Seattle Rep’s VIETGONE: Beyond the Theatre

Seattle Repertory Theatre presents VIETGONE by Qui Nguyen from December 2, 2016 to January 1, 2017. Librarians at Seattle Public Library created this list of books, CDs and films to enhance your experience of the show: Seattle Rep’s VIETGONE: Beyond the Theatre.


A raucous rock-and-roll road trip across America in 1975 taken by two Vietnamese teens forms the basis of Vietgone, an unusual production playing at the Seattle Repertory Theatre by playwright Qui Nguyen based loosely on his parents experiences in America after fleeing Saigon.  Produced in partnership with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and performed in Ashland, Oregon for a several months long run, Seattle Rep ticket holders have an a one-month opportunity to see Vietgone in Seattle.

April 30, 1975 was the fall of Saigon; Last Days in Vietnam (DVD) depicts the evacuation of Vietnamese with close ties to Americans or the South Vietnamese government who feared reprisals and were transported by scheduled air flights and U.S. Navy ships to the Philippines and Guam, to be relocated in U. S. military bases.  A second wave of Vietnamese “boat people” from 1978 – 1980s risked death at sea and survivors were transported to refugee camps throughout Southeast Asia with the majority choosing the United States as their eventual home, and their stories are documented in Voices of Vietnamese Boat People: Nineteen Narratives of Escape and Survival. Washington state was one of the early states to accept not only Vietnamese but also Cambodian, and Laotian peoples.  We Should Never Meet by Aimee Phan is a collection of eight interlinked short stories following four orphans airlifted to the US as part of “Operation Babylift” shortly before the fall of Saigon.

For these and more suggestions see the booklist for Seattle Rep’s VIETGONE:  Beyond the Theatre. 

~ posted by Karen K.

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