September 7 - October 7, 2012 | WORLD PREMIERE!
In the Allen Theatre
90 minutes, no intermission   

A beautiful and powerful story* about becoming a man and becoming American.

A Vietnamese boy journeys with his mother from the fall of Saigon to a Viet Cong re-education camp in the jungle, then to a refugee camp in Thailand, and, finally, to America. But in the New World he faces a turbulent passage to manhood shaped by his estranged father and by his own estrangement in the land of snow, hip-hop, urban gangs, and clashing cultures. A riveting immigrant drama that vividly depicts what it's like to become American while you're haunted by the ghosts of Viet Nam.

*Show contains adult language and themes.

Trieu Tran is a remarkably talented actor with a fast-rising career.  Trieu earned his Bachelor in Performing Arts from The American University. He has appeared in numerous theatrical productions through the years.  Notably, the role of Alan Strang in Equus (LADCC Nomination), the title role in Oedipus The King, The Legacy Codes (Dean Goodman Award) with TheatreWorks. Other favorites include: Rashomon, As You Like It, Richard III.  He is also a frequent participant at the Ojai Playwrights Conference. Film: How High, Hancock, Tropic Thunder. The soon to be release drama Trade of Innocents alongside Mira Sorvino and Dermot Mulroney. Trieu is recurring on the new Aaron Sorkin series The Newsroom for HBO.

Behind the Scenes: September 11, 6:00pm

Tastings:  September 21, 6:30pm

Post Play Discussions: September 18, 23, 30 

Audio Described Performance: October 6, 2:00pm


What the press is saying:

“Trieu Tran delivers a must see rite of theatre at act” –The SunBreak 

“One of the most harrowing autobiographies this critic has ever heard in a theater." –The Seattle Times

Tran's stellar performance is precise and emotive.” –Examiner

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Badass Known as Trieu Tran… A groundbreaking piece” –The Stranger

“He is the most resilient character in literature or theater since Oliver Twist – and Twist wasn’t a real human being.”  – 


What audiences are saying:

Patron Comments, Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam


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