The Wicked One

The Wicked One is the story of a mother faced with a brutal decision. Based on a true story out
of Rosemead, California, a terminal cancer diagnosis forces a first-generation Laotian immigrant
to confront her son's schizophrenia. The Wicked One explores the piercing isolation
experienced by single mothers, the shame around mental illness that often plagues Asian
families, and...
The Wicked One is the story of a mother faced with a brutal decision. Based on a true story out
of Rosemead, California, a terminal cancer diagnosis forces a first-generation Laotian immigrant
to confront her son's schizophrenia. The Wicked One explores the piercing isolation
experienced by single mothers, the shame around mental illness that often plagues Asian
families, and the heft of having to carry your culture with you in a foreign land.

Finalist for the Relentless Award, semi-finalist for the O'Neill Playwrights' Conference. Developed with The New Group and Circle X Theatre Co. Initially written as a part of The Vagrancy's Blossoming Series.
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The Wicked One

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  • Emma Goldman-Sherman:
    30 Jan. 2021
    The Wicked One is a stunning play filled with beautiful scenes full of pathos and love. I loved the use of the masked figures and would love to see this staged. The roles are tremendous, nuanced and complex, actor-dreams! This is one of the most lyrical and intense dramas I've read in a long time.
  • Playwrights Foundation:
    24 Apr. 2020
    Playwrights Foundation congratulates THE WICKED ONE as a Finalist for BAPF 2020. This play rose to the top 35 out of 735 plays submitted, and was discussed at length by our Bay Area Literary Council for consideration in our season. We loved how this play uses the language of theater to illuminate challenging perspectives and compelling intersectional questions. This play ultimately moved & inspired us and spoke to the core mission of PF. We hope that once we’re allowed to return to our theaters again, it will be considered for production to reach new audiences.
  • Nick Malakhow:
    30 Nov. 2019
    Wow! This beautiful and haunting piece took my breath away! Melancholy and lyrical narration punctuates impeccably-observed scenes of nuanced naturalism. Lee Kit and Sam's relationship provides a devastating exploration of family, mental illness, trauma, and outsidership. The playwright also provides for us a uniquely theatrical representation of schizophrenia, as well as an overall theatrical world that would be visually rich in production. This play begs to be put on its feet, and I hope to see a production sometime soon!

Development History

Awards

Finalist
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Seven Devils Playwrights Conference
,
id Theater
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2020
Finalist
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Relentless Award
,
American Playwriting Foundation
,
2018