Vietgone

Vietgone

by  Qui Nguyen

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 2f

"Vietgonecareens wildly, threatening whiplash to heighten our amusement. By the end, however, this riotous theatrical cartoon won me over with its simple honesty." - Los Angeles Times
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Vietgone
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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Biography, Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway, The Ted Schmitt Award
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

An all-American love story about two very new Americans. It’s 1975. Saigon has fallen. He lost his wife. She lost her fiancé. But now in a new land, they just might find each other. Using his uniquely infectious style The New York Times calls “culturally savvy comedy” – and skipping back and forth from the dramatic evacuation of Saigon to the here and now – playwright Qui Nguyen gets up-close-and-personal to tell the story that led to the creation of…Qui Nguyen.
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Accolades

  • WINNER! 2016 LA Drama Critics Circle Ted Schmitt Award 
    WINNER! 2016 ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award

Reviews

REVIEWS

CRITICS' PICK! "A raucous comedy by Qui Nguyen that strafes just about every subject it tackles and every character it presents [...] Mr. Nguyen’s fresh and impish voice rarely lets up as he thumbs his nose at our expectations." - The New York Times, Read More 

CRITICS' PICK! "Vietgone is easily the freshest, most exuberantly youthful piece I’ve seen at MTC in ages: a punch-drunk mash-up of hip-hop, road movies, sex farce and Vietnamese-American history. Oh, also kick-ass fights." - Time Out New York, Read More 

"An unlikely intermingling of family play, history play, sex farce, action flick, and cultural critique. It is overtly rollicking and sneakily moving." - The Guardian, Read More 

"Vietgone makes you believe that epic tales of heroism and loss exist all around us in this nation of immigrants." - TheaterMania, Read More 

CRITICS' PICK! "Vietgone careens wildly, threatening whiplash to heighten our amusement. By the end, however, this riotous theatrical cartoon won me over with its simple honesty." - Los Angeles Times, Read More 

"Vietgone rides a wave of profane irreverence, sprawling storytelling, spiky humor, bald stereotypes and in the end a searing personal testament that honors the people on whose soil the war was fought [...] Nguyen understands confidently that his story possesses an intrinsic weight and he doesn’t need to preach. He writes with laughter, satire, anger and profanity." - The Star Tribune, Read More


Videos

  • Vietgone at MTC montage
  • Qui Nguyen and May Adrales discuss Vietgone
  • Excerpts from SOuth Coast Rep's production of Vietgone
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
  • Mandatory Music/Media Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century, 1970s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Several locations over the journey of Quang and Tong from Saigon to Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.
  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Casting

3m, 2f

QUANG
TONG
ASIAN GUY, AMERICAN GUY, NHAN, KHUE 
ASIAN GIRL, AMERICAN GIRL, THU, HUONG, TRANSLATOR, FLOWER GIRL 
PLAYWRIGHT, GIAI, BOBBY, CAPTAIN CHAMBERS, REDNECK BIKER, HIPPIE DUDE

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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Asian Actor(s)
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

6 Performance Tracks 

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Authors

Qui Nguyen

Qui Nguyen is a playwright, screenwriter, and co-founder of the OBIE Award-winning Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company of NYC. His plays include Vietgone (2016 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, 2016 LADCC Tim Schmitt Award, 2016 Edward M. Kennedy Prize finalist); War is F**king Awesome (Frederick Loewe Awar ...

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Vietgone premiered at the South Coast Repertory Theatre in Csta Mesa, CA in October 2015 under the direction of May Adrales.

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