What do a Filipina American TSA agent, a Chinese American brother and sister, and a Thai-American wedding chapel owner married to a Japanese man have in common? They are waiting for UFOs in Las Vegas with Grandma May, a Thai grandmother. That’s the brainchild of playwright Prince Gomolvilas who wrote a pan-Asian comedy with seven characters having existential dilemmas in The Theory of Everything which is getting its Portland premiere at Theatre Diaspora. Dmae Roberts talks with the Thai-American playwright about his unique blend of ironic comedy and multicultural characters. (Get $5 tix here with code THEORY. http://www.pcs.org/blog/item/theatre-diaspora-presents-the-theory-of-everything/)
Dmae also featured actor Kate Mura in the last part of the show. She recently had her entire trunk of props, masks and costumes stolen that she uses for her touring show SUBURBAN TRIBES. Playwrights West gave her a night to perform the show for a fundraiser on Monday, Aug. 24th at 7:30pm at Coho Productions located at 2257 NW Raleigh St. in Portland. More info at Kate@fusepdx.com.
About the Playwright: Prince Gomolvilas is a Thai-American playwright. His plays include Big Hunk O’ Burnin’ Love, The Theory of Everything, and the stage adaptation of the Scott Heim novel,Mysterious Skin, which have been produced in the U.S.A., as well as in Canada, Singapore, and the U.K. He received the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Drama; Julie Harris/Janet and Maxwell Salter Playwright Award; International Herald Tribune/SRT Playwriting Award; East West Players’ Made in America Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement for the Asian Pacific Islander Community; and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation.
About The Theory of Everything:
MediaRites’ Theatre Diaspora proudly presents The Theory of Everything, a pan-Asian American dramatic comedy by Prince Gomolvilas. Directed by Rusty Tennant. Featuring Kimo Camat, Heath Hyun Houghton, Wynee Hu, Elaine Low, Toni Tabora-Roberts, Kat Templeton, Larry Toda. Stage directions read by Samson Syharath.
Synopsis: At a UFO-spotting party at a Las Vegas wedding chapel, Grandma May declares she’s seen extraterrestrials. Overnight, everyone’s secrets emerge, forever changing their lives.
Tickets $10 each. $5-off financial hardship discount code available by request via TheatreDiaspora@gmail.com.
To order tickets at Portland Center Stage for Sunday Aug. 23rd 2pm: http://www.pcs.org/blog/item/theatre-diaspora-presents-the-theory-of-everything/
To order tickets at Artists Repertory Theatre for Saturday, Aug. 29th 2pm :
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See Prince Gomolvilas’s TEDx talk!