Cast of the MRTE production of The Cocktail Party

Poster for the UH-Mānoa production.

Fay Ann Chun (Yōko) has a Master of Fine Arts degree in dance from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Scripps College. She has studied and performed with Dances We Dance, Bluewater Dance Company, and Tangentz Performance Group.

Dann Seki (Mr. Uehara) and Fay Ann Chun (Yōko).

Dann Seki (Mr. Uehara)  (Mr. Uehara) is a stage and screen actor and storyteller. A member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, he has appeared in numerous plays on the stages of most of the theatres in Honolulu. His TV and film credits include many productions filmed in Hawai‘i, including Hawaii Five-O, Lychee Thieves, The Informant, Max’s Special Delivery, Lost, Hawaii, North Shore, Baywatch Hawaii, Magnum, P.I., Crowfoot, And the Sea Will Tell, and Savage Beach. Developing as a storyteller since 1994, he has performed at various venues on Oahu and the Neighbor Islands.

Ben Moffat  (Mr. Miller/Ben Miller) is a freelance performer, storyteller, and writer based in Hawai‘i and Wisconsin. A founding member of the dance-theater troupe Monkey Waterfall, he taught theater at Windward Community College for over twenty years.

Nyla Fujii-Babb  (Helen Miller/Police Officer) has been a storyteller, actress, voice-over talent, and producer for over forty years in Hawai‘i. As an actress, she has appeared on stage for the Kumu Kahua Theatre Company, the Honolulu Theatre for Youth, the Japan-America Theatre, and the Emerson Majestic Theatre. Her television credits include voice-over narration for the KHET/Tom Coffman production of Nation Within: The Overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the Biography Hawaii series Koji Ariyoshi, and Tom Coffman’s The First Battle: The Battle for Equality in War Time Hawaii. Most recently, she was in the Mānoa Readers/Theatre Ensemble’s productions of Dharamvir Bharati’s Andha Yug and Musings of Mystery and Alphabets of Agony: The Work of Edward Gorey.

Nyla Fujii-Babb (Helen Miller/police officer) and James Phelps (Mr. Morgan/Ben Harris).

James Phelps  (Mr. Morgan/Robert Harris) is following in the footsteps of his musician and educator father and has been a percussionist and educator for over fifteen years. His music has allowed him to travel extensively throughout North America and Canada. Currently a music specialist at Waiau Elementary in Pearl City, he enjoys sharing his musical talents with kids.

Doug Kaya  (Mr. Yang) teaches communication courses at Leeward Community College and is a senior mediator with the Mediation Center of the Pacific.

Dennis Nishihara  (Mr. Ogawa) retired from the Department of Education after serving as a counselor on Maui, Moloka’i, the Big Island, and O‘ahu for over thirty years. He was named Counselor of the Year by the Hawai’i School Counselor Association in 1979, and in 2005 was given HMSA’s Ola Pono Award for services to the community and the Hawai’i Counselor Association’s Counselor of the Year Award.


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