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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

El Dorado native Qui Nguyen's "Vietgone" tells a refugee love story

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 9:20 AM

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A New York premiere is underway for “Vietgone,” El Dorado native Qui Nguyen’s comic-book style comedy about his parents, Quang and Tong Nguyen, meeting at a Fort Chaffee refugee camp after fleeing (or, in Quang’s case, being evacuated) from Vietnam. “Vietgone” was awarded the 2015 Harold and Mimi Steinberg /American Theater Critics Association New Play Award, which included a prize of $25,000, and opens at the Manhattan Theatre Club October 25. 

Nguyen, with director Robert Ross Parker, also co-founded Vampire Cowboys, a self-described " 'geek theatre' company that creates and produces new works of theatre based in action/adventure and dark comedy with a comic book aesthetic."


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