The Book of Mountains and Seas

Two years after losing his son in a hate crime, a California dad teams up with the son’s last boyfriend in New York on an impossible mission to visit all the restaurants on the son’s Yelp page -- but each with their own agenda. The dad is Chinese. The boyfriend is American. A comic drama about two people dealing with loss, differences, and their unlikely friendship in a digital and global age.
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The Book of Mountains and Seas

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  • Rachel Bublitz:
    23 Nov. 2019
    A beautiful play. Filled with humor and heart. It breaks your heart quite a bit as well. There's a ton to dig into theatrically, a lot the playwright has left designers to imagine and play with. A look at loss and grief, culture clashing, and what parents can expect from their children, even after they've died. Highly recommend for reading and producing.
  • Adam Szymkowicz:
    2 May. 2019
    Funny and beautiful
  • Unicorn Theatre:
    28 Mar. 2019
    This play was a FINALIST for the 2019-2020 In-Progress New Play Reading Series at Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. It is our pleasure to support THE BOOK OF MOUNTAINS AND SEAS.

Character Information

  • Archie
    20s,
    Asian
    ,
    Male
    Chinese, 20s, kind of dead, lives in a digital world; the kind of person everybody would remember talking to after a party but no one would actually know his name
  • Raymond
    50s, 60s,
    Asian
    ,
    Male
    college professor in California, Chinese, 50s, Archie’s father; the kind of dad who would watch at least two episodes of RuPaul's Drag Race before a party so he could talk to his son's gay friends
  • Andrew
    30s,
    Any ethnicity
    ,
    Male
    photographer in New York, American, any ethnicity, late 20s / early 30s, Archie’s old boyfriend; in a party he's most likely seen in a corner talking to the house cat

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    DVRF Playwrights Roundtable
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    CAATA in partnership with Victory Gardens Theater
    ,
    2018
  • Residency
    ,
    WildWind Performance Lab/Kennedy Center
    ,
    2018
  • Residency
    ,
    SPACE on Ryder Farm
    ,
    2018
  • Workshop
    ,
    East West Players
    ,
    2017

Awards

Finalist
,
The New Harmony Project
,
2018
Semi-Finalist
,
Bay Area Playwrights Festival
,
2018
Semi-Finalist
,
O'Neill Playwrights Conference
,
2018
Winner
,
Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award
,
Kennedy Center
,
2018