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Vietgone

A love-and-war comedy

When Saigon falls in 1975, Quang and Tong, two Vietnamese refugees separated from their previous partners, have a sexy meet-cute in Arkansas that promptly becomes a no-strings-attached relationship to pass the time. Living in the land of “cheeseburgers, waffle fries and cholesterol” (aka America) proves to be an intoxicating adventure that leads Quang and Tong to question their futures, both together and in their new country. Part history play and part memoir, this whip-smart comedy is punctuated with flashbacks and bursts of rap songs, all while giving unabashed reflections on American culture and offering a human-centered view of the Vietnam War and its aftermath.


Three things to know

  • Vietgone is a music-filled, raucous romantic comedy set against the trauma of the Vietnam War that left scars of differing natures on Vietnam and the U.S. The complexity of perspectives about the war is highlighted in one of the final monologues of the play, where the character Quang shares how the Vietnamese want their country to be remembered vs. the narrative held by many Americans and U.S. politicians, especially as it relates to the Vietnam War.
  • That said, playwright Qui Nguyen states early on in the script that this is not a story about war, but a story about falling in love.
  • Fun, fast-paced and heartfelt, Vietgone is packed with pop culture references, rap music and witty banter with a focus on relationships, both romantic and familial.

Themes

  • This play addresses a serious topic (the war in Vietnam) in a comedic and energetic fashion. What are other examples of art that take a similar approach? 
  • The war in Vietnam is remembered in many ways by different people. This play does not aim to encapsulate all of those perspectives at once. It's primarily a story of the playwright's parents, and how they first met. How might this personal love story intersect with the larger story (and stories) of countries at war? How do our personal experiences intersect with larger events in the world?
Contains mature language and themes, including racial slurs, stylized violence, sexual interaction and descriptions of war. Children should be 14 years of age or older to attend this performance.

Saturday, September 24 2022 at 1:00 pm

Sunday, September 25 2022 at 7:00 pm

Wednesday, October 05 2022 at 7:30 pm

In partnership with

Guthrie Theater

Transportation

If you do not have access to a ride, call Project Success and we can provide transportation for you. Please let us know if you need a ride when you make your reservation. We will need at least 2 days’ notice to set up transportation.

Childcare is available for those under the age of 14. Please let us know if you need childcare when you make your reservation.

Additional Information

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Vietgone

Saturday, September 24 2022 at 1:00 pm

In partnership with

Guthrie Theater

Transportation

If you do not have access to a ride, call Project Success and we can provide transportation for you. Please let us know if you need a ride when you make your reservation. We will need at least 2 days’ notice to set up transportation.

Childcare is available for those under the age of 14. Please let us know if you need childcare when you make your reservation.

A love-and-war comedy

When Saigon falls in 1975, Quang and Tong, two Vietnamese refugees separated from their previous partners, have a sexy meet-cute in Arkansas that promptly becomes a no-strings-attached relationship to pass the time. Living in the land of “cheeseburgers, waffle fries and cholesterol” (aka America) proves to be an intoxicating adventure that leads Quang and Tong to question their futures, both together and in their new country. Part history play and part memoir, this whip-smart comedy is punctuated with flashbacks and bursts of rap songs, all while giving unabashed reflections on American culture and offering a human-centered view of the Vietnam War and its aftermath.


Three things to know

  • Vietgone is a music-filled, raucous romantic comedy set against the trauma of the Vietnam War that left scars of differing natures on Vietnam and the U.S. The complexity of perspectives about the war is highlighted in one of the final monologues of the play, where the character Quang shares how the Vietnamese want their country to be remembered vs. the narrative held by many Americans and U.S. politicians, especially as it relates to the Vietnam War.
  • That said, playwright Qui Nguyen states early on in the script that this is not a story about war, but a story about falling in love.
  • Fun, fast-paced and heartfelt, Vietgone is packed with pop culture references, rap music and witty banter with a focus on relationships, both romantic and familial.

Themes

  • This play addresses a serious topic (the war in Vietnam) in a comedic and energetic fashion. What are other examples of art that take a similar approach? 
  • The war in Vietnam is remembered in many ways by different people. This play does not aim to encapsulate all of those perspectives at once. It's primarily a story of the playwright's parents, and how they first met. How might this personal love story intersect with the larger story (and stories) of countries at war? How do our personal experiences intersect with larger events in the world?
Contains mature language and themes, including racial slurs, stylized violence, sexual interaction and descriptions of war. Children should be 14 years of age or older to attend this performance.

Additional Information

Playwright Qui Nguyen talks about writing this play: