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Press Release

Pull Date: August 4, 2013

ReAct Opens their 20th Anniversary Season with William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic PICNIC


Richard Hugo House, July 6 - August 3, 2013: ReAct Theatre, Seattle's only Multi-ethnic Philanthropic Theatre Company, proudly presents a new staging of the beloved American classic, PICNIC, the rarely produced Pulitzer-winning masterpiece by William Inge. Set during a balmy Labor Day weekend in the American Heartland, and a group of women are preparing for the annual town picnic...but when a handsome young drifter arrives and stirs up their lives, nothing will be the same ever again. Inge's iconic and semi-autobiographical tale explores the timeless themes of love, mortality, morality and beauty. A recent hit revival on Broadway, this production not only celebrates ReAct's 20th Anniversary but also the 60th Anniversary of the play itself, and the Centennial anniversary of the playwright's birth.

PICNIC opens on Saturday, July 6th with an 8:00pm performance and post-show gala. It runs Fridays at 8:00pm, and Saturdays at 2:00pm and 8:00pm through August 3rd. All performances will be held at the air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible Richard Hugo House, which is located just north of the corner of Eleventh and Pine on Capitol Hill in Seattle Center. The address is 1634 Eleventh Avenue. Limited free parking is available in the Hugo House lot and street and nearby paylot parking is available throughout the neighborhood. Special door prizes are also raffled off at the start of every performance.

Ticket prices are $16 General Admission; $12 Students/Seniors/Military/Disabled; and $10 for Children, with discounts when purchased in advance. Additionally, there will be a discounted public preview performance on Saturday, July 6th at 2pm, as well as a special added "Industry Night" performance on Monday, July 22nd at 8pm. The 2pm matinee performance on Saturday July 13th is also a "Pay-What-You-Can" performance. For more information and ticket reservations, please call the ReAct box office at (206) 364-3283 or visit online at Advanced tickets are also available though the following outlets:
•Brown Paper Tickets: (800) 838-3006, for online, walk-up or charge-by-phone orders.
•Elliott Bay Book Company: (206) 624-6600 or (800) 962-5311 for walk-up orders starting June 1st.
Additional information is also available at:

Directed by ReAct's Artistic Director, David Hsieh, our new production of PICNIC stars the local multi-ethnic talents of Trevor Cushman, Julie Hoang, Kathy Hsieh, Mariko Kita, Dorcas Lewis, Alexa Oo, William Poole, Sara L. Porkalob, Faith Russell, Nikki Visel, Henry Vu and Mark Waldstein. Scenic design by Burton Yuen, costumes by Jocelyne Fowler, sound by Maurice Smith, Lighting by Chrystian Shepperd and stage management by Jenn Rodvold and Stacey Hansen.

Born in Independence, Kansas in 1913, William Inge brought small-town life of the American Midwest to Broadway. In addition to his award-winning PICNIC, he had a string of successful plays including Come Back, Little Sheba (1950), Bus Stop (1955), and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1957), all which were made into popular films as well. With the exception of his Academy Award-winning screenplay for Splendor in the Grass (1961), his later plays and prose never achieved the huge success of his earlier works. Convinced he could no longer write, Inge fell into a paralyzing depression, which resulted in his tragic suicide in 1973.

Established in 1993, ReAct strives to provide affordable quality entertainment using primarily non-traditional and multi-ethnic casting. Its purpose is to give artists of all backgrounds the opportunity to work on mainstream projects they might not normally have access to due to ethnicity, gender, age or experience. A federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit philanthropic company, ReAct also works to serve our community by using its productions to raise money, awareness and supplies for other arts and humanitarian organizations. ReAct's production of PICNIC will benefit the Lifelong AIDS Alliance, Theatre Puget Sound, Seattle Frontrunners and other charities.

Performance Fact Sheet:

WHO: The Repertory Actors Theatre (ReAct Theatre)

by William Inge.

WHERE: Richard Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue on Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA

WHEN: July 6 - August 3, 2013
playing Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 2:00pm and 8:00pm.

HOW: Tickets/Reservations: Call (206) 364-3283 or visit
General Admission: $16
Students/Seniors/Military/Disabled: $12
Children (ages 8-11, Parrental Guidance suggested): $10
Advanced discounted tickets available when purchased in advance. Save $1 Off admission with a foodbank donation presented at the ReAct Box Office.
A Discounted Preview performance at 2:00pm on Saturday, July 6th; a "Pay-What-You-Can" performance at 2:00pm on Saturday, July 13th; and an "Industry Night" performance on Monday, July 22nd at 8:00pm.
Group Discount Rates are also available for parties of 10 or more.
Special ($8) Day of Show Rush Tickets for Theatre Artists are also available as space allows.

Advanced discounted tickets are also available through Brown Paper Tickets (800) 838-3006, ; and other fine outlets, including the Elliott Bay Book Company on Capitol Hill.


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William Poole as Hal with Alexa Oo as Madge in ReAct's new staging of Picnic.
Photo: Rick Wong.


Kathy Hsieh as Flo, Dorcas Lewis as Christine, Faith Russell as Helen and Nikki Visel as Rosemary in ReAct's local production of Picnic
Photo: Rick Wong.


Trevor Cushman as Alan and William Poole as Hal in ReAct's staging of Picnic at Richard Hugo House.
Photo: Rick Wong.


Kathy Hsieh as Flo, with Sara L. Porkabob and Alexa Oo as her daughters Millie and Madge in a scene from ReAct's Picnic playing at Richard Hugo House.
Photo: Rick Wong.


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