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"THE BOOK OF LIZ" PUBLICITY PHOTO

Leslie Jean Warner as Sister Elizabeth in a publicity photo for ReAct's The Book of Liz.
Photo: David Hsieh.


The Cast

(in order of appearance)

Reverend Joshua Tollhouse
T.J. Langley
Sister Elizabeth Donderstock
Leslie Jean Warner
Brother Nathaniel Brightbee
Samuel Read
Sister Constance Butterworth
Mary Ann Boyd
Oxana Kolobko
Katie Tupper
Yvone Kolobko, Oxana's husband
Samuel Read
Visil, Oxana's brother
T.J. Langley
Bother Hesikiah
ShawnJ West
Duncan Trask, a restaurant manager
ShawnJ West
Donny Polk, a waiter
Samuel Read
Cecily Cole, a waitress
Katie Tupper
A sophisticated visitor
Mary Ann Boyd
Rudy Bruton, an alcoholic
T.J. Langley
Dr. Barb Ginley
Mary Ann Boyd
Ms. Yolanda Foxley, a truck driver
Katie Tupper


LIZ: "What have you done to my kitchen...and what's a breakfast burrito?"

The cast in one of the Cluster Haven scenes from ReAct's The Book of Liz.
Photo: Ben Sanders.


Directed by
David Hsieh


The Crew

Stage Manager & Sound Operator
David Hsieh
Light Board Operator, Festival Lighting Designer & Venue Technician
Aleks Barbour


TOLLHOUSE: "Bother Hesikiah, pour us some cider, will you."

ShawnJ West as Hesikiah, T.J. Langley as Tollhouse and Samuel Read as Brightbee in ReAct's The Book of Liz.
Photo: Ben Sanders.


Reviews

>>The Stranger (Preview)
>>tpsonline.org
>>Fringe Rag
>>The Stranger
>>Patron Comments

OXANA: "The-window-is-now-open. Oh-feel-the-breezes."

Leslie Jean Warner as Liz, T.J. Langley
as Visil and Katie Tupper as Oxana in
ReAct's The Book of Liz.
Photo: Ben Sanders.

 
"BOOK OF LIZ" GRAPHIC
by Stewart A. Williams

The Book of Liz


By Amy and David Sedaris

September 18 - 21, 24, 27, 28, 2003
Capitol Hill Arts Center


THE CAST PHOTO OF "THE BOOK OF LIZ"
The cast photo of ReAct's The Book of Liz.
Photo: David Hsieh.


The Program

The Setting

Scene 1: The private chambers of Reverend Tollhouse, 1:00am, and then two hours later.
Scene 2: The Squeamish Community Kitchens, later that morning.
Scene 3: The side of a highway, later that day.
Scene 4: The Squeamish Meeting House, still later that same day.
Scene 5: The Kolobko mobile home, that evening.
Scene 6: Plymouth Crock Family Restaurant, a few days later.
Scene 7: The Squeamish Community Kitchens, weeks later.
Scene 8: Plymouth Crock Family Restaurant, months later.
Scene 9: Dr. Ginley's examination room, then the Kolobko's mobile home, and then the Comforton Hospital.
Scene 10: The Squeamish Community Kitchens, a few days later and then outside under the moon.
Scene 11: The Squeamish Community Kitchens, a few mornings later.


The Book of Liz

was first presented by the Drama Department at the Greenwich House Theatre on March 12, 2001.

Production Notes

ReAct's production of THE BOOK OF LIZ was the highest attended and highest grossing show at the 13th Annual Seattle Fringe Festival. Sadly, the festival declared bankruptcy still owing ReAct several thousand dollars. For more information on this, related articles and ways you can help, please access the following links:

>>January 27, 2004: Seattle Times Article on Fringe Bankruptcy
>>January 27, 2004: Seattle P-I Article on Fringe Bankruptcy
>>January 11, 2004: Seattle Times Fringe Editorial
>>December 4, 2003: Seattle Times Article on Fringe Problems
>>November 14, 2003: Seattle P-I Article on Fringe Debt
>>November 13, 2003: Seattle Times Article on Fringe Debt

>>Purchase Scripts and Posters
>>ReAct's 2002 Staged Reading

ReAct's The Book of Liz was presented by special arrangement with DRAMATISTS PLAY SERVICE, INC.


BRIGHTBEE: "Your Dovetail matchstick. Reverend, no, you can't."
TOLLHOUSE: "Perhaps its absence will remind me of the simplicity and precision I so thoughtlessly took for granted."
Samuel Read as Brightbee, T.J.
Langley as Tollhouse and Mary
Ann Boyd as Butterworth in
ReAct's The Book of Liz.
Photo: Ben Sanders.

 

VISITOR: "We were hoping we might buy a few dozen of those cheese balls."
Mary Ann Boyd as the sophisticated
visitor and ShawnJ West as
Duncan in ReAct's
The Book of Liz.
Photo: Ben Sanders.


Special Thanks To...

Mary Ann Boyd for loaned costumes & props
Marc Delacruz for loaned costumes & production support
The Elliott Bay Book Company for production support
Brian Flora & Anneleen Severynen for production support
George Paul Glanzman for loaned costumes & props
T.J. Langley for loaned costumes & props
Northwest Asian American Theatre for loaned set pieces
Samuel Read for loaned costumes & props
The Seattle Fringe Theatre Festival and staff for festival support
Seattle Public Theatre for production support
Katie Tupper for loaned constumes & production support
ShawnJ West for loaned costumes & donated props
Stewart A. Williams for donated graphic design services
Wing Luke Asian Museum for rehearsal space
Rick Wong & Rk Productions for videography
Joseph Yang for production support

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Photo Gallery

LIZ: "I was on my way to the kitchens and, like I said, I saw the light and thought maybe we were being visited by more of those hooligans."
Leslie Jean Warner as Liz and
T.J. Langley as Tollhouse in
the opening scene of ReAct's
The Book of Liz.
Photo: Ben Sanders.

 

BRIGHTBEE: "Hard work is admirable, but without the proper leadership I'm afraid it counts for nothing."
T.J. Langley as Tollhouse and
Samuel Read as Brightbee in
ReAct's The Book of Liz.
Photo: Ben Sanders.

TOLLHOUSE: "The sun rises and sets and, just as reliably, you, Sister Butterworth, stand glued to your spyglass."
T.J. Langley as Tollhouse and
Mary Ann Boyd as Butterworth
in ReAct's The Book of Liz.
Photo: Ben Sanders.

TOLLHOUSE: "The elimination of one sense sharpens the others. Fascinating!"
Samuel Read as Brightbee,
Mary Ann Boyd as Butterworth
and T.J. Langley as Tollhouse
in the cheeseball taste test
scene from ReAct's The
Book of Liz
.
Photo: Ben Sanders.

 

ELIZABETH: "I don't mean to aggrieve you, but why put a peanut beside the road in the first place?"
OXANA: "It's called public relations love."
Leslie Jean Warner as Liz and
Katie Tupper as Oxana in Scene 3
from ReAct's The Book of Liz.
Photo: Ben Sanders.

YVONE: "Hey, what man want to know his wife is walking around dressed like a peanut - no, a gentleman peanut - for all the world to see?"
Samuel Read as Yvone, Leslie
Jean Warner as Liz and Katie
Tupper as Oxana in a scene
from ReAct's The Book of Liz.
Photo: Ben Sanders.

DONNY: "The cooks, the dishwashers, they're all in the program. Everyone but you and me."
Samuel Read as Donny and Leslie
Jean Warner as Liz in ReAct's
The Book of Liz.
Photo: Ben Sanders.

DUNCAN: "There's a can of helium as well so you can perk 'em back up when they start getting lazy"
LIZ: "Then I'm going to keep them forever."
ShawnJ West as Duncan
and Leslie Jean Warner as
Liz in a scene from ReAct's
The Book of Liz.
Photo: Ben Sanders.

 

FOXLEY: "Boy, you're really making up for lost time, aren't you?"
Katie Tupper as Foxley and
Leslie Jean Warner as Liz
in the final scene from
ReAct's The Book of Liz.
Photo: Ben Sanders.

DUNCAN: "Plymouth Crock Family Restaurant. Duncan speaking. How may I help you?"
ShawnJ West as Duncan in
a scene from ReAct's
The Book of Liz.
Photo: Ben Sanders.

 

RUDY: "Hm. Maybe you're right."
T.J. Langley as Rudy in
ReAct's The Book of Liz.
Photo: Ben Sanders.

ANOTHER PUBLICITY PHOTO FOR "THE BOOK OF LIZ."
Leslie Jean Warner in
another publicity photo for
ReAct's The Book of Liz.
Photo: David Hsieh.

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