Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Photos: Jennifer Ikeda, Raymond Lee, Jon Hoche, Samantha Quan, Paco Tolson in Qui Nguyen’s VIETGONE at MTC through Nov. 27

Vietgone, the new play by Qui Nguyen (She Kills Monsters), directed by May Adrales (Luce) is currently in previews in advance of a Tuesday, October 25 opening night at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street). Click here for tickets.

Photos by Carol Rosegg

Jon Hoche, Raymond Lee, Paco Tolson, Jennifer Ikeda and Samantha Quan. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Jon Hoche, Raymond Lee, Paco Tolson, Jennifer Ikeda and Samantha Quan. Photo: Carol Rosegg

The cast of Vietgone features Jon Hoche (national tour of War Horse, The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G), Jennifer Ikeda (Top Girls at MTC, Seascape), Raymond Lee (Farah Goes Bang, founding member of Four Clowns clown troupe), Samantha Quan (4 Wedding Planners, “NCIS”), and Paco Tolson (Peter and the Starcatcher at South Coast Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre member).

Raymond Lee and Jon Hoche. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Raymond Lee and Jon Hoche. Photo: Carol Rosegg

A modern twist on the All-American love story, Qui Nguyen’s (She Kills Monsters) new play Vietgone pulses with contemporary energy. It’s the classic story of boy meets girl – except this boy and girl are refugees from the Vietnam War newly settled in a relocation camp inside Middle America. Borrowing elements from the world of up-to-the-minute popular culture to recreate the playwright’s own parents’ meeting, Vietgone ranges from hilarity to heart-wrenching drama. Nguyen and director May Adrales (Luce at LCT3) skip through time and around the globe to present a fresh theatrical take on a moving account of one real family’s history.

The creative team for Vietgone features Tim Mackabee (scenic design), Anthony Tran (costume design), Justin Townsend (lighting design), Shane Rettig (original music and sound design), and Jared Mezzocchi (projection design).

Raymond Lee and Jon Hoche. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Raymond Lee and Jon Hoche. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Jennifer Ikeda and Raymond Lee. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Jennifer Ikeda and Raymond Lee. Photo: Carol Rosegg

 Jennifer Ikeda, Samantha Quan and Raymond Lee. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Jennifer Ikeda, Samantha Quan and Raymond Lee. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Jon Hoche, Samantha Quant, Paco Tolson and Raymond Lee. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Jon Hoche, Samantha Quant, Paco Tolson and Raymond Lee. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Samantha Quan and Jennifer Ikeda. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Samantha Quan and Jennifer Ikeda. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Jon Hoche, Raymond Lee and Jennifer Ikeda. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Jon Hoche, Raymond Lee and Jennifer Ikeda. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Raymond Lee, Paco Tolson and Jennifer Ikeda. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Raymond Lee, Paco Tolson and Jennifer Ikeda. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Jennifer Ikeda. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Jennifer Ikeda. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Raymond Lee. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Raymond Lee. Photo: Carol Rosegg

The full company of Vietgone: Jon Hoche, Raymond Lee, Paco Tolson, Jennifer Ikeda and Samantha Quan. Photo: Carol Rosegg

The full company of Vietgone: Jon Hoche, Raymond Lee, Paco Tolson, Jennifer Ikeda and Samantha Quan. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Paco Tolson and Jennifer Ikeda. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Paco Tolson and Jennifer Ikeda. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Timeout: Theater review: Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone is sexy, sassy, two-fisted fun 

Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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