Rights of Passage

by  Robert Leone, Ed Decker

Full Length Play, Drama  /  6m, 2f

"Nuanced, engrossing, riveting [...] the impact is undeniable." - San Francisco Chronicle

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 2f
  • Duration


    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Wayan is a young, gay Hindu man who lives on the island of Bali in Indonesia. Wayan searches for a way to reconcile who he is with what his family and community expect of him. Mixing traditional forms of storytelling, including puppetry, mask, and dance with modern devices such as digital media, the play nimbly explores the struggle that each of us faces in establishing our identity and living in a way that is true to ourselves. From the central story of Wayan’s journey, the play expands to tell true stories of LGBTQ struggles and triumphs from around the world. Each story fits into the play’s overall narrative arc, which is built around three key “rites” of passage in life – childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.

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  • New Conservatory Theatre Company trailer for Rights of Passage
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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Bali and several other locations
  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music, Puppetry


6m, 2f
NINI - (NEE-nee) Elderly Balinese matriarch (shadow puppet)
PUTU - (POOH-too) Young Balinese boy (shadow puppet)
MOON - Moon goddess who watches over the earth
WAYAN - (Why-ANN) Gay Balinese man who ages from child to adult (puppet through age 10)
MADE - (MAH-day) Wayan's grandmother,Nyoman’s mother, a traditional Balinese woman
NYOMAN - (NEE-oh-mon) Wayan’s father, Made’s son
ATIN - (AH-tin) Wayan’s mother (shadow puppet)
ARDHANARI SWARI - (Ardha-naree SWA-ree) Hindu god depicted as half-male and half-female (shadow puppet)
RANGDA - (RANG-da) Demon queen of the Layaks in Balinese mythology
SELA - (SAY-la) Ten-year-old Indonesian girl. Wayan’s best friend (puppet)
SHE - Pre-adolescent Muslim girl in a burka (puppet)
HE - Pre-adolescent American boy in modern dress (puppet)
KLAUS - (Klouse) Nine-year-old German boy in Peter Pan pajamas (puppet)
NDUMI - (Neh-DOO-me) Teenage Senegalese lesbian
COLIN - (CALL-in) Teenage boy in London
DHIRA - (DEER-ah) Teenage girl from Iran raised in the UK
MUM - Dhira’s mother (offstage voice)
KADEK - (Kah-DECK) Young Balinese male, from age 18 through 28
YANOS - (YAW-noce) Serbian male nationalist, age 20-25
VICTIM -  Central European gay man, age 20-25
KUNYARAT - (COON-ya-rot) Transgender Asian woman
SAVANNA - (Sa-VAN-ah) Black Mississippi drag queen
GUY - (rhymes with eye) Homophobic male plumber
JUSTIN - Gay guy at plumbing company
DOUGIE - Guy’s friend
NORMA - Guy’s wife
MAVUTO - (Mah-VOO-toe) Malawian male, age 20
CHITUWE - (Chi-TOO-way) Malawian male, age 21
MURNI - (MUR-nee) Indonesian teenage girl
FACEBOOK - Postings from around the globe (voices)
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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Asian Actor(s)
  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Multicultural casting



Robert Leone

Robert Leone

Ed Decker

Ed Decker

Rights of Passage premiered at the New Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, CA in August 2012 under the direction of Arturo Catricala.

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