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Vietgone

October 4 – November 3, 2019

  • By Qui Nguyen

  • Original Music by Shane Rettig

  • Directed by Desdemona Chiang

  • Neuhaus Theatre

  • Age Recommendation: Age 14 and up.

  • #AlleyVietgone
    #Vietgone

  • The run time is approximately 2 hours, including one intermission.

Overview

It’s 1975. Saigon has fallen. He lost his wife. She lost her fiancé. But now in America, a strange new land of cowboys, hippies, and bikers, these two Vietnamese refugees just might find each other. Remixing history and culture into a funny and energetic fantasia, playwright Qui Nguyen creates a contemporary twist on the boy meets girl story that The New York Times hails as “a raucous, immensely moving comedy.” Using his irreverent, infectious style, Nguyen takes audiences on a hilariously rip-roaring ride across 1970s America with a hot soundtrack that serves up hip-hop, sass, and revolution.  

What the critics are saying: 
“A raucous, immensely moving comedy with jazzy comic performances... Qui Nguyen is clearly a playwright with an inventive mind.” – The New York Times 
“A wildly fun, imaginative production, wonderfully staged and hilarious!” – The Hollywood Reporter 

Vietnamese Cuisine before or after your performance of Vietgone

  • Stop by Mais Restaurant for traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Show your Alley Theatre tickets and receive a FREE order of spring rolls. Limit one per table. 
  • Stop by Kim Son Restaurant for classic Vietnamese cuisine. Show your Alley Theatre tickets and receive a 20% discount for dining (excluding tax and alcohol). 

Content considerations: Playwright Qui Nguyen sidesteps language and cultural barriers by using the voice of his own generation, which includes hip-hop, slang, and significant profanity. This comedic odyssey explores love and loss in the context of 1970s America, including an irreverent and frank take on violence, drug use, and sexual relationships.

Vietgone is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company. 

Sponsors

Honorary Producers

Creative Team

Qui Nguyen

Playwright

Lap Chi Chu

Lighting Design

Elisheba Ittoop

Sound Design

Victoria Beauray Sagady

Projection Design

Adil Mansoor

Assistant Director

McCorkle Casting LTD.

New York Casting

EQuality

Rap Consultant, Music Director

Adam Noble

Fight Director, Intimacy Consultant

Emily Bohannan

Assistant Stage Manager

The Cast

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Desirée Mee Jung

as Huong, Thu, Asian Girl, American Girl, Translator, Flower Girl

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Jon Norman Schneider

as Playwright, Giai, Bobby, Captain Chambers, Redneck Biker, Hippie Dude

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Viet Vo

as Nhan, Khue, Asian Guy, American Guy

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Kim Wong

as Tong