City Lights Theater Company
529 South Second St., San Jose, CA 95112
It's 1975, Saigon has fallen, and Quang and Tong should be grateful they've made it to the United States. But he lost his wife and she lost her brother. And Arkansas is way too weird. In this irreverent comedy told in Qui Nguyen's audacious style, these two Vietnamese refugees try to find their way home, wherever that is.
No other playwright but Qui Nguyen could so smoothly mash up hip-hop, the '70s, cheeseburgers, an epic road trip, and the story of two Vietnamese refugees.
TheatreWorks, Silicon Valley
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
500 Castro Street (at Mercy) Mountain View, CA 94041
Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner August Wilson’s American Century Cycle begins with this inspirational tale of transformation. Slavery is a living memory in 1904 when Citizen Barlow, a young man desperate for redemption and wracked with guilt, arrives at Aunt Ester’s doorstep. A 285-year-old prophet and renowned “washer of souls,” Aunt Ester sends him on a mystical journey of justice and freedom that is as urgent and as expansive as the soul of America. A close friend of Wilson and long-time interpreter of his work, Artistic Director Tim Bond brings spiritual music and vibrant theatricality to the TheatreWorks stage.