Held Close and Buried Deep: Vietgone Arrives at A.C.T.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the first rehearsal of Vietgone with director Jaime Castañeda and composer Shammy Dee.

by Taylor Steinbeck
Feb 13, 2018

The Mischievous Artist: An Interview with Playwright Qui Nguyen, Part One

“I had to write Vietgone because those are five really good roles that don’t exist for Asian Americans.”
Part 1 of our interview with playwright Qui Nguyen.

by Michael Paller
Feb 20, 2018

Cadence, Rhythm, Flow: An Interview with Composer Shammy Dee, Part One

Get to know Vietgone’s composer Shammy Dee—we talked to him about hip-hop, his process, and musical storytelling.

by Elspeth Sweatman
Feb 27, 2018

From Saigon to the States: A Brief History of Vietnamese Refugees 

Learn more about the history of the Vietnamese refugees in Vietgone.

by Simon Hodgson
Mar 2, 2018

Welcoming Humor: An Interview with Vietgone Director Jaime Castañeda


“A lot of Qui’s story relates to my own experiences.” We spoke to director Jaime Castañeda about his vision for this hilarious and heartbreaking play.

by Taylor Steinbeck

Mar 6, 2018

The History Behind Vietgone: The Fall
of Saigon


“Ladies and Gentleman, I am Captain Quang Nguyen of the 225th Helicopter Squadron of the Republic of Vietnam’s Air Force. I’ll be flying you all to freedom.”

by Allie Moss and Simon Hodgson
Mar 16, 2018

Cadence, Rhythm, Flow: An Interview with Composer Shammy Dee, Part Two


Why does hip-hop work so well in an immigrant story? What are the best hip-hop albums of all time? Composer Shammy Dee gives us some answers!

by Elspeth Sweatman
Mar 27, 2018

Podcast: Vietgone Prologue Discussion

Before the performance of Vietgone on March 27, 2018, Associate Artistic Director Andy Donald and Director Jaime Castañeda spoke to a live audience about Qui Nguyen's irreverent new comedy now playing at The Strand Theater.

Found in Translation: How Language Works in Qui Nguyen's Vietgone


“Whoop whoop, fist bump. Mozzarella sticks, tater tot, french fry.” We unpacked how the Vietnamese and Americans speak with one another in Vietgone.

by Taylor Steinbeck
Apr 3, 2018

Rewriting the Narrative: How Vietgone  Reclaims Vietnamese Representation 


By giving his characters dimension and agency, Qui Nguyen reclaims how Vietnamese people have been represented on stage and screen.

by Taylor Steinbeck
Apr 20, 2018

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