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.

  • A scene from the Alley Theatre's "Vietgone"; Danielle Georgiou Dance Group (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane and Kelli Howard)
    A scene from the Alley Theatre's "Vietgone"; Danielle Georgiou Dance Group (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane and Kelli Howard)
  • EDWARD CHIN-LYN AS QUANG, JON NORMAN SCHNEIDER AS PLAYWRIGHT AND KIM WONG AS TONG in the Alley Theatre's "Vietgone" (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
    EDWARD CHIN-LYN AS QUANG, JON NORMAN SCHNEIDER AS PLAYWRIGHT AND KIM WONG AS TONG in the Alley Theatre's "Vietgone" (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
  • Desdemona Chiang, stage director (Photo Credit: Steve Korn)
    Desdemona Chiang, stage director (Photo Credit: Steve Korn)
  • EDWARD CHIN-LYN AS QUANG AND VIET VO AS NHAN in the Alley Theatre's "Vietgone" (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
    EDWARD CHIN-LYN AS QUANG AND VIET VO AS NHAN in the Alley Theatre's "Vietgone" (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
  • KIM WONG AS TONG AND DESIRÉE MEE JUNG AS HUONG in the Alley Theatre's "Vietgone" (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
    KIM WONG AS TONG AND DESIRÉE MEE JUNG AS HUONG in the Alley Theatre's "Vietgone" (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
  • THE CAST OF VIETGONE AT THE ALLEY THEATRE (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
    THE CAST OF VIETGONE AT THE ALLEY THEATRE (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
  • THE CAST OF VIETGONE AT THE ALLEY THEATRE (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
    THE CAST OF VIETGONE AT THE ALLEY THEATRE (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
  • EDWARD CHIN-LYN AS QUANG AND KIM WONG AS TONG in the Alley Theatre's "Vietgone" (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
    EDWARD CHIN-LYN AS QUANG AND KIM WONG AS TONG in the Alley Theatre's "Vietgone" (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
  • Adam Castañeda, Houston Fringe Festival producer and director (Photo Credit: Lizzy Woodson)
    Adam Castañeda, Houston Fringe Festival producer and director (Photo Credit: Lizzy Woodson)
  • Danielle Georgiou, Colby Calhoun, William Acker and Sarah Rubio-Rogerson in "Run of Show" by Danielle Georgiou Dance (Photo Credit: Kelli Howard)
    Danielle Georgiou, Colby Calhoun, William Acker and Sarah Rubio-Rogerson in "Run of Show" by Danielle Georgiou Dance (Photo Credit: Kelli Howard)
  • Dark Circles Contemporary Dance (Photo Credit: Brian Guilliaux)
    Dark Circles Contemporary Dance (Photo Credit: Brian Guilliaux)
  • Group Acorde (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
    Group Acorde (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
  • Group Acorde (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
    Group Acorde (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
  • "Stormy - The Opera," featuring jhon r. stronks, Kay Adshead and Margot Stutts Toombs (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Houston Fringe Festival)
    "Stormy - The Opera," featuring jhon r. stronks, Kay Adshead and Margot Stutts Toombs (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Houston Fringe Festival)

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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

 

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Catherine Lu

Senior 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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