This critically acclaimed genre-bending ghost story exploded onto the theater scene in 2019, with five stellar productions across the nation. As the industry slowly returns to a new normal, the momentum is starting to pick up again—so look out for the play in a city near you. In the meantime, The Brothers Paranormal is now in print with Dramatic Publishing. (But Prince highly recommends seeing the play before reading it!)
THE BROTHERS PARANORMAL
"Two Thai-American brothers, one born and raised in the Midwest (Vin Kridakorn) and the other in Thailand (Roy Vongtama), have set up a ghost-busting business to address an increase in Asian apparitions in the American heartland. Their first customers are an African-American couple (Brian D. Coats and Dawn L. Troupe) who fled Hurricane Katrina two years earlier. Produced for the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, Prince Gomolvilas's clever, multilayered play is gratifyingly subtle in its inquiry into migration—the pain of crossing over for the living and the dead alike. Jeff Liu's direction shifts deftly among registers: comedy, melancholy, suspense, and several genuine scares, achieved with the help of some smart lo-fi effects (designed in part by Steve Cuiffo) but especially through the performances. Natsuko Hirano plays an alarmingly agile ghost."