WELCOME TO THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA
Book and Lyrics by Luke Landric Leonard
Music by Peter Stopschinski
Lyrics by Katie Pearl
Hank Brown is an adventure-seeking American with a dream to work in a foreign country. Unhappy teaching chemistry at a high school in Pasadena, Texas, Hank parlays his knowledge of chemical elements with a stint in oil and gas to land a position at a Saudi Arabian oil company. Selling his wife Tina (a fervent Christian) on romantic ideas about the Middle East, they relocate to Dhahran in search of their version of the American Dream. But it’s 1981, and after 10 years of living in Saudi Arabia and experiencing two wars, their relationship fractures. With the help of music and humor, the play examines the expatriate lifestyle and becomes an investigation into the psychological, spiritual, and physiological effects of being stationed too long in a foreign land.
- Cast Size: 4M 3W
- Running Time: 90+ minutes
- Royalty Rate: $75 per performance
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About the Artists
Luke Landric Leonard is a theatre director, playwright, actor, filmmaker, and artist. His critically acclaimed opera, theatre, and film projects have premiered nationally and internationally, and his work has been described as “outstanding” by The New York Times. Originally from Houston, Texas, Luke moved to New York and formed Monk Parrots, Inc. to develop, premiere, and tour experimental theatre, music theatre, and opera created by Luke and his collaborators. L.L.L./Monk Parrots are recipients of LMCC Swing Space Artist Residencies and grants from A.R.T.-New York, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Hatch Fund, J & S Sullivan Charitable Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Puffin Foundation, Tides Foundation, and USA Projects. Luke holds a Master of Fine Arts from The University of Texas at Austin and lives in New York City.