Prince Gomolvilas

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Prince Gomolvilas (born August 28, 1972) is a Thai American playwright. He has written many plays which have been produced in the United States and won several distinctive awards, including a PEN Center USA West Literary Award for Drama.

He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of Thai-born parents. His family moved to California when he was age seven and he spent most of his youth in Monrovia. He attended San Francisco State University and received a BA in film and screenwriting and an MFA in creative writing and playwriting.

In 1992, while living in San Francisco, Gomolvilas began writing plays. His plays include Big Hunk o' Burnin' Love (1998), The Theory of Everything (2000), winner of the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild/Julie Harris Playwright Award, the International Herald Tribune/SRT Playwriting Award, and the PEN Center USA West Literary Award for Drama, Bee (2001), and the stage adaptation of Mysterious Skin (2003), which is based on the novel by Scott Heim.

Prince Gomolvilas, who has also lived in Bangkok, Thailand, currently lives in Los Angeles.

Plays[edit]

  • Big Hunk o' Burnin' Love (1998)
  • Seat Belts and Big Fat Buddhas (1999)
  • The Theory of Everything (2000)
  • Debunking Love (2000)
  • Bee (2001)
  • Boyz of All Nationz: The Rise and Fall of a Multi-Ethnic Boy Band (2002)
  • Mysterious Skin (2003) [Gomolvilas' first play adaptation from a book][1]
  • The Fabulous Adventures of Captain Queer (2006)
  • Jukebox Stories (in collaboration with Brandon Patton) (2006)

Awards[edit]

  • 1998: Beverly Hills Theatre Guild/Julie Harris Playwright Award, The Theory of Everything
  • 1998: International Herald Tribune/SRT Playwriting Award, The Theory of Everything
  • 2001: PEN Center USA West Literary Award for Drama, The Theory of Everything
  • 2006: East West Players Made in America Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement for the Asian Pacific Islander Community
  • National Endowment for the Arts Grant
  • Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Grant

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mysterious Ways: interview with playwright Prince Gomolvilas". Asia Pacific Arts. 10/01/2010. 

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