It's 1975 and two young survivors (who may or may not be the playwright's parents) meet in a Vietnamese refugee camp in mid-America shortly after the fall of Saigon. Will this strange new land of cowboys, hippies and bikers allow them to fall in love? Playwright Qui Nguyen’s wildly creative, irreverent style flips stereotypes on their head, remixing history and culture into a sexy, funny and energetic fantasia as he imagines how two soul mates might have found each other in a turbulent time.
Equal parts road-trip adventure, buddy film, romantic comedy and Hamilton-esque rap musical, this epic new play repurposes pop culture from the last forty years to tell its “probably-mostly-true” story. Directed by Lavina Jadhwani, Vietgone takes a no-holds-barred approach, transporting you through time and across the globe to put an innovative spin on a critical moment in our history.
Advisory: Recommended for ages 14 and up.
This production contains:
- Strong language and sexual situations - Violent images - Simulated drug use and vapor cigarettes
Please note that the production incorporates the use of fog and haze, as well as flashing lights.
Evenings Tuesdays – Saturdays 7:30pm select Sundays at 6pm
Matinees Saturdays 3pm select Sundays at 2pm select Wednesdays at 3pm
This is a reserved seat venue. Doors to the performance space will open approximately 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the performance.
There is no late seating or readmittance.
For performances listed as “Sold Out,” contact the Box Office for more information about our standby and wait list options as well as for assistance locating currently available dates and times.
Featuring: WT Associate Artistic Director Geoff Button and Jeremy McCarter(co-author of Hamilton: The Revolution, founder of Make-Believe Association, director and producer)
Music plays a huge role in Vietgone, and the styles employed by playwright Qui Nguyen and composer Gabriel Ruiz are specific and intentional for each musical moment. At this engaging Q&A, WT Associate Artistic Director Geoff Buttonmoderates a discussion with special guest Jeremy McCarter(co-author of Hamilton: The Revolution, founder ofMake-Believe Association, director and producer) and others to break down the music in Vietgone, looking at the rich storytelling in rap and how popular music makes its way from radio waves to the stage.Seating is limited, RSVP is required.
HISTORY FROM A NEW PERSPECTIVE
Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 11:30am
In Vietgone, playwright Qui Nguyen gives us a dynamic look at the Vietnam War and its aftermath from a rarely observed point of view. At this Sunday Spotlight event, we will be joined by a diverse panel of historians, activists and artists to discuss varying perspectives on this contentious time in history when the country—and the world—was undergoing great change. This free one-hour event begins at 11:30am, leaving you plenty of time for coffee or lunch before the 2pm Sunday matinee performance begins (though you may attend even if you are not staying for the performance)! Seating is limited, RSVP is required.
Post-Show Conversation: The Word
Join us after every Tuesday evening performance (excluding First Week and any extension weeks) for a 15-minute discussion of the play, facilitated by a member of the WT Artistic Team.
Post-Show Conversation: The Artist
Join us after every Wednesday evening performance (excluding First Week and any extension weeks) for a 15-minute talk-back featuring actors from the production, facilitated by a member of the WT Artistic Team.
Pre-Show Conversation: Up Close
Join us at 6:45pm in the Atrium before every Thursday evening performance (excluding First Week and any extension weeks) for a 15-minute primer on the context and content of the play, facilitated by a member of the WT Artistic Team.