We do not like our audience to hide. We want them to be a part of it. We want to move them and change them and make them question.


HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE

March 2016
Spark Drama Studio

Li’l Bit has always felt like an outsider and no one in her dysfunctional family understands her, except Uncle Peck. Set against the backdrop of a Driver’s Education course, this is a story of love and sexual experience before the age of consent.

“One of the most discomfiting love stories to emerge from the American theatre”, according to the New York Times, and winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Paula Vogel’s “How I Learned to Drive” confronts us with the cycle of abuse and challenges the audience to question whether, “All roads lead back home”!

Directed by Peter O’Neill and produced by Jaime Zúñiga, the production stars (in order of appearance) Siree Riewpaiboon (Li’l Bit), James Laver (Uncle Peck), Nick Gallagher (Greek Male Chorus), Mandi Manson (1st Female Greek Chorus), and Claire Stanley (2nd Female Greek Chorus), with sets and costumes by Kochawan Chayawan and sound design by Surasak Kerdsin. 

“How I Learned to Drive” was written by American playwright and former chair of playwriting at Yale School of Drama, Paula Vogel. Her plays often deal with taboos and controversial subjects. She rose to fame with The Baltimore Waltz, a play inspired by the AIDS-related death of her brother Carl, which won her the Obie Award for Best Play in 1992. Other notable plays include Desdemona, A Play About A Handkerchief (1979), The Oldest Profession (1981), And Baby Makes Seven (1984), Hot 'N Throbbing (1994), and The Mineola Twins (1996).


The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World

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November 2015
Bangkok Theatre Festival

The play tells the story of a poor Mexican woman born with a disfiguring genetic condition and sold as a child to be exhibited in freak shows around the world. Peel the Limelight’s production will be a sensory performance based on perception, discrimination and exploitation. The audience will be (and must remain) blindfolded to experience the show.

WRITTEN by Shaun Prendergast
DIRECTED by Peter O'Neill

STARRING: Claire Stanley, James Laver, Mandi Manson, Neil Anthony Rusia, Siree Riewpaiboon & Tom Poldre

PRODUCTION & CREATIVE TEAM: Jaime Zúñiga, Kochawan (Bamee) Chayawan, Phiingkakarn (Kanoon) Asawowararit & Surasak (Keng) Kerdsin


GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES

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February 2015
Spark Drama Studio

Written by Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Peter O'Neill

This love story begins at age 8 in the school Nurse’s office and it reveals over 30 years, the beautifully destructive nature of romance.

Is love just another form of self-harm? Kayleen is a troubled girl from a dysfunctional family. Doug is her accident prone ‘Knight in Shining Armour’. Although they age and life gets in the way, will these two ever be able to be together? This play asks us, ‘Why do we hurt those we love the most?’ Will they make it out alive and in love?


BENT

Bent

May 2014
Petralai Management Theatre

Written by Martin Sherman
Directed by Peter O'Neill

Between 1933 and 1945 approximately 100,000 homosexuals were arrested. This play tells the story of a few of them.

Bent deals with persecution, discrimination and alienation but most of all love.  It is set against the backdrop of the Night of Long Knives in 1934 Berlin and the subsequent incarceration of its characters into the recently opened Dachau Concentration Camp. It is the end of the decadent years of Berlin and the beginning of the dark days of the Holocaust. The play addresses the responsibility of self - the concepts of autonomy, survival and ultimately transcendence or even liberation.

Bent originally opened in 1979 in London's West End starring Ian McKellen and the following year opened on Broadway starring Richard Gere. In addition to a Tony Award nomination for Best Play, it was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and won a Dramatists Guild's Hull-Warriner Award.

The 1997 film version was directed by Sean Mathias with performances by Clive Owen, Ian McKellen, Mick Jagger and Jude Law. It won Award of the Youth at the Cannes Film Festival.

[I]t’s a tale of how individuals deal with marginalisation and oppression.
— Bent into shape by Ken Kongkatong (Bangkok Post, 5 Jun 2014)