Three years ago, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre made history when they presented their Vietnam Project, featuring the first professional production to be performed in Vietnamese on a New York stage. This spring, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre will continue their pioneering tradition of presenting bilingual productions with Vietnam Project II: Past and Present at the West End Theatre (263 W. 86th Street between Broadway & West End Avenue in the Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew, 2nd floor). The second edition series launches with its first of two plays from Vietnamese-American playwrights, WE ARE. Written and directed by Nguyen Thi Minh Ngoc, WE ARE is a bilingual production performed in Vietnamese and English, incorporating the traditions of Vietnam’s rich cultural past.Get more down at their site.
WE ARE plays March 28th – 26th. 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. WE ARE features Lê Khanh, Thái-Hòa Lê, Ngoc Dang, Leon Le, Nguyen thi Minh Ngọc, Chantal Thuy and Tienne Vu. The scenic design is by Kim Tran; costume design by Bao Tron Chi; and lighting design by Ji-youn Chang. The music by Trịnh Cong Son is performed by singer Kim Minh and guitarist Duc Tri. The translation is by Ian Bui.