VIETGONE

By Qui Nguyen

Directed by Brian Balcom

Regional Premiere

An all-American love story about two very new Americans. It’s 1975. Saigon has fallen. He lost his wife. She lost her fiancé. But now in a new land, they just might find each other. Using his uniquely infectious style and skipping back and forth from the dramatic evacuation of Saigon to the here and now – playwright Qui Nguyen gets up-close-and-personal to tell the story that led to the creation of…Qui Nguyen.

WINNER! 2016 ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award

“CRITICS’ PICK! – A raucous comedy… Nguyen’s fresh voice rarely lets up as he thumbs his nose at our expectations.”
The New York Times

Run Time: 2 hours 15 minutes with one intermission
Age Recommendation and Advisory: 16+. Contains strong language, sexuality and adult situations.

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October 2 – November 3, 2019

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JEFF KIM (Quang) is thrilled to be making his St. Petersburg debut at American Stage Theatre!  Regionally, he has performed in GOD OF CARNAGE, IN GHOSTLY JAPAN (NY Time Out Magazine Critic’s Pick) and THE FIT (SF Playhouse). Recent film work includes “Men in Black International,” “After the Wedding,” and “Monsters and Men.”  Television credits include “New Amsterdam,” “Blue Bloods,” “Nurse Jackie,” “The Knick,” “Iron Fist,” “Quantico” and “The Following.” He is originally from Champaign, Illinois, graduated from the University of Chicago and currently spends time in both New York and Los Angeles. So thankful to be part of this amazing production!

JODI KIMURA* (Huong/Asian Girl/American Girl/Thu/Translator/Flower Girl) originally from Maui and now in LA, was Bloody Mary in the US Lincoln Center First National tour of SOUTH PACIFIC for which she earned a Helen Hayes nomination. She was also the only American in the UK tour. Regional favorites: Tetsuko Tanaka, et. al in IF ALL THE SKY WERE PAPER with Annette Benning (Kirk Douglas & Kennedy Center); Mrs. Kipfer in Tim Rice’s new musical FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (Ogunquit Playhouse) Rosie in MAMMA MIA (Sacramento Music Circus, Merry Go Round Playhouse); Woman 3 in WOMEN BEYOND BORDERS (Rubicon); Bloody Mary in SOUTH PACIFIC (Riverside, Maltz Jupiter, Gateway, Musical Theatre West, Rubicon, La Mirada [Ovation nomination]); Juno in ANOTHER SIDE OF THE ISLAND with Olympia Dukakis (Orlando Shakespeare, ATP)Love to Dustin and everyone at The Mine, her mom, family and Amber-Sky. Thanks to Stephanie, Brian, Jim and everyone at American Stage! Jodikimura.com

SAMI MA* (Tong) was most recently seen as Margot in LAZY EYE (Normal Ave Theater.) Other credits include Kendra/Jenna in GLORIA (Hatch Arts Collective and Theatreworks Colorado Springs); Grace in F.O.B. (The Drama League NYC); Callie in KPOP (ArsNova); and AFFLUENCE, SOUTH PACIFIC, and TAMING OF THE SHREW (Utah Shakespeare Festival). She plays Vee in the upcoming release of “All Hail Beth” coming to BricTV this fall. Special thanks to her parents, family, JHA and The Fam. Representation and visibility matters today and every day. @imsamima

KENNY TRAN (Nhan/Khue/American Guy/Asian Guy) is an NYC-based actor. Select regional credits include MEN WITH MONEY (Aurora Theatre); THE LITTLE MERMAID, ROBIN HOOD, and CABARET (Serenbe Playhouse); and LEGALLY BLONDE (Thingamajig Theatre Company). Off-Broadway credits include PINKALICIOUS (Vital Theatre Company). He also recently starred in a new short film titled “Isaac”. Kenny is a proud graduate of the B.F.A Music Theatre program at Illinois Wesleyan University. Thanks to the American Stage team and the St. Pete community for welcoming me to your home to tell this story. “Don’t stop ’til you’re on top!” @kennyctran / www.kennyctran.com

VI TRAN* (Bobby/Playwright/Giai/Captain Chambers/Redneck Biker/Hippie Dude; Dialect Coach & Cultural Consultant) is pleased to be making his regional debut at American Stage. He is the co-creator, with Ben Byard and Mackenzie Goodwin, of THE BUTCHER’S SON, his autobiographical Vietnamese American folk musical memoir, winner of Most Promising Musical and Best Leading Performer (Vi Tran) at the 2018 Chicago Musical Theatre Festival. Regional credits include Charlie in LUCY & CHARLIE’S HONEYMOON (Steppenwolf Theatre Lookout Series/Our Perspectives); Ensemble/Engineer u/s in MISS SAIGON (Paramount Theatre); Vi Nhan/Nghia in THE BUTCHER’S SON (Chicago Musical Theatre Festival); Song Liling in M BUTTERFLY (Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre); KING HENRY V (Heart of America Shakepeare Festival); TAKE ME OUT, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, THE OLDEST BOY, and Quang in VIETGONE (Unicorn Theatre). Vi holds an MA in directing from Kansas State University and is the Founding Owner and Managing Curator of The Buffalo Room performance event space in Kansas City, MO.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association | #Member of the United Scenic Artists union

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Spotlight Series: PROLOGUES

A performance primer! Join us 30 minutes before the performance and enrich your play-going experience with an engaging discussion that explores fascinating details about the play and the artists.

Free for ticket holders to the performance.

Spotlight Series: BEHIND-THE-SCENES*

September 22, 2019

Take a peek behind the curtain before the opening of each production with a presentation by Professor Emerita Dedee Aleccia. She provides insights into the history and central themes of the play, as well as a discussion with members of the creative team who provide an insider’s perspective on their process.

Pricing: $10 for General Public.
Free for American Stage Subscribers and Act 1 Club Members

Spotlight Series: CHATBACKS

October 10, 13, 20, & 27
Immediately following select performances, chat with the artists and other audience members while the experience of the play is fresh! Ask questions about the play, the characters, and the process, and respond to the story and ideas aroused by the production.

Free for ticket holders to the performance.