'Vietgone' Tells Story Of Playwright's Parents Falling In Love At A Refugee Camp
In "Vietgone," playwright Qui Nguyen tells the story of how his parents fled Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War and fell in love at a refugee camp in Arkansas.
"For me it's really important to just remind folks that refugees just aren't numbers or a political pawn piece being moved around to win votes or lose votes or what have you. That they're people. People who have lost a country, people who are just trying to have a life and fall in love and have a family and have the same struggles as anyone on this planet," Nguyen said.
Pop culture plays a large role in "Vietgone." Nguyen said it's inclusion is a reflection of who he is as an artist and his reaction to being a teen in the 1980s and only seeing films that referenced Vietnam in a way that felt "foreign or dry" to him.
"When I sat down to write 'Vietgone' there was a part of me that just wanted to do something that was fun ... because it's a love story. It's not a story about the tragedies of war — it's about how you survive one," Nguyen said.
"Vietgone" opens at the San Diego Repertory Theatre's Lyceum Space on Thursday, Jan. 25. It runs through Feb. 18.