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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


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 

Join us for programs that connect you with other theatre lovers, our artists, and what is on stage in a whole new way:
October 6: Designer Talk
October 6: Captioned Performance
October 12: Alley in Context discussing themes from the play from the perspective of a Vietnam War refugee and veteran Nick B. Tran, Head of Global Veteran Affairs & Programs at Schlumberger
October 15: Alley in Context with members of the creative team and Wei Huan-Chen, Theater Critic & Arts/Culture Writer at the Houston Chronicle

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. 


Honorary Producers

Creative Team

Qui Nguyen


Lap Chi Chu

Lighting Design

Elisheba Ittoop

Sound Design

Victoria Beauray Sagady

Projection Design

Adam Noble

Fight Director, Intimacy Consultant


Rap Consultant, Music Director

Adil Mansoor

Assistant Director

Emily Bohannan

Assistant Stage Manager

McCorkle Casting LTD.

New York Casting

The Cast


Desirée Mee Jung

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


Jon Norman Schneider

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


Viet Vo

as Nhan, Khue, Asian Guy, American Guy


Kim Wong

as Tong