Member of Ma-Yi Writers Lab Since 2010
Don Nguyen: Full length plays include: RED FLAMBOYANT (World Premiere – Firebone Theatre Company 2015, 2015 GAP Prize Winner, Ojai Playwrights Conference, O’Neill finalist), SOUND (Azeotrope/ACT, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Playwrights Realm Fellowship, Princess Grace Award finalist), THE COMMENCEMENT OF WILLIAM TAN (Yale Cabaret), THE MAN FROM SAIGON (developed at A.C.T SF, Naked Angels, NYSAF), THE SUPREME LEADER (developed at Roundabout, Labyrinth Theatre, and Ma-Yi) and HELLO, FROM THE CHILDREN OF PLANET EARTH (developed at Ma-Yi, The Playwrights Realm). Don’s work has been developed or produced at The Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, Labyrinth Theatre, The Flea, Ojai Playwrights Conference, New York Stage & Film, Naked Angels, Naked Radio, The Civilians, Ma-Yi Theatre, The Playwrights Realm, The Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Joe’s Pub, The 52nd Street Project, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and Tofte Lake. Don is the recipient of the 2015 GAP Prize from the Aurora Theatre and New York Stage & Film Founder’s award and has been a finalist for The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, The Princess Grace Award, Woodward International Playwriting Prize, and New Dramatists. Nominations include: the Laurents/Hatcher award and the L. Arnold Weissberger Award. Don is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, the Public Theater’s inaugural Emerging Writers Group, The Civilians inaugural R&D Group, the 52nd Street Project, and a co-founder of Mission to (dit)Mars, a Queens based theatre arts collective. For more information, please visit: thenuge.com
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THE SUPREME LEADER
Full-length Drama, 1W 3M
THE SUPREME LEADER is a coming of age story centered on Kim Jong-Un’s early days at an international school in Switzerland. While in school, North Korea’s heir apparent learns how to become a dictator by spying on his classmate Sophie under the guise of friendship. To his dismay, the more he spies on her, the more he discovers the genuine friendship they share together. This ninety minute political comedy compares Eastern and Western cultures through the snow globe lens of neutral Switzerland and explores the folly of two clashing cultures as Kim Jong-Un learns what it takes to become the next Supreme Leader of North Korea.
Production/Development History: Roundabout Underground Reading Series 2017, Labyrinth Up Next Reading Series 2016, Ma-Yi Winter Labfest 2014
Full-length Drama, 4W 1M
Mrs. Hue lives in present day Viet Nam with a small group of women who all suffer from a mysterious health condition. It affects their minds, their emotions and their dreams. Bricks smash the windows of her small house. The locals fear they will be infected by this mystery condition. Mrs Hue is forced to seek help from a stubborn government official to protect and support her group. Unlikely heroes emerge both in this world and the next as these poor women reach new heights of courage.
Production/Development History:Ojai Playwrights Conference – 2011Reading – Ma-Yi Labfest – 2011Reading – Shakespeare on the Sound – 2010Reading – Emerging Writers Spotlight Series – Public Theater – 2009
THE MAN FROM SAIGON
Full-length Drama, 4M 1W
Based on the true story of the playwright’s father, The Man From Saigon is a political thriller which follows a South Vietnamese Naval officer who returns home to Vietnam fifteen years after the war in an attempt to rescue his brother from a North Vietnamese re-education camp.
Production/Development History: 1st Mondays Reading Series – Naked Angels, SPACE Ryder Farms 2012, A.C.T. New Strands Festival 2017
THE COMMENCEMENT OF WILLIAM TAN
Full-length Comedy/Drama, 2M 2W
William, a well-liked student athlete at Lincoln High School and who happens to be Asian, plans to cruise through his senior year at what’s considered the most diverse high school in Nebraska until racial tensions arise between some of William’s friends, who are on the football team and a gang of FOB Asian kids. These turn of events forces William to come to terms with his thoughts on race, and how he identifies, or doesn’t identify with his own ethnicity as the entire school, including the staff turns to William to make peace between the two groups.
Production/Development History: Yale Cabaret, 2G Jumpstart Commission Reading 2012, New York Stage and Film Reading 2012