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Pan Asian Repertory Celebrates Vietnamese Tradition and Artistry with Two Plays


Pan Asian Repertory Theatre presents bilingual productions. Photo courtesy of Pan Asian.

March 1, 2011 - This spring, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre continues its tradition of presenting bilingual productions with Vietnam Project II: Past and Present at the West End Theatre. The series will offer two productions from Vietnamese-American playwrights: We Are written and directed by Nguyen Thi Minh Ngoc, a bilingual production, performed in Vietnamese and English, incorporating the traditions of Vietnam’s rich cultural past; and Monster, an English language, modern-day detective drama, by Derek Nguyen and directed by Kaipo Schwab.

We Are plays March 18-26. Featuring an international cast from Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and North America, We Are fuses Vietnamese legend and traditional theatrical techniques such as Cai Luong (southern style of opera) and movement. We Are introduces five powerful female characters in five chapters that explore the historical legacy of Vietnamese women who marry or work abroad.

Monster runs March 30-April 17. Set in the California desert suburb of Sun Valley, a detective investigates the disappearance of a Vietnamese high school student following a brutal hate crime—but as the case unfolds, he discovers that nobody is completely innocent.

Pan Asian Rep’s Vietnam Project II: Past and Present runs at the West End Theatre, 263 W. 86th Street between Broadway & West End Avenue. For ticket information, visit PanAsianRep.org.
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