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WATCH: A 'Poor Yella Rednecks' TDF Conversation

Date: Oct 27, 2023
Playwright Qui Nguyen and director May Adrales on their singular collaboration


It was not love at first collaboration when playwright Qui Nguyen and director May Adrales initially worked together in 2009. But a few years later, when they started on Vietgone, inspired by Nguyen's parents' love story, they realized opposites can enact some kick-ass theatre. That play's sequel Poor Yella Rednecks, currently at Manhattan Theatre Club, continues the tale of Quang and Tong as they chase the American dream in 1980s Arkansas. Like Vietgone, it's a tantalizing twist on the refugees' journey genre, full of sex, profanity, puppetry, kung fu and lots of heart. We brought Nguyen and Adrales—now great friends!—together for a delightfully unruly conversation about how they make each other better artists, the most hilarious audience reactions to their latest raucous production and the power of representation on stage. If you weren't able to tune in live you can watch a recording below. Captions are available.

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