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CASS: "It's a nice view"
LOIS: "That's true"

Gigi Jhong as Cass and Ellen Dessler as Lois in ReAct's Wonder of the World.
Photo: David Hsieh.


The Cast

(in order of appearance)

Cass Harris
Gigi Jhong
Kip Harris
Zachariah Robinson
Lois Coleman
Ellen Dessler
Barbara
Kerry Christianson
Karla
Walayn Sharples
Glen
James B. Winkler
Captain Mike
Richard Nguyen Sloniker
Helicopter Pilot
Kerry Christianson
Waitresses
Kerry Christianson
Janie McShane
Kerry Christianson


CAPTAIN MIKE: ""

Gigi Jhong as Cass with Richard Nguyen Sloniker as Captain Mike in a scene from ReAct's Wonder of the World.
Photo: David Hsieh.


Directed by
David Hsieh


JANIE: "Honesty...Assertion...Concession...Another gold star!"

Kerry Christianson as Janie in Act 2 of ReAct's Wonder of the World.
Photo: David Hsieh.


The Crew

Stage Manager/Light Operator
Rachel Rene
Assistant Director/Stage Manager
Agastya Kohli
Running Crew
Yeojin Chung
Scenic Designer/Properties
David Hsieh
Costume Designer
Anastasia Armes
Lighting Designer
Colleen McManus
Sound Operator
Jessamyn Bateman-Iino
Sound Designer
Justin Lockwood
Dialect Coach
Teresa Thuman
Set Crew
Yeojin Chung
Kathy Hsieh
Melvin Inouye
Jane Moon
Craig B. Wollam

Videography
Richard Nguyen Sloniker
Box Office Manager
David Hsieh
Box Office
Lorna Chin
Marilyn Gonzalez
Cyndie Mastel-Rokicki
Edward Tonai

Poster Design
Vladimir Verano


LOIS: "I just want to ask him a question."

Ellen Dessler as Lois in a moment from ReAct's Wonder of the World.
Photo: Donn Pedro.


Reviews

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>>The Stranger
>>The International Examiner
>>SGN
>>Seattle Times
>>Patron Comments


CASS: "Good morning!"

Gigi Jhong as Cass in a scene from ReAct's Wonder of the World.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 
"WONDER OF THE WORLD" GRAPHIC

Wonder of the World


By David Lindsay-Abaire

August 2 - 26, 2007
The Richard Hugo House



CAPTAIN MIKE: ""
Gigi Jhong as Cass and Richard
Nguyen Sloniker as Captain Mike
in a moment from ReAct's
Wonder of the World.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

HELICOPTER PILOT: "."
Ellen Dessler as Lois, Gigi Jhong
as Cass and Kerry Christianson
as the Helicopter Pilot in
ReAct's Wonder of the World.
Photo: David Hsieh.


The Program

The Setting

Brooklyn, New York and various locations around Niagara Falls.

ACT 1
Scene 1: Cass & Kip's Bedroom.
Scene 2: A Bus.
Scene 3: A Niagara Falls hotel room.
Scene 4: Cass & Kip's Apartment.
Scene 5: Walkway to the Hurricane Deck.
Scene 6: Control Room of The Maid of the Mist.
Scene 7: The hotel room.
Scene 8: Kip's Volvo.
Scene 9: A small sightseeing helicopter.

ACT 2
Scene 1: The hotel room.
Scene 2: Three Niagara theme restaurants.
Scene 3: The hotel room.
Scene 4: Niagara Falls.


CASS: "Don't you love the smell of a bus?"
Gigi Jhong as Cass with Ellen
Dessler as Losi in ReAct's
Wonder of the World.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

KIP: "Waaahhhhh!"
Zachariah Robinson as Kip in
a scene from Act I of ReAct's
WOnder of the World.
Photo: David Hsieh.


Wonder of the World

was first produced by Wooly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. on May 22, 2000.
A revised version was produced by Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City on October 11, 2001

Production Notes

Director's Notes

"Fate?...or Coincidence?" Welcome to Niagara and the zany world of David Lindsay-Abaire! As the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner for Rabbit Hole, he has also penned other notable plays such as Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo (which ReAct premiered locally in 2005) and others. Though on the surface his plays are often wacky screwball comedies, they all examine the oddities of the human condition and modern culture, with underlying universal themes and profundities which make you think while entertaining. Wonder of the World is no different. It first premiered shortly after the events of 9/11 when we were all wondering what was happening to the world and everything was turned upside down. It examines how we deal with horrific events in our lives and explores the intricate relationship of fate, coincidence and destiny in our pursuit of happiness. Sometimes "stuff happens" that we don't like, but can they be avoided? Is there comfort in knowing things are meant to be?...or are they?...And why shouldn't we talk to strangers? We hope you enjoyed the show and that you so something soon you've always longed to.
"LOVE ALWAYS"...

LOIS: "Is he your new sidekick?"
CASS: "No maam, that position is filled."
Ellen Dessler as Lois and
Gigi Jhong as Cass in ReAct's
Wonder of the World.
Photo: Donn Pedro.

--David Hsieh, Director of Wonder of the World

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ReAct's production of Wonder of the World was produced by special arrangement with DRAMATISTS PLAY SERVICE, INC.


KIP: "."
Gigi Jhong as Cass with
Zachariah Robinson as Kip
in the first scene of ReAct's
Wonder of the World.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

LOIS: "Wait...what are you doing here then?"
Ellen Dessler as Lois with
Walayn Sharples and James B.
Winkler as Karla and Glen in
ReAct's Wonder of the World.
Photo: David Hsieh.


Special Thanks To...

Jose Abaoag for production support
The Araucto Family for loaned props
Jessamyn Bateman-Iino for sound remixing
The Cast & Crew for production support and loaned costumes and props
The Cast of our 2003 Staged Reading
Lorna Chin for production support
The Crown Plaza Hotel in Seattle for loaned props
Michael's Cucina for donated catering
The Elliott Bay Book Company for promotional support
Audrey Fan for production support
Brian Flora and Anneleen Severynen for production support
Jeffrey Wade Gilbert for video performance
George Captain Mike Glanzman for production support
Timothy Glynn for production support
Marilyn Gonzalez for production support
Elena Hartwell for loaned set pieces
Vera & Joey Ing for donated rehearsal space
Agastya Kohli for video performance
T.J. Langley for loaned props
Colleen McManus for loaned equipment
Michael's Cucina for Opening Night Catering
Donn Pedro for loaned props and costumes and production support
Courtland Premo for loaned equipment
Miko Premo for production support
The Richard Hugo House for loaned set pieces and production support
Toni Rose for video performance
Seattle Scenic Studios for set construction
Springhill Suites for loaned props
Jason Stearns for production support
Roger Tang for loaned equipment
Rick Wong for donated costumes and production support


BARBARA: "She just bought my wig."
Walayn Sharples, James B. Winkler
Kerry Christianson, Gig Jhong
and Ellen Dessler at Niagara
Falls in Act 1 of ReAct's
Wonder of the World.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

JANIE: "When I cut your head off and feed it to my monkey!"
Ellen Dessler, Richard Nguyen
Sloniker,Gigi Jhong, Zachariah
Robinson, Kerry Christianson,
Walayn Sharples and James B.
Winkler in a scene from ReAct's
Wonder of the World.
Photo: David Hsieh.

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Photo Gallery

KIP: "It's aspic...molded in the shape of a fish":
Gigi Jhong as Cass with
Zachariah Robinson as Kip in the
opening scene of ReAct's
Wonder of the World.
Photo: David Hsieh.

CAPTAIN MIKE: "We didn't need all that peanut butter...a smaller jar would have been plenty"
Gigi Jhong as Cass and Richard
Nguyen Sloniker as Captain Mike
in ReAct's Wonder of the World.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

LOIS: "Ahoy Captain...sorry I got sick on your boat"
Ellen Dessler as Lois with Gigi
Jhong as Cass and Richard Nguyen
Sloniker as Captain Mike in ReAct's
Wonder of the World.
Photo: David Hsieh.

WAITRESS: "My name is Mary Pickerling and I'll be your scullery maid this evening."
Gigi Jhong as Cass, Richard
Nguyen Sloniker as Captain Mike
and Kerry Christianson as a
waitress in ReAct's Wonder
of the World
.
Photo: David Hsieh.

WAITRESS: "How. Welcome to the Reservation. I will be your serving sqwah. My name is Walks with a Tray.":
Walayn Sharples as Karla, Kerry
Christianson as a waitress and
Ellen Dessler as Lois in ReAct's
Wonder of the World.
Photo: David Hsieh.

WAITRESS: "Horrifically good choices."
Zachariah Robinson as Kip, Kerry
Christianson as a waitress and
James B. Winkler as Glen in
ReAct's Wonder of the World.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

KARLA: "You meant that suicide threat right? Because what I'm about to tell you...take it to the grave!"
Walayn Sharples as Karla with
Ellen Dessler as Lois in ReAct's
presentation of Wonder
of the World
.
Photo: David Hsieh.

CASS: "I used to think about breakfast...I loved breakfast."
Gigi Jhong as Cass with Richard
Nguyen Sloniker as Captain Mike
in ReAct's Wonder of the World.
Photo: David Hsieh.

LOIS: "I had an epiphany...an epiphany?...It's this thing and I had one."
Ellen Dessler as Lois with
Richard Nguyen Sloniker as Captain
Mike and Gigi Jhong as Cass in
ReAct's Wonder of the World.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

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