by Qui Nguyen
produced by Writers Theatre
Opened August 2018 in the Nichols Theatre
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.
Chicago Tribune: “Jadhwani has cast her leads superbly well… This is, in the end, the story of love triumphing over despair — and “Vietgone” has a lot of heart… To her great credit, Jadhwani (and the projections designer, Rasean Davonte Johnson) makes all the epic implications of this story clear.”
Rescripted: “The latest in a long line of lovely work from local director Lavina Jadwani, Vietgone is a romp of a love story… ultimately Vietgone is Chicago theatre at it’s best; unafraid of complexity, tackling serious issues, with a bit of cheek.”
Newcity Stage: “Under Lavina Jadhwani’s direction, the production at Writers Theatre zings with spirit and heart.”
Chicago Defender: “Director Lavina Jadhwani brings the heart-wrenching story of Vietgone to life with a fresh perspective of boldness and sexiness.”
Featuring Rammel Chan, Emjoy Gavino, Ian Michael Minh, Aurora Adachi-Winter, and Matthew C. Yee.
Photos by Michael Brosilow.