Continuing its 2018–2019 season, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre will present the world premiere of The Brothers Paranormal by Prince Gomolvilas. Billed as a "ghost story," the new work explores the intersection of Thai-American and African-American, spiritual displacement, and mental health.
Performances will run April 28–May 19 at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row. Opening night is May 1.
The Brothers Paranormal will be directed by Jeff Liu, and will feature a cast made up of Brian D. Coats as Felix, Josephine Huang as Noi, Vin Kridakorn as Max, Emily Kuroda as Tasanee, Dawn L. Troupe as Delia, and Roy Vongtama as Visarut.
The play follows two Thai brothers who investigate paranormal activities in the Midwest. When the siblings visit the home of an African-American couple who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina, their notions of reality and spiritual beliefs are pushed to a breaking point.
"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,” says playwright Gomolvilas. “While I interviewed and shadowed actual paranormal investigators, I also spoke to one of the world’s leading experts on dying, death, and grief—all in an effort to explore 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."
The Brothers Paranormal will feature set design by Sheryl Liu (Daybreak), costume design by Hyun Sook Kim (Dream of Red Pavilions), lights by Victor En Yu Tan (Shogun Macbeth), and sound design by Ian Wherle (Sayonara). The stage management team is Kristine Schlachter and Sabrina Morabito.