East West Players, in association with the Japanese American National Museum, presents a Writers Gallery reading of a new play by Prince Gomolvilas, “The Brothers Paranormal,” on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum of the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, 111 N. Central Ave. in Little Tokyo. Admission is free.
Two Thai American brothers launch a ghost-hunting business in order to capitalize on the nationwide increase in sightings of “Asian-looking ghosts.” When the enterprising siblings meet a couple that claims to be haunted by one very terrifying spirit, everyone’s notions of reality, fantasy, and sanity clash against the shocking truth.
Gomolvilas has had three plays produced at East West Players — “Big Hunk O’ Burnin’ Love,” “The Theory of Everything,” and the stage adaptation of the Scott Heim novel “Mysterious Skin.”
His work has also been presented around the U.S., in the U.K., and in Singapore. 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; grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation; and a screenwriting fellowship from The Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project, a program sponsored by Paramount Pictures.
Gomolvilas has toured around the country with musician Brandon Patton as part of the critically acclaimed storytelling, song-singing, bingo-playing duo Jukebox Stories, which has also been presented at the National Asian American Theatre Festival. He is currently acting director of the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California.
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