Vietgone

by QUI NGUYEN 
original muisic by SHANE RETTIG
directed by MINA MORITA
Wurtele Thrust Stage

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.

Ticket prices

Tickets range from $20 to $80. 

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Venue info

Vietgone will take place on the Wurtele Thrust Stage.

Pro tip: Can't do stairs or have a special seating request? Call the Box Office for details. 

Content advisory

This production contains mature language and themes. See below or call the Box Office for more information.

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Health and safety

All audience members, regardless of age, must wear a mask that securely covers the nose and mouth (no bandanas, neck gaiters or face shields) when entering and inside the theater. Proof of vaccination is not required to see a performance at the Guthrie.

Relaxed performance

The Guthrie will offer a relaxed performance of Vietgone on Sunday, October 9 at 1 p.m. Although these performances are open to all patrons, they are intentionally modified to accommodate patrons with sensory and vestibular sensitivities, anxiety, dementia, autism spectrum disorders, learning differences or challenges attending the theater.

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Video

Tales from the script

Vietgone playwright Qui Nguyen reveals how some critical feedback from his mom helped shape his voice as a writer.

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