The Brothers Paranormal
The Brothers Paranormal follows two Thai brothers who launch a business to investigate paranormal activities. When they investigate the home of an African-American couple, who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina, their notions of reality, fantasy, and sanity clash against the shocking truth. This play highlights how present-day humanity deals with grief and the beauty of compassion that is revealed even in our darkest hours.
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, in its 42ND Milestone Season in 2019 is expanding on themes of diversity with the World Premiere of The Brothers Paranormal by Prince Gomolvilas, directed by Jeff Liu.
Prince Gomolvilas writes, "The play's intersection of genre and race, as well as the exploration of the spirit realm in a country that’s doing some deep soul-searching, is what drives my passion for this project. All of my research explores the play’s disparate themes: the trauma of displacement (from one’s country of origin, from post-Katrina New Orleans, from the corporeal world); the high incidence of mental health issues among Asian immigrants; and the different ways in which people cope with incredible loss."
Brian D. Coats, Vin Kridakorn, Emily Kuroda, Dawn L. Troupe, Roy Vongtama
Author: Prince Gomolvilas
Director: Jeff Liu
Producer: Pan Asian Repertory Theatre
Press Agent: Richard Hillman PR
Prince Gomolvilas (Playwright) is a Thai-American playwright whose work includes Big Hunk o’ Burnin’ Love, The Theory of Everything (PEN Center USA Literary Award for Drama), and Mysterious Skin (based on the novel by Scott Heim). His plays have been produced at The Drill Hall (London), East West Players (Los Angeles), Lorraine Hansberry Theatre (San Francisco), and Singapore Repertory Theatre. His work has also been developed at the Alley Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Geva Theatre Center, La Jolla Playhouse, The Lark, Ma-Yi Theater Company, South Coast Repertory, and TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. His TEDx talk, "Mind the Gap," is available at www.princegomolvilas.com
JEFF LIU (Director) adapted the Pulitzer nominated play Yellow Face by David Henry Hwang for the YOMYOMF Network on YouTube. His productions include: Two Mile Hollow (Artists at Play), Mexican Day (Rogue Machine, LA Times Critics Choice), Tiger Style! (Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists), Chinglish (LA Premiere, LA Times Critics Choice), Texas,Terminus Americana, The Golden Hour (Lodestone Theatre Ensemble), The Chinese Massacre Annotated (Circle X), Ixnay, Wrinkles, Christmas in Hanoi (East West Players), Slice (Fremont Centre Theatre), and three years with Sci-Fest, the LA Science Fiction One Act Play Festival. He is a member of the O’Neill National Directing Fellowship cohort of 2016.
Roy is a Thai American actor, doctor, writer and producer, and he is very grateful to be making his Pan Asian Reperatory debut with Brothers Paranormal. His most recent theater credits include the World Premiere of Man of God at East West Players, the lead role in Ezekiel Theater’s 2017 musical Son of Man, originating the role of Derek Ko in EST/LA’s 2016 LA Ovation Award-winning Watching OJ, a workshop performance of Brothers Paranormal at La Jolla Playhouse (San Diego) and Pan Asian Reperatory (NY). Film and TV credits include Station 19, The Bucket List, Private Practice, The Shield and NCIS:LA. His production company Resonant Entertainment released their first feature After the Rain on Amazon Prime in 2018. In addition to being a professional actor, he is also an integrative radiation oncologist with a new book entitled Healing Before You’re Cured.
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Vin Kridakorn (Max) is excited to make his Pan Asian Repertory Theatre debut with this amazing play. Recent theatre credits include The White Snake (Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Goodman Theater, Guthrie Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center), The Floor is Lava (Best Actor Nomination, Planet Connections), Butoh Electra (NY Fringe), Future Anxiety (The Flea), Hamlet (Gallery Players), Taming of the Shrew (Queens Players), Dracula (Bangkok, Thailand), Lifex3 (Bangkok, Best Performance Award). TV: “Madame Secretary”, “Happyish”. Film: “The Sound of Silence.” He received his M.F.A. from The Actors Studio Drama School. AEA. Much love to my family and friends. www.vinkridakorn.com
Recent theater: ART (Celine Song’s “Endlings”),AAP Leah Nanako Winkler ‘s “Two Mile Hollow”, Humana Festival (Susan Soon He Stanton’s “we, the invisibles”), Page 73 (Stanton’s Today is My Birthday), Boston’s Huntington Theater and Atlanta’s Alliance Theater “Tiger Style!” by Mike Lew and Velina Hasu Houston’s “Calligraphy” at Theatreworks. Others:East West Players, Playwright’s Arena, SCR, Public Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Rep, Singapore Rep, Berkeley Rep, Doolittle, LATC, Zephyr, LA Women’s Shakespeare Company. TV:Gilmore Girls, The Good Doctor, The Resident, Sequestered, Life After First Failure, Drop Dead Diva, Under One Roof. Films: Party Boat, Take the 10, Red, Sensei. Five Dramalogue Awards, Garland Award, L.A. Ovation nomination, Playwright’s Arena Award, East West Players Rae Creevey Award, and the Entertainment Today Best Actress Award (Winter People).
DAWN L. TROUPE is excited to make her debut at Pan Asian Theater in Brothers Paranormal as Delia. She was most recently seen in Philip Gotandas world premiere of "Pool of Unknown Wonders at Ubuntu Theater Project. Other acting credits include Fingerlakes Musical Theater Festivals debut of Anne of Green Gables as Rachel Lynde, in CalShakes' production of Marcus Gardley’s Black Odyssey (Alesandre/Circe) directed by Eric Ting and Blues Speak Woman in Spunk directed by Patricia MacGregor, Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act and Shug Avery in The Color Purple at Hillbarn Theatre, Linda Loman in Ubuntu Theater Project’s Death of a Salesman, while workshopping Moby Dick with the phenomenal team of Chavkin and Malloy (of Natasha and Pierre and Great Comet of 1812) on their new endeavor (as Moby Dick/ Mapple/ Gardiner/Boomer) at Berkeley Rep and The Public Theater in NY. TheaterWorks credits include Once On This Island, Big River, Caroline, or Change, Dessa Rose, Memphis, Book of Days, and Ragtime; and in TheatreWorks’ New Works Festival readings of The Madam C.J. Walker Story, The Giver, Memphis, The Water, A Little Princess, and Funkentine Rapture.
Broadway: Jitney. Off-Broadway includes: La Ruta (Working Theater), The First Noel (Classical Theatre of Harlem /The Apollo), On the Levee (Lincoln Center), The Merry Wives of Windsor, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Public/ NYSF). Regional: The Royale (Cleveland Play House), The Nest (Denver Center Theatre), Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (Huntington Theater, Studio Theatre DC), King Hedley II, Seven Guitars, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Two River Theater), Fences, A Raisin in the Sun (Geva Theater), Distant Fires (People's Light and Theater), Clybourne Park (Caldwell Theatre), The Wedding Gift, pen/man/ship (Contemporary American Theatre Fest), Count (PlayMakers Rep) TV includes: “Law & Order,” "Law & Order: SVU,” “JAG,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Sopranos," "Boardwalk Empire,” “Luke Cage," and "The Blacklist.
Natsuko Hirano is thrilled to be returning to Pan Asian Rep! She is originally from Fukuoka, Japan. She graduated from Santa Monica College, CA (Theatre Major), and studied at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, NY to pursue her dream of being a professional actress. Off-Broadway:Katsumi (Sayonara, Pan Asian Rep). Regional:Christmas Eve (Avenue Q), Victoria (CATS), Bird Girl (Seussical), Eliza (The King and I). Currently, she is working on several developmental readings. She is so happy to work with this cast and crew and would like to thank her parents, teachers, and friends who always trust her work and support her! www.natsukohirano.com