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Nicky Schmidlein, Jon Hoche, and Sheldon Best in "Six Rounds of Vengeance" by Qui Nguyen, produced by Vampire Cowboys. (Photo by Theresa Squi)

Offscript: Why Qui Nguyen Wrote a Sex Comedy About His Parents

This week’s guest is playwright Qui Nguyen, who is also the artistic director of Vampire Cowboys. He discusses his post-Vietnam War comedy ‘Vietgone,’ the origin of the term geek theatre and how to write a strong female character.

Every other week, the editors of American Theatre curate a free-ranging discussion about the lively arts in our Offscript podcast.

This week’s guest is playwright/geek theatre pioneer Qui Nguyen. Associate editor Diep Tran caught up with him at the Pacific Playwrights Festival at South Coast Rep (you can read her write-up here). The two of them bond over being Vietnamese-American and discuss Qui’s newest play Vietgone, a quasi-historical sex comedy about his parents, and the newest Vampire Cowboys show, Six Rounds of Vengence (running through May 16). Qui also explains the origins of the label “geek theatre,” and breaks down how to properly write a strong female character.

In this week’s preamble, the editors Rob Weinert-Kendt, Suzy Evans and Diep discuss the Public Theater’s 2015–16 season, diversity at the Lucille Lortel Awards and code-switching.

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