Polar Bear in a Fish Tank in a Mall in China

On the set of a reality TV show deep in the snowy mountains, seven gay men compete for the love of one bachelor. But when one of them vanishes, they discover that game isn't what it seems, and that the house is full of secrets: a curse, a conspiracy, a monster. Stalked by an implacable terror, each must decide for himself: did he come here to make friends? Or to win?
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Polar Bear in a Fish Tank in a Mall in China

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  • Cheryl Bear:
    19 Aug. 2020
    A hilarious and suspenseful mystery into the missing men on the competition for love and the frightful experience of it all. Well done.
  • Nick Malakhow:
    25 Dec. 2019
    Equal parts hilarious and horrifying, Giles has created a theatrical world that cleverly critiques social truths and reality tv culture. It also proves itself to be a compelling horror story! Giles explores the internalized shame, misogyny, and homophobia of gay men; the ways they mistreat one another; mental health issues; and intersectional identity within the queer community using a cleverly selected group of characters and some off the charts satire-meets-gross out horror movie moments. Titillation and terror comingle in complex ways that make me consider what we sacrifice at times to belong and feel loved and attractive.
  • Julia Specht:
    10 Nov. 2019
    Breathlessly hilarious, jaw-droppingly gross, and heartbreaking in equal measure, this play is an impossible parkour trick that somehow works. Dan takes a salacious & goofy premise, and manages to weave in a complex thread re: the inherited trauma of queerness in a sharply intelligent way that takes you by surprise. From a craft standpoint, it feels like a magic trick. Plus, it's wildly entertaining.

Development History

  • Reading
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    Youngblood / Ensemble Studio Theatre
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    2018

Awards

Finalist
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Playspace
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Pipleline Theatre Company
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2020
Semi-Finalist
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National Playwrights' Conference
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O'Neill Theatre Center
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2019
Finalist
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Working Farm
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SPACE on Ryder Farm
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2019