Member of Ma-Yi Writers Lab Since 2004
Qui Nguyen is a playwright, screenwriter, and Co-Founder of the OBIE Award winning Vampire Cowboys. His stage plays include She Kills Monsters (The Flea); Krunk Fu Battle Battle (East West Players); Trial by Water (Ma-Yi); Bike Wreck (EST), Aliens versus Cheerleaders (Keen Teens); Soul Samurai; The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G (Ma-Yi & Vampire Cowboys); and the critically acclaimed Vampire Cowboys productions of Alice in Slasherland, Fight Girl Battle World, Men of Steel, and Living Dead in Denmark. His plays are published by Samuel French, Broadway Play Publishing, and Playscripts. Upcoming this season, his play Vietgone will be produced at South Coast Rep in October 2015 and at Oregon Shakespeare Festival beginning in March 2016.
He is a proud resident artist of New Dramatists, a core member of The Playwrights’ Center, an alumnus of Youngblood, and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and the mighty mighty Ma-Yi Writers Lab.
His company, Vampire Cowboys, often credited as the pioneers of “geek theatre”, is the only theatre organization to be officially sponsored by NY Comic Con.
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WAR IS F**KING AWESOME
Full-length Action Comedy, 3F 4M
A politically incorrect action-comedy following the adventures of Unity Spencer, a young colonial girl who has been imbued with Native American powers to defend the United States against all enemies. Used as America’s secret weapon, she finds herself fighting in every American conflict from the American Revolution to present day and onward.
Production/Development History: Workshopped at Ohio University in May 2012
SHE KILLS MONSTERS
Full-length Dungeons & Dragons Comedy, 6F 4M
Average Agnes is finally leaving her childhood home following the death of her little sister Tilly. However when she stumbles upon Tilly’s Dungeon & Dragons notebook, Agnes embarks on an action-packed adventure to discover more about her geeky sibling than she previously cared to know.
Production/Development History: Premiered at The Flea in October 2011
Press Quotes: “Deceptively breezy. Ingenious. Invigorating and remarkable. It will slash and shape-shift its way into your heart. A Critic’s Pick.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES
THE INEXPLICABLE REDEMPTION OF AGENT G
Full-length Meta-Comedy, 2F 3M
When playwright Qui Nguyen refuses to finish his “Gook Story Trilogy”, his main character kidnaps him and forces him to pen the story he’s been avoiding a decade to finish in this hysterical metatheatrical ride filled with racist puppets, ninjas, and one very angry David Henry Hwang.
Production/Development History: Premiered by Vampire Cowboys and Incubator Arts Project in March 2011. Premiered Off-Broadway by Ma-Yi Theater and Vampire Cowboys in February 2012.
Press Quotes: “An ambitious entertainment about modern identity. Complex. An impressive feat. A Critic’s Pick.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES
KRUNK FU BATTLE BATTLE
Full-length Hip-Hop Musical, 3F 7M
When young Norman Lee accidentally offends the most notorious b-boy in Brooklyn’s Chinatown, he finds himself in an all-out dance battle competition that will determine his destiny on the blacktop. Book by Qui Nguyen, Lyrics by Beau Sia, and Music by Marc Macalintal.
Production/Development History: Premiered by East West Players in May 2011.
Press Quotes: “High Energy Hip-Hop! Kinectic Eye Candy!” – LA TIMES
Full-length Action Comedy, 2F 3M
After avenging the death of her lover, a young samurai girl along with her faithful b-boy sidekick must now battle through a vampire-infested Brooklyn to make it back home to Manhattan.
Production/Development History: Premiered by Ma-Yi Theater and Vampire Cowboys in February 2009. MidWest Premiere by Infusion Theater of Chicago in April 2011.
Press Quotes: “Exhilarating. Side-splittingly funny and slyly intelligent.” – VILLAGE VOICE
ALICE IN SLASHERLAND
Full-length Horror Comedy, 3F 3M
When geeky Lewis Diaz accidentally resurrects the soul of a brutally slain girl named Alice, he unwittingly unleashes a literal hell on Earth. Now it’s up to him, his newly undead companion, and his friends which includes a trash-talking demonic teddy bear to save the world.
Production/Development History: Premiered by Vampire Cowboys in March 2010.
Press Quotes: “Easily the most fun you’ll have Off-Off Broadway. Theatrical Brilliance. A Critic’s Pick.” – TIMEOUT NEW YORK