Pictures Make It Real!; or: "Mysterious Skin" L.A. Production Photos

As you may have noticed, dedicated Bamboo Nation readers, things have been rather quiet around these parts. I've been completely immersed in the L.A. production of Mysterious Skin—our first week of previews were beautiful, by the way—and going through some major life changes. I lieu of lengthy, witty commentary, here are production photos from the show (running now until October 10, 2010), a show which I am proud of beyond words. You should see me sit there during performances and burst into tears like a little bitch.

Benjamin Lee (Marcus Choi) explains alien abductions to his television audience. Photo by Michael Lamont.

Brian (Scott Keiji Takeda) and Avalyn (Elizabeth Liang) identify the person who can solve the answers to Brian’s past. Photo by Michael Lamont.

Wendy (Christine Corpuz) warns Neil (David Huynh) about hustling in a big city like New York. Photo by Michael Lamont.

Eric (Ruffy Landayan) confesses his feelings to Neil (David Huynh) before Neil moves to New York. Photo by Michael Lamont.

Neil (David Huynh) meets Brian (Scott Keiji Takeda) on the street where their lives come crashing together to unlock the past. Photo by Michael Lamont.


  1. On Thursday night, September 16, I saw this dramatization by Prince Gomolvilas of the novel by Scott Heim; beautiful work, with powerful performances and want to recommend it unreservedly for anyone able to deal with strong feelings and respect for the different ways people have of being changed by trauma.

    In contrast to Heim's series of monologues, Prince's 2003 dramatization uses the technique of making the mystery about one thing clearer, and the mystery about another still unresolved.

    The stories the actors unfold are those their characters are capable of giving, and even the character who acts out his suppressed feelings most self-destructively is still capable of making good on one debt, and making up for it as best as a touch can.

    This is a play that makes you want to get out of the theater to avoid having to confront those stories because the writing is so strong and takes you even further, and further beyond that. Thus, Prince's is a work that really makes theater operate not as entertainment so much as a Greek tragedy, that is, as a communal, cathartic experience,

    Being cathartic is hardly redemptive but can give the audience a greater clarity of how people can get where they are and serves as a reminder that life itself can explore what theater can teach can be explored after the lights come up.

    Tim Dang's direction relies on split-section timing by his gifted writers, but Prince's writing operates on different levels and in different spheres, all intermingling and hitting against each other.

    Go see it!

  2. The subject matter . . . the raw, open-wound script . . . the wrenching performances . . . How could anyone not cry like a little bitch?
    Damn you for making me cry, Prince.
    And thank you.

  3. Grant and Peter, thanks so so much. It means a lot to me to hear such kind words about this play and production.

  4. Mysterious Skin was an amazing production for so many reasons. The acting, the direction and, yes, because of all that amazing writing:

    So beautifully written, from the unexpectedly funny moments, to passages of truly inspired poetry.

    A great night of theater. Can't wait to see what you come up with next.