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The Theory of Everything
The Theory of Everything
Received the PEN Center USA West Playwriting Award!

"A play titled The Theory of Everything should think big and mess with a lot of ideas …Gomolvilas's comedy is pleased to comply." —Los Angeles Times

"A refreshing look at Asian-American issues of race, gender and identity, layered with deeper questions of life and death. Gomolvilas's writing is tight, intelligent and funny…likeable characters and sharply written dialogue…a play worth seeing for its humor and humanity." —The Business Times, Singapore
By Prince Gomolvilas.

Cast: 3m., 4w. Seven Asian Americans gather atop a Las Vegas wedding chapel every week for a UFO watch. When 65-year-old May spots a strange and colorful ship one night, the others decide to take turns keeping a 48-hour vigil in case the ship returns. The possibility of what one character calls a "miracle" forces everyone to confront personal issues that have previously been repressed. Patty finds that her UFO obsession is not strong enough to erase secrets from her past. Gilbert's romantic woes intensify his identity crisis. Lana must face her parents about being kicked out of law school. Hiro, who still feels like a foreigner in America, longs to return to his native Japan. Shimmy fears her nightmares upon the anniversary of her husband's death. And Nef spirals into oblivion after his girlfriend laughs coldly at his marriage proposal. This vibrant and moving comedy, which explores the politics of race, identity and faith, won the International Herald Tribune/SRT Playwriting Competition, the Julie Harris Playwright Award, and the PEN Center USA West Literary Award for Drama. Unit set. Approximate Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  TD9
Cast Size:  7
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  72
Royalty:  $80.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  105 min.
Target Audience: College and Adult
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Drama
ISBN (10): 1583421254
Publication Date: 08/05/2002
Prince Gomolvilas' plays include Big Hunk o' Burnin' Love (East West Players, Los Angeles, 1998), The Theory of Everything (Singapore Repertory Theatre, Singapore, 2000), Bee (Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, San Francisco, 2001) and the stage adaptation of the Scott Heim novel, Mysterious Skin (New Conservatory Theatre Center, San Francisco, 2003), which have been produced throughout the United States and in Singapore. ...More
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