Cast Bios -Vietgone
Vi Tran (QUANG) is a performer, playwright, and owner/curator of the Buffalo Room. Unicorn credits: Take Me Out, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and The Oldest Boy. Other: Starlight, The Coterie, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre; Paramount Theatre (Chicago), Playhouse on the Square (Memphis), and the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts. Vi’s autobiographical refugee folk musical memoir, The Butcher’s Son, was awarded Most Promising Musical and Best Leading Performer at Underscore Theatre Company’s 2018 Chicago Musical Theatre Festival. As Vietnamese American artists come of age and begin telling their stories and their parents stories, it takes brave companies like the Unicorn to help give those stories a voice and Vi is thrilled to be a part of telling Qui Nguyen’s thrilling tale of love, loss, and family.
Ai Vy Bui (TONG) is thrilled to be making her Unicorn Theatre debut with this compelling story. Her most recent works include A Charlie Brown Christmas (Violet), Avenue Q (Christmas Eve), Not With A Bang, But A Whimper (Faye), Junie B. Jones The Musical (Lucille), and The Butcher's Son (Xinh). She would like to thank her loved ones for their endless support. Fun fact: part of this story takes place in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas; the same Refugee Camp her mother and family resided in after the Fall of Saigon.
Andi Meyer (HUONG) is an actor and Artistic Director of Tradewind Arts, an organization devoted to illuminating and empowering the voices of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (API). Currently, Andi is a studio resident of the Charlotte Street Foundation, focusing on #representationmatters and changing the narrative of invisibility and stereotypes for people of color. She is also on the steering committee for the 6th National Asian American Theatre Conference. Andi is thrilled to return to the Unicorn in Vietgone, the theatre’s first show ever produced with an all Asian cast and Asian American playwright. Past Unicorn appearances include The Oldest Boy, Distracted, Bright Ideas, and In The Blood.
Eric Palmquist (NHAN, PROPERTIES DESIGNER) is a graduate of the University of Kansas theatre program. Recent credits include Alex in The Book Club Play (Kansas Rep) and Akira in Hana's Suitcase (The Coterie), and he has performed with the Living Room, KC Fringe, the Buffalo Room, Tradewind Arts, and the MET. As a props designer, designs include Informed Consent, Project Dawn, the upcoming Hir (Unicorn), Once on This Island, Casa Valentina, Finian's Rainbow (Spinning Tree), and Superior Donuts (OCTA).
Sean Yeung (BOBBY) is thrilled to be part of the cast of Vietgone! This will be his first show since The King and I at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre in 2014. Since then, he’s been rocking out at Howl at the Moon Piano Bar as a musician. He is thankful to his friends, his family, his bandmates, and the cast and crew for their love and support. The greatest thanks goes to Ali Watson. She is Sean’s rock and his favorite person in the world. He loves her more and more every day. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!