January 25 - February 18, 2018
Where: Lyceum Space
By Qui Nguyen
Directed by Jesca Prudencio
Set Design by Justin Humphres
Costume Design by Anastasia Pautova
Lightind Design by Bo Tindell
Sound Design by Melanie Chen Cole
Dramaturgy by Jim Short
Assistant Direction by Christine Nathanson
Stage Management by Heather Brose
Ben Levin as Quang
Katherine Ko as Tong
Lawrence Kao as Nhan/Khue/Asian Guy/American Guy
Shaun Tuazon as Playwright/Bobby/Hippie Dude/Redneck Biker/Giai
Emy Coligado as Huong/Flower Girl/Thu/American Girl/Translator
This is the story of how Quang meets Tong, how they flee from Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War, fall in love in a refugee camp in Arkansas, take a life changing road trip across 1970’s America and eventually give birth to a playwright named Qui Nguyen (who happens to have written this play). This love story is like no other. Told through the eyes of a very contemporary young American who loves pop culture, this sexy comedy is a mash-up of comic books, hip-hop, martial arts and Hollywood action movies. Acclaimed as one of the most innovative playwrights in the country, author Nguyen embraces two cultures and two time periods using a uniquely infectious style that The New York Times calls “culturally savvy comedy.”
About the Show
“A raucous, immensely moving comedy.”
- The New York Times
“★★★★! High-energy triumph!”
- The Guardian
"Riotous and simply honest."
- LA Times
“Where else can you get a new perspective on America fighting the Vietnam War mixed with ninjas, rap, motorcycles, sex, profanities and lots and lots of love? Vietgone is a blast and is a perfect antidote to today’s anti-other rhetoric.”
–Kim Heil, Associate Producer
Note: Vietgone is told with explicit language.
Shaun recently played Chino in WEST SIDE STORY. Curently, Shaun's scenic design can be seen in SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN.
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