By Qui Nguyen
Original Music by Shane Rettig
Directed by Desdemona Chiang
Age Recommendation: Age 14 and up.
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.
Fight Director, Intimacy Consultant
Rap Consultant, Music Director
Assistant Stage Manager
New York Casting