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Capital Stage Presents Sacramento Premiere
VIETGONE by Qui Nguyen
Directed by Jeffrey Lo
Sacramento, CA - March 15, 2019 - UPDATE: Due to popular demand, Capital Stage adds 3 ADDED PERFORMANCES to the schedule for VIETGONE. Those added performances will be on Sunday, March 24 at 7:00 pm, Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00 pm, and Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available now.

Sacramento, CA – February 17, 2019 - Capital Stage presents the Sacramento Premiere of Vietgone by Qui Nguyen . This award winning, critically acclaimed comedy makes huge strides in moving beyond political correctness through a love story for generations to come. Vietgone will be directed by Jeffrey Lo, a director and playwright from the Bay Area, which marks his Capital Stage debut. Performances will run from March 13th through April 14th, 2019 with a Press Opening on Saturday March 16th, 2019, at 8 pm. 
THE PLAY
2016 Steinberg Award Winner
2016 Tedd Schmitt Award Winner

An all-American love story about two very new Americans. It’s 1975. Saigon has fallen. He lost his wife. She lost her fiancé. But now in a new land, they just might find each other. Using his uniquely infectious style The New York Times calls “culturally savvy comedy” – and skipping back and forth from the dramatic evacuation of Saigon to the here and now – playwright Qui Nguyen gets up-close-and-personal to tell the story that led to the creation of…Qui Nguyen.

CRITICS PICK! A raucous, immensely moving comedy with jazzy comic performances from an excellent cast. Qui Nguyen is clearly a playwright with an inventive mind.”  The New York Times

“A wildly fun, imaginative production, wonderfully staged and hilarious!” 
THE PLAYWRIGHT
Qui Nguyen is a playwright, TV/Film writer, and Co-Founder of the OBIE Award-winning Vampire Cowboys of NYC. His work, known for its innovative use of pop-culture, stage violence, puppetry, and multimedia, has been lauded as "Culturally Savvy Comedy" by The New York Times, "Tour de Force Theatre" by Time Out New York, and “Infectious Fun” by Variety

Scripts include Vietgone (2016 Steinberg Award, 2016 LADCC Ted Schmidt New Play Award, 2016 Kennedy Prize Finalist); She Kills Monsters (2013 AATE Distinguished Play Award, 2012 GLAAD Media Award nom); War is F**king Awesome (Frederick Loewe Award); Soul Samurai (2009 GLAAD Media Award nom); Begets: Fall of a High School Ronin; Krunk Fu Battle Battle; Bike Wreck; Aliens vs Cheerleaders; and the critically acclaimed Vampire Cowboys productions of The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G, Six Rounds of Vengeance, Alice in Slasherland, Fight Girl Battle World, Men of Steel, and Living Dead in Denmark. quinguyen.com
'Vietgone': A Sex Comedy About Mom, Dad And Refugee Camps
Playwright Qui Nguyen usually describes his show, Vietgone, as a "sex comedy" about his parents. He also acknowledges that that's a strange thing to do.

Heard on NPR's Morning Edition
Qui Nguyen Keeps It in the Family With ‘Vietgone’
The playwright talks with his director about his personal inspirations for the play.

American Theatre Magazine
THE DIRECTOR
Jeffrey Lo is a Filipino-American playwright and director based in the Bay Area. He is the recipient of the 2014 Leigh Weimers Emerging Arist Award, the 2012 Emerging Artist Laureate by Arts Council Silicon Valley and Theatre Bay Area Director's TITAN Award. His plays have been produced and workshopped at The BindleStiff Studio, City Lights Theatre Company and Custom Made Theatre Company. His play Writing Fragments Home was a finalist for the Bay Area Playwright's Conference and a semi-finalist for the O'Neill Playwright's Conference. Recent directing credits include The Santaland Diaries at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Peter and the Starcatcher at Hillbarn Theatre, The Crucible, Yellow Face and Dead Man's Cell Phone at Los Altos Stage Company, Uncle Vanya at the Pear Theatre (BATCC award for Best Production) Eurydice at Palo Alto Players (TBA Awards finalist for Best Direction) and The Drunken City at Renegade Theatre Experiment. Jeffrey has also worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, San Jose Repertory and is a company member of Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company and SF Playground. He is the Casting Director at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, a graduate of the Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute and a proud alumnus of the UC Irvine Drama Department. www.jeffreywritesaplay.com
THE CAST
Rinabeth Apostol*
Jomar Tagatac*
David Crane*
Anthony Chan*
Michelle Talgarow*
*Member Actors' Equity Association
THE PRODUCTION
Vietgone  will be directed by Jeffrey Lo (Capital Stage debut) and will feature Rinabeth Apostal (Capital Stage debut), Anthony Chan (Capital Stage debut), David Crane (Capital Stage debut), Jomar Tagatac (Capital Stage debut), and Michelle Talgarow (Capital Stage debut). The production design team will include Timothy McNamara (Scenic design), Leah Farrelly (Lighting design), Ben Doehr (Projections Designer), Dan Lydersen (Animations Designer), Gail Russell (Costume design), Ed Lee (Sound design), Christa Kinch (Properties design), and Macy Martinez (Scenic Charge Artist).

Performances for Vietgone will begin with three previews on Wednesday, March 13 & Thursday, March 14 at 7:00 pm, and Friday, March 15 at 8:00 pm. The production will open Saturday, March 16 at 8:00 pm. Performances will continue through Sunday, April 14, 2019. Showtimes will be Wednesdays at 7:00 pm, Thursdays at 7:00 pm, Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Regular ticket prices range from $22-47. Discount tickets are available as follows: Student Rush tickets are half priced with valid student ID within 1 hour of performance; Senior tickets are $5 off regular priced tickets; Military personnel tickets are $10 off regular priced tickets with valid ID; and Group Rate tickets are $5 off each for parties of 12 or more. Tickets are currently available at the Capital Stage Box Office, by phone at 916-995-5464, or online at capstage.org.
FACT SHEET
WHAT: Capital Stage presents Vietgone by Qui Nguyen, Directed by Jeffrey Lo

WHERE: Capital Stage, 2215 J Street, Sacramento CA 95816

WHEN: March 13 - April 14, 2019

UPDATE: ADDED PERFORMANCES
Sunday, March 24 at 7:00 pm, $35-40 tickets
Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00 pm, $30-35 tickets
Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00 pm, $30-35 tickets

Preview Nights:
March 13 & 14 at 7:00 pm, and March 15 at 8:00 pm, $22 tickets
Opening Night:
Saturday, March 16 at 8:00 pm, $42-47 tickets
Regular Performance Times:
Wednesdays at 7:00 pm, $30-35 tickets
Thursdays at 7:00 pm, $35-40 tickets
Fridays at 8:00 pm, $35-40 tickets
Saturdays at 2:00 pm, $33-38 tickets
Saturdays at 8:00 pm, $37-42 tickets
Sundays at 2:00 pm, $35-40 tickets

BOX OFFICE:
Phone: 916-995-5464
Online: capstage.org
Location: 2215 J Street

WHO:
Playwright: Qui Nguyen
Director: Jeffrey Lo
Cast: Rinabeth Apostol*, Anthony Chan*, David Crane*,
Jomar Tagatac*, Michelle Talgarow*
Scenic Design: Timothy McNamara
Lighting Design: Leah Farrelly
Projections Design: Ben Doehr
Animations Design: Dan Lydersen
Costume Design: Gail Russell
Sound Design: Ed Lee
Properties Design: Christa Kinch
Scenic Charge Artist: Macy Martinez
Stage Manager: Melissa Jernigan*

*Member Actors' Equity Association
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