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UFOs, Vegas, identity explored in The Theory of Everything

Richmond’s Linda Leong Sum plays the character of May in the next Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre show next week.  - Patrick Parenteau (DVPix) photo
Richmond’s Linda Leong Sum plays the character of May in the next Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre show next week.
— image credit: Patrick Parenteau (DVPix) photo

Two Richmond actors are among a cast exploring Asian-American identity in a comedic play hitting the stage next week in Vancouver.

Alvin Tran and Linda Leong Sum are appearing in The Theory of Everything—a comedy about UFOs, Vegas and identity crisis—at the Roundhouse Performance Centre, Jan. 9 to 12.

Written by Thai-American playwright Prince Gomolvilas, the play looks at Asian-American identity across three generations.

Seven Asian-Americans (Thai, Filipino, Chinese, Japanese) gather atop a Las Vegas wedding chapel every week in search of UFOs. While scanning the skies, they gaze into each other’s souls, and discover a personal bond as they search for a deeper meaning to their otherwise empty Vegas lives.

Alvin TranTran, one of the show’s stars, is an up-and-coming actor known to Richmond for his work in Forbidden Phoenix at Gateway Theatre in 2011. Leong Sum also appeared in Forbidden Phoenix, and has a long list of other acting credits.

Tickets to The Theory of Everything are $10 to $20, available in advance from vact.ca or at the door.

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