Isaac Kwok, Alvin Tran, Quynh Mi

The Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre will tackle aliens, identity crises, and Las Vegas in its upcoming Master Class production of The Theory of Everything. This award-winning play by Thai-American playwright Prince Gomolvilas will be performed at Vancouver’s Roundhouse Performance Centre from January 9 to 13, 2013.

The Theory of Everything is a delightfully witty, touching, and ultimately uplifting comedy that looks at Asian-American identity across three generations. The play paints a comical tableaux of seven Asian-Americans (Thai, Filipino, Chinese, Japanese) who gather atop a Las Vegas wedding chapel every week in search of UFOs. While scanning the skies, they gaze into each other’s souls, and discover a unique personal bond as they search for a deeper meaning to their otherwise empty Vegas lives.

“This ensemble cast play is filled with moving and brilliantly written monologues for each character that make it the perfect production to allow the talents of Vancouver’s next generation of Asian-Canadian performers to shine through,” according to Joyce Lam, Artistic Director of Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre.

Vancouver artist/Master Class mentor Rick Tae has been nominated for several Jessie Awards for both directing and producing. Tae collaborated with VACT to create the inaugural Master Class workshop, due to the lack of professional development opportunities for Asian-Canadian performers. In line with VACT’s mandate, the Master Class aims to build an Asian community of next generation theatre professionals to better reflect Vancouver audiences. All ticket sales will fund next year’s Master Class program.

According to the Northwest Asian Weekly, The Theory of Everything is “an uplifting look into the Asian-American identity. Gomolvilas does a stellar job of weaving witty, observational humor into serious subjects.”

The Theory of Everything
Dates: January 9 to 12, 2013, 8 pm; additional January 12 matinée at 2 pm
Venue: Roundhouse Performance Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews (at Davie and Pacific), Vancouver
Tickets: $15 adults; $10 students and seniors via online; $20 at the door

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