Program Information for Vietgone

VIETGONE by Qui Nguyen with original music by Shane Rettig

Presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater and Princeton’s East West Theater on

May 9, 2021 at 2:30 PM



Run Time

Approximately 2 hours, 10 minutes with a 10 minute intermission


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.




Tong — Jacy Duan ’21*
Quang — Minjae Kim ’21*
Asian Guy, American Guy, Nhan, Khue — Jonathan Som ’22
Asian Girl, American Girl, Thu, Huong, Translator, Flower Girl — Grace Zhao ’22*
Playwright, Giai, Bobby, Captain Chambers, Redneck Biker, Hippie Dude — Julien Alam ’23*
Stage Directions — Ethan Luk ’24*


Keys — Maddie Wu ’21*
— Ed Horan ’22*



Director — Peter Kim
Music Director/Arranger — Maddie Wu ’21*
Costume Designer — LCA Costume Shop
Stage Manager — Haley Zeng ’21*
Sound Engineer — Kay Richardson
A2 — Savannah Yost

*denotes a certificate student in the Program in Theater and/or Music Theater



Chair: Tracy K. Smith
Executive Director: Marion Friedman Young


Director, Producing Artistic Director, Theater And Music Theater Season: Jane Cox

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Producer: Darryl Waskow
Production Manager: Chloë Z. Brown
Production Stage Manager: Carmelita Becnel
Resident Musical Director/Composer: Vince di Mura
Assistant Stage Manager: Rob Del Colle
Costume Shop Manager: E. Keating Helfrich
Assistant Costume Shop Manager: Julia Kosanovich
Draper: Caitlin Brown
Technical Director: Timothy Godin
Assistant Technical Director: Jesse Froncek
Theater Technician: Torrey Drum
Lighting & Stage Supervisor: Matt Pilsner
Props Master: Allie Geiger Khanna
Scenic Artist: Melissa Riccobono
Master Carpenter: Michael A. Smola
Sound Supervisor: Kay Richardson
Director of Communications: Steve Runk
Multimedia Specialist: Zohar Lavi-Hasson
Visual Communications Specialist: Tracy Patterson
Web & Multimedia Strategist: Jonathan Sweeney
Communications Associate: Jaclyn Sweet
Communications Assistant: Hope VanCleaf



It has been a difficult year for all of us, to say the least. This show wasn’t originally going to happen, but in the midst of so much uncertainty and loss, we thought that there really is no better time to put on this performance — one that celebrates love and resilience during a time of immense hardship and loss. We are all so inspired by the characters in this show and we hope you fall in love with their stories as much as we did.

A few thanks — to our brilliant director Peter Kim for sharing your insightful direction and incredible creative vision. Thank you to our wonderful cast (and pit!) for sharing your time, enthusiasm, and talent with us. Thank you to Nathan Phan and his family for the dialect coaching you provided us on such short notice. To East West Theater, thank you for the amazing community that we hope only continues to grow.

To the LCA, thank you for the last four years of generous support and guidance. From our first ever shows to our last, thank you for pushing us to always be present in the process, to be engaged in not only our own artistic journeys but our collective journey as a theatre-making community. We have all grown tremendously as artists and as people, thanks to you.

We are so grateful that you are here to join us today in celebration of all the incredibly talented Asian artists on our campus and we hope that you enjoy watching this show as much as we loved rehearsing it!

— Haley, Jacy, Maddie, and Minjae


VIETGONE was originally commissioned and developed by South Coast Repertory as part of SCR CrossRoads, with funding from the Time Warner Foundation.

This play is a recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award.

VIETGONE received a world premiere co-production by South Coast Repertory (Marc Masterson, Artistic Director, Paula Tomei, Managing Director) and Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director, Barry Grove,Executive Producer) at South Coast Repertory on October 4, 2015, and at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Stage I Theatre on October 4, 2016.

“Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” by Patsy Bruce and Ed Bruce. Used by Permission of Sony/ATV Tree Publishing. All rights reserved.

VIETGONE was presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.


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