Vietgone Sacramento Showing

A Special Benefit Presentation:

Vietgone, by Qui Nguyen


Sunday evening, March 31, 2019

Capital Stage, 2215 J Street, Sacramento

6:00 pm Wine & Appetizers, 7:00 pm Curtain, 9:15 pm Chat with Artists

This performance benefits the Foundation's scholarship and educational programs.

Young Vietnamese immigrants leave their war-torn country,  and launch an
action-packed road trip  that shifts gears between hilarity and heart-wrenching drama.
Directed by Jeffrey Lo
Featuring Rinabeth Apostol, Anthony Chan, David Crane, Jomar Tagatac, Michelle Talgarow

Vietgone - Critical Acclaim

“A raucous, immensely moving comedy with jazzy comic performances . . . Qui Nguyen is clearly a playwright with an inventive mind.” - The New York Times

"Vietgone" uses its "dialogue to challenge the model minority mythos in which Asians and Asian Americans have been stereotyped as deferent, formal speakers" and to navigate complexities of "intercultural communication." - diaCRITICS

“. . . A wave of profane irreverence, sprawling storytelling, spiky humor, bald stereotypes and in the end a searing personal testament that honors the people on whose soil the war was fought." - The Los Angeles Times

2016 Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Award • 2016 Tedd Schmitt Award

About "ABAS Law Foundation Presents..."

The year 2019 brings the third ABAS Law Foundation Speaker Series. The 2019 Series begins with a February 12 panel discussion, "Local Advocates Confront the Immigration Policy Crisis." Next is a March 31 performance of playwright Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone, a story of love between Vietnamese immigrants taking to the road in a quest for refuge from destroyed lives in their war-torn native country. May 18 brings a joint film program with the Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival. On August 10 and 11 the Foundation presents a concert reading of playwright Jeanne Sakata’s acclaimed one-man play, Hold These Truths, the recipient of three Theatre Bay Area Awards, an “epic love story between one man and the U.S. Constitution” reenacting Gordon Hirabayashi’s challenges to governmental injustices in WWII.

The first two Speaker Series years brought A Conversation on Civics with Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye; Empowering the Community and Educating the Public through Law with Dale Minami; the Sacramento premiere of Konrad Aderer's documentary Resistance at Tule Lake; Bystander Intervention Training with the Council on American Islamic Relations; a panel on Bail Reform in California; and a screening of Sold, a human trafficking story, with a panel discussion on human trafficking. The Foundation screened the Sacramento premiere of Abby Ginzberg's documentary And Then They Came for Us, attended by 800, with a distinguished discussion panel and a social action networking session to encourage further organizing.

The Speaker Series is part of the Foundation’s two decades of law-related educational and charitable works in greater Sacramento's Asian/Pacific community. Each year, the Foundation awards scholarships to encourage community-conscious activist future lawyers. The Foundation has supported activities such as the Hmong Mediation Project and the CAIR immigration legal clinic; has produced numerous law-related workshops and programs; and has administered a federal research grant on World War II's notorious Tule Lake concentration camp.

Admissions and sponsorships:
Sponsors get premium seating;
tickets are will-call at the door

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ABAS Law Foundation, 555 University Ave., Ste. 235, Sacramento, CA 95825

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Series Producers

Clement J. Kong, Korshak, Kracoff, Kong & Sugano, L.L.P.
Kathryn E. Doi

Series Directors

Jeri Paik, Law Offices of Jerilyn Paik
Yoshinori H. T. Himel

Event Supporters

Michael and Helen Iwahiro
Jeannie Lee Jones
Henry and Michele Nanjo
Michael A. Terhorst, President, La Raza Law Foundation
Kara K. Ueda
Darrel "H" Woo

Special Thanks to Wine Sponsors

Marrianne McBride
Michael A. Terhorst

Special Thanks to Student Ticket Sponsors

Michael A. Terhorst
Christopher S. Alvarez
Jinnifer Pitcher


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