Vietgone Poster


By Qui Nguyen
Directed by Robert Ross Parker

In association with fu-GEN Theatre and Hope and Hell Theatre Co.

October 31 - November 17
Preview: October 31

Tom Hendry Warehouse

"...thoughtful, lively and fresh..." – CBC Manitoba

Qui Nguyen uses everything from hip hop to kung fu to tell his parents' love story. Quang is a pilot who saved lives during the fall of Saigon but had to leave his family behind. Sexy and strong, Tong is excited to start over but finds America isn’t as advertised. Nguyen smashes stereotypes as he shares the pain and triumph of two passionate warriors.

Running time: Approx. 2 hour, 15 minutes (including intermission)
Warnings: Theatrical haze, herbal cigarettes/incense, flashing lights, strong language, mature content

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Playwright / Giai / Bobby / Captain Chambers / Redneck Biker / Hippie Dude Peter Fernandes

Peter Fernandes

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, Twelfth Night, Love and Information (CS); Jerusalem (Outside The March/Company Theatre); A Charlie Brown Double Bill, The Last Tree of Rapa Nui (MTYP); Onegin (Musical Stage Company/NAC); Peter and the Starcatcher (Citadel); Passing Strange (Obsidian/Musical Stage Company); Alligator Pie, Father Comes Home From the Wars, The Just, Incident at Vichy, Marat/Sade, The Dybbuk, Spoon River, Tartuffe, Idiot’s Delight, The Crucible (Soulpepper); Evil Dead (Ground Zero, Hit & Myth); Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing (Freewill).

TRAINING Soulpepper Academy, University of Alberta (BFA Acting).

Quang Simu Liu

Simu Liu

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Banana Boys (Factory); About Allegra (Toronto Fringe).

TV Kim's Convenience (CBC); Taken (NBC); Blood and Water (OMNI); The Expanse (Syfy); Slasher (Netflix); Bad Blood (CityTV); and more.

ET CETERA ACTRA Award Nominee (2018) and Winner (2017), CSA Nominee (2017), Dora Award Nominee (2016) and MyTheatre Award Winner (2016).
For all the dreamers who came from afar in search of a better life; you are home.

Tong Stephanie Sy

Stephanie Sy

ROYAL MTC The Penelopiad, Romeo and Juliet.

OTHER THEATRE Prairie Nurse (PTE); Beauty and the Beast, Footloose (Rainbow); A Chorus Line (WSO/Rainbow); Tribes (WJT); The Little Mermaid (Globe Theatre); American Idiot (WST); Prom Queen (Segal); A Little Night Music, Little Women (Dry Cold); Yorkville - the Musical (Blyth); Velocity, A History of Breathing (SATAward nominee) (Persephone); James and the Giant Peach (MTYP); Queen’s We Will Rock You (First National Tour). Upcoming: Chicago (Pizza Party Productions); Next to Normal (Mirvish).

FILM/TV Nikola Tesla and the End of the World – Season 2 (Web Series); The Grudge Reboot (Sony Pictures Entertainment); Breakthrough (FOX 2000 Pictures); Smokey Mountain Christmas, Washed Away, Perfect Match (LifeTime); Colour of Scar Tissue (APTN Web Series); An American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky (Universal Studios); Channel Zero (NBC/Universal); Todd and the Book of Pure Evil (Space Channel).

TRAINING University of Winnipeg – Honours Program. 

ET CETERA For my family and for my Matt.

Huong Jennifer Villaverde

Jennifer Villaverde

ROYAL MTC Top Girls, My Fair Lady, Evita.

OTHER THEATRE Music Music Life Death Music (One Little Goat); Animal Farm, Alligator Pie, As You Like It, The Time of Your Life, Three Sisters, Our Town, The Threepenny Opera (Soulpepper); James and the Giant Peach, Hana’s Suitcase (Dora nomination for Best Ensemble), Seussical, A Year With Frog and Toad (Dora award for Best Musical), Blue Planet (YPT); A Year With Frog and Toad, Mirror Game, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Romeo and Juliet, The Secret Garden (MTYP); The Importance of Being Earnest, Godspell (PTE); West Side Story, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, Damn Yankees (Rainbow).

ET CETERA Many thanks to Mike, Caitlin, my parents and Newton Landry for their tremendous support!

Nhan Jeff Yung

Jeff Yung

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Portia's Julius Caesar (Shakespeare in the Ruff); Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night, King John, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare BASH'd); Coriolanus (Skipping Stones); Banana Boys (Factory/fu-GEN); Sex Tape Project (fu-GEN); Comfort (Red Snow Collective); Monday Nights (6th Man Collective); The Forbidden Phoenix (MTYP/YPT); Picture This (Soulpepper).

TV Private Eyes, Mayday, How To Buy A Baby, Fare Trade, Nikita, Orphan Black, Flashpoint.

TRAINING Graduate of Ryerson Theatre School.

ET CETERA I connect profoundly to Qui's play, though I acknowledge, I'm not Vietnamese. I feel deeply privileged and immensely grateful to have a part in telling this story. If this is your story, I thank you for the space to tell it and hope we have honoured it. Thank you for coming.


Artistic Team

Playwright Qui Nguyen

Qui Nguyen

Qui Nguyen is a playwright, screenwriter, and co-founder of the OBIE Award-winning Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company of NYC. His plays include Vietgone (2016 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, 2016 LADCC Tim Schmitt Award, 2016 Edward M. Kennedy Prize finalist); War is F**king Awesome (Frederick Loewe Award); She Kills Monsters (2014 AATE Distinguished Play Award, 2012 GLAAD Media Award nom); Soul Samurai (2009 GLAAD Media Award nom), and the critically acclaimed Vampire Cowboys shows: The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G, Alice in Slasherland, Fight Girl Battle World, Men of Steel, Six Rounds of Vengeance and Living Dead in Denmark. Recent awards include a 2016 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Preschool Animated Program (Peg+Cat) and a 2015 New York Community Trust Helen Merrill Playwriting Award. He is a proud member of the WGA, The Dramatists Guild, The Playwrights Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Ma-Yi Writers Lab. He’s an alumnus of New Dramatists and Youngblood. For television, he's written for PBS’s Peg+Cat and Syfy’s Incorporated. Currently, he’s a screenwriter for Marvel Studios.

Director Robert Ross Parker

Robert Ross Parker

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Directing: Vampire Cowboy Trilogy, A Beginner’s Guide to Deicide, Living Dead in Denmark, Men of Steel, Fight Girl/Battle World, Soul Samurai, Alice in Slasherland, The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G, Geek and Six Rounds of Vengeance (Vampire Cowboys); Disgraced (Mirvish/Hope and Hell/Citadel); Fast Company (Ensemble Studio Theatre); How to be a New Yorker (CRC Productions); Branched (InViolet); She Kills Monsters (The Flea); Goodbye Cruel World (Roundtable Ensemble); Hamlet (solo) (Hope and Hell). Acting: Constellations (Hangar); Light, a Dark Comedy (Paper Canoe); Frankenstein (Soho Rep/the Flying Machine); Alice (the Flying Machine).

TRAINING BFA Concordia, MFA Ohio University.

ET CETERA Robert is a New York based Canadian theatre artist. He is the co-founder of the Obie winning Vampire Cowboys Theatre and a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Currently he is the Artistic Producer of Keen Teens. From 2007-2011 he was the editor of The Dramatist, the Journal of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Choreographer Wayne Santos

Wayne Santos

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

ET CETERA Wayne has been a choreographer in the dance industry for nearly 15 years. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Wayne has spent much of his life training in hip hop and urban dance styles. He is the founder and former director of Sikat Dance Company who have won multiple competitions locally and abroad. Wayne has also choreographed for Team Canada, leading competitive groups in both Austria and Taiwan. Known for his intricate detail and storytelling through his unique movement, Wayne brings his original choreography style to theatre for the first time in Vietgone.


Set & Costume Designer Joanna Yu

Joanna Yu

ROYAL MTC First engagement. 

OTHER THEATRE Selected credits: Breathing Hole, The Comedy of Errors, The Komagata Maru Incident, The Aeneid (Stratford); Shakespeare in Love (Neptune); Butcher (Mirvish/Why Not Theatre/The Theatre Centre); The Drawer Boy (TPM); Beauty and the Beast, James and the Giant Peach (YPT); Bearing (Luminato/Signal); Acquiesce (Factory/fu-GEN); Trace, The Unplugging (Factory); Freedom Singer (Project: Humanity); Passing Strange (Musical Stage Co/Obsidian); Millennial Malcontent, The Circle (Tarragon); Body Politic (Buddies/Lemon Tree); The Wilberforce Hotel (Blyth); Intimate Apparel (Grand); John and Waleed (Cahoots).

TRAINING Graduate of York University, Theatre Production programme and member of ADC.

ET CETERA Joanna is the 2017 recipient of the Pauline McGibbon Award.

Lighting Designer / Video Designer Hugh Conacher

Hugh Conacher

ROYAL MTC Heisenberg, The Humans, Outside Mullingar, Kill Me Now (with NAC), Hand to God, Million Dollar Quartet, My Name is Asher Lev (with Segal), Things We Do For Love, Seminar (with Mirvish), The Woman in Black, Cabaret (2015), The Glass Menagerie (2014, 1989/90), Venus in Fur, The Penelopiad, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, After Miss Julie, Macbeth (with English Suitcase Theatre Company), Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Beautiful Lake Winnipeg, A Walk in the Woods, Frankenstein: Playing with Fire.

OTHER THEATRE Hugh has collaborated with choreographers, visual artists and dance and theatre companies worldwide for over 35 years. In Winnipeg, his work has been seen with Canada’s RWB, QDance, Gearshifting Performance Works, PTE, TPM and MTYP, to name a few.

ET CETERA Hugh enjoys working beyond the constraints of traditional lighting design using various forms of interactive media, video and photography. His photographic work resides in private collections and has been published worldwide. Hugh is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada and L’Association des professionnels des arts de la scène du Québec

Sound Designer / Composer Alex Punzalan

Alex Punzalan

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Third World, High Blood (SummerWorks); Casa Loma Escape Games; Durango (Theatre Smash/fu-GEN); Sex Tape Projects (fu-GEN); Bone Cage (Hart House); In the Shadows of Elephants (Carlos Bulosan Theatre); Every Letter Counts, The Unplugging (Factory).

FILM/TV Animal Kingdom (HBO); True North (Red Bull/NFB); Tattoo Age (Vice); CSI: NY (CBS). Video games: SSX, Fight Night (EA Sports); NHL 2K11 (2K Sports).

ET CETERA Alexander is part of a band called DATU and released an album called High Blood mixing gongs and electronic with stories of Filipino folklore. He is also producing for artists such as Han Han, Dylan Sinclair and Just John.

Fight Director Jacqueline Loewen

Jacqueline Loewen

ROYAL MTC Fight Director: Black Coffee, Hand to God, 23.5 Hours, Unnecessary Farce, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, Private Lives, A Christmas Story, Gone With the Wind, August: Osage County, Romeo and Juliet, The Seafarer. Actor: Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Top Girls. Assistant Director: Other People’s Money.

OTHER THEATRE Selected fight directing: Macbeth (Bard on the Beach); Indigenous Playwrights New Works Workshop (Playwrights Theatre Centre – Vancouver); Beauty and the Beast (Rainbow); The Flood Thereafter (CS); Don Giovanni (Manitoba Opera); Macbeth, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Taming of the Shrew (SIR); Prairie Nurse (PTE).

TEACHING Jacqueline has taught at University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba, Trinity Western University and Simon Frasier University.

ET CETERA Jacqueline is very pleased to be working with both Royal MTC and such fine performers.

Assistant to the Director Loc Lu

Loc Lu

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

ET CETERA Loc is a Vietnamese Canadian theatre performer, instructor and administrator. He is very grateful to be working with such a wonderful and diverse group of artists in Vietgone.

Stage Manager Michael Duggan

Michael Duggan

ROYAL MTC Stage Manager: Hand to God. Assistant Stage Manager: A Christmas Carol, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (with Citadel), Chimerica, Clever Little Lies, The Glass Menagerie, Other People’s Money. Apprentice Stage Manager: Mrs. Warren’s Profession, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, The Shunning, Brief Encounter, The Seafarer, Steel Magnolias. Props: Gone With the Wind.

OTHER THEATRE Mary's Wedding (TPM); Mamma Mia! (Rainbow); Fly Me to the Moon, The Birds and the Bees (PTE); Am I Not King? The Last Concert of Richard II (zone41); Timon of Athens, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III (SIR).

TRAINING B.A. (Hons) in Theatre Production and Stage Management at the University of Winnipeg.

ET CETERA Enjoy the show!

Apprentice Stage Manager Zahra Larche

Zahra Larche

ROYAL MTC Apprentice Stage Manager of The Humans. Assistant Production Manager (2017/18 season).

OTHER THEATRE Stage Manager: Ed & Ed – Trapped!, Outside Mullingar, Neddy Norris Night, Fly Me to the Moon, Newfoundland Vinyl and The Out Vigil (Gros Morne Theatre Festival); Shape of a Girl (Cart Before the Horse). Apprentice Stage Manager: The Halloween Tree (Geordie Productions); The Amazing Adventures of Pericles, Prince of Tyre (A Company of Fools).

TRAINING Graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada Production Program (2017).

ET CETERA A very special thanks to my Royal MTC family, my parents, my family and friends from Gatineau to Tasmania, Ilana Modulevsky, Brian Britton and my graduating class at NTS