dueEast Theatre Company set to Kick Off Asian-American Heritage Month with The Theory of Everything

dueEast Theatre Company, in conjunction with Wing and Groove Theatre Company, proudly presents the midwest premiere of Prince Gomolvilas’ award-winning play The Theory of Everything. Performances begin May 10, 2003 at the Wing and Groove Theatre located at 1935 _ West North Avenue. The production runs Friday through Sunday through May 31st, 2003. The curtain for each performance rises at 8:00 PM, 3 pm on Sundays. Tickets for all performances are $15. Student, senior and group discounts are available. Mother’s Day special: Bring your mom to the show for a special two-for-one ticket. To make a reservation or inquire for more information, call 773-353-5979.

dueEast Theatre Company’s inaugural production of The Theory of Everything pays homage to Asian-American Heritage month. The play follows seven Asian Americans (Thai, Filipino, Chinese, Japanese) who gather atop a Las Vegas wedding chapel every week for a UFO watch. One particular night brings about profound changes in all their lives when the impossible becomes a reality. This vibrant and moving comedy explores the politics of race, identity, and faith.

The Business Times calls Gomolvilas’ writing, “. . .tight, intelligent, and funny".
He is the recipient of the International Herald Tribune/SRT Playwriting Award, Julie Harris Playwright Award, and PEN Center USA West Literary Award for Drama. His work has been produced in Arlington (VA), Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Singapore, and Washington DC.

Artistic Director Allen Sermonia directs The Theory of Everything with a pan-asian ensemble spanning Chicago’s Asian-American performing arts groups such as Stir-Friday Night, Pintig Cultural Group, and one of Chicago’s original pan-asian theatre companies, Mina Sama-NO. The cast includes: Jennifer Liu, Christine Bunuan, Narciso Lobo, Elaine Wong, Mike Pureza, Mary Ann de La Cruz, and Ben Veatch.

Dedicated to Performing Arts which highlight the talents of Asian-American performing artists be they playwrights, actors, dancers, or choreographers in the Chicago area. dueEast will dedicate its seasons to the presentation and performance of stories that chronicle the Asian American experience past and present, histories in Asian culture, and through the performing arts, reach out to the Chicago community in the hopes of dispelling stereotypes about Asian Americans.

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