Unwrap Your Candies Now

Alley Theatre’s “Vietgone” Remixes History And Culture, Plus Houston Fringe Festival Puts Non-Traditional Performing Artists Centerstage

The director of “Vietgone” shares insights about the play and her own immigrant experience, and the Houston Fringe Festival showcases intimate, boundary-breaking works by independent artists.


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In this episode of the podcast "Unwrap Your Candies Now," Ernie Manouse chats with Desdemona Chiang, director of Vietgone at the Alley Theatre, from Oct. 4 – Nov. 3. A mix of rom-com, road trip, hip-hop and 70s pop culture, the play by Qui Nguyen is inspired by the story of how his own parents met and fell in love in 1975 in an Arkansas camp for Vietnamese refugees.

Then, Catherine Lu learns more about the 12th Annual Houston Fringe Festival from producer and director Adam Castañeda. From a world premiere rock opera and genre-blending contemporary dance to solo acts and "Anything Goes," the festival features local, regional and national performers. It runs from Oct. 24 – Nov. 10 at MATCH.

Share your comments, questions and ideas at UYCN@houstonpublicmedia.org.

Music used: Vietgone at Alley Theatre trailer


This article is part of the Unwrap Your Candies Now podcast

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Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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