the Open Road.
Photo: David Hsieh.

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BOY: " From tall oaks little acorns grow."

The final scene from ReAct's On the Open Road.
Photo: David Hsieh.

by David Hsieh

On the Open Road

By Steve Tesich

June 11 - 27, 1999
Theatre Off Jackson

ANGEL: "What am I supposed to do? Just go up to Him and plunge this knife in His back?"
Paul Ray as Angel and Ben
Rankin as Jesus Christ in
ReAct's On the Open Road.
Photo: David Hsieh.


MONK: "Because if our show is to go on...Then He must die."
Scott Nath as the Monk and
Ben Rankin as Jesus Christ in
ReAct's On the Open Road.
Photo: David Hsieh.

The Program

The Setting

A time of Civil War.
A place of Civil War.

Scene 1: The outskirts of some city. Day.
Scene 2: A bombed out museum.
Scene 3: On the road.
Scene 4: A bombed out church.
Scene 5: A ravine. Night.
Scene 6: Near railroad tracks. High noon.

Scene 1: The outskirts of some city. Just before dawn.
Scene 2: Same as before. Morning.
Scene 3: A Monastery.
Scene 4: On the road.
Scene 5: A mountaintop.

On the Open Road

opened at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois on March 16, 1992.
It made its New York opening at The Joseph Papp Public Theatre on February 16, 1993.

Production Notes

Artistic Director's Notes

"...we need to have something to pursue. Man, by his very nature, is a seeker.
---The Monk in Act 2, Scene 3 of On the Open Road

On the Open Road is the story of two men, Al and Angel, both in the midst of a desperate struggle for freedom. But as with any noble pursuit, there are obstacles to ovecome, and their pilgrimage to reach this place of refuge from the agonies of civil war guides them through periods of self-discovery and realization. A the road's end, we discover them both with their "arms wide open" ready to face the ultimate freedom they have attained.

Playwright Steve Tesich is probably best known for his Academy Award winning screenplay for the film Breaking Away, as well as screenplay adaptations for other films like The World According to Garp and Eleni. But Tesich is also the author of dark and esoteric plays such as Division Street, The Speed of Darkness, Square One, and of course On the Open Road. His subject matter is always controversial, at times fantastic, and they often present heartwrenching examples of our human condition. His are the types of plays which drama classes analyse and write papers on and which, sadly, most commercial theatres rarely produce.

We've been described as gutsy for tackling On the Open Road, a work which other Seattle theatres have passed on by. The play is challenging to watch, and even more challenging to stage, but it is also very different from the types of shows we have produced in the past. This production has provided us an avenue (no pun intended) to grow and stretch artistically, as well as adding great diversity to our repertoire. And in light of recent events in the Balkans, not to mention Africa, Tesich's play becomes even all the more poignant. We hope those of you who saw the show enjoyed the artistic quality and philosophical challenges this production offered. We also hope that many of the haunting images and theatrical effects from the play have lingered with you, just as real-life events will surely continue to linger for years to come with the people of Kosovo, Rwanda and other populations of civil strife to which we have dedicated this production.

--David Hsieh, Artistic Director of ReAct

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ReAct's On the Open Road was presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

AL: " Do you have any idea the kind of love it takes to save somebody?"
A scene from ReAct's
On the Open Road.
Photo: David Hsieh.


BOY: "And you, Sir, were you also born blind?"
MONK: "No. I did it myself with a spoon."
Scott Nath as the Monk and
Patrick Chu as the Boy in
the final scene of ReAct's
On the Open Road.
Photo: David Hsieh.

Special Thanks To...

The Elliott Bay Book Company for promotional support
George Paul Glanzman for production and administrative support
Kathy Hsieh for administrative support
Gigi Jhong for production support
T.J. Langley for production support
The Northwest Asian American Theatre for loaned set pieces
Office Depot for discounted copying support
Robert Sindelar for administrative support
Patti West for technical support
Rick Wong & Rk Productions for videography

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