Qui, Quang insists, is Vietnamese, and just being born and growing up in America doesn’t change that. Commentdocument.getElementById("comment").setAttribute( "id", "afd5c32a8e42c138299ed3e1c804053a" );document.getElementById("gd4c7188f6").setAttribute( "id", "comment" ); BEST Online Poker Sites for Dec 2020 (Real Money Reviews), Best Online Casino Sites for Dec 2020 – REAL Reviews (No BS), BEST Online Sportsbooks for Dec 2020 – USA Betting Sites, Online Poker in Pennsylvania Days from Becoming Reality, PokerStars Happy To Let Indian Online Poker Operators Campaign For Legalization. An interview with Qui Nguyen, the WSOP 2016 Main Event winner, talking about his victory, his latest book "From Vietnam to Vegas!" Again, it’s not going to be about you though.” Which of course was a complete lie. I’m much more shaped by Aditi Kapil and Lloyd Suh and A. Rey Pamatmat and Mike Lew and Kris Diaz and Carla Ching and Mona Mansour and all the Resident Artists of New Dramatists and all the Core Writers of the Playwrights’ Center than any of my idols. Aesthetically I’m Vietnamese, but my personality—my insides—are very much shaped by the movies, video games, and pop-culture of my very All-American youth. Let’s start with a question that you’ve probably had a chance to answer many times over, but it never gets old. So while I love the game, I wouldn’t recommend it! When do I get to see it?” That’s definitely motivating. His plays include Vietgone (2016 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, 2016 LADCC Tim Schmitt Award, 2016 Edward M. Kennedy Prize finalist); War is F**king Awesome (Frederick Loewe Award); She Kills Monsters (2014 AATE Distinguished Play Award, 2012 … How did things develop from there? I want Sam and Felix (my sons) to know where they came from and relatives such as my own grandmother, who they will never meet because she passed away before they were born. The Playwrights' Center's 2014-15 Ruth Easton New Play Series continues January 12 and 13 with Dust, a new play by Core Writer Qui Nguyen. You have no idea if you didn’t live there. Qui:  The book tells the story from my point of view, and I review over 170 hands from the final table. Qui: I can’t even describe that feeling. If you are Deaf or hard of hearing, please email us to request access to episode scripts. How can you not like these guys? (612) 332-7481. Episode 6 BOY FACTORY by Milo Cramer. Reencountering Qui Nguyen’s “Vietgone” in the new East West Players production, I am struck once again by the originality of the playwriting. Tran takes over the role from Canadian actress Cassie Steele. When someone is weak, you’ll know it. How come – there must have been numerous sponsorship offers? I also really dig Lynn Nottage and David Auburn (who’s also an Arkansan, I might add). I’m currently working on a five-play cycle about my parents’ marriage and immigration to the States beginning in 1975. But seriously, the trick is to trust your instincts. The tournaments are big and I play fast fold all the time since they added it to mobile. When you sense they are weak, it doesn’t matter what your cards are any more, just raise! I had to have it. Steve, you predicted Qui would win the Main Event? But the more specifics you can tell me about your own experiences, the richer my characters can be. Minneapolis, MN 55406-1099 Steve Blay gives his commentary on every hand, from a math and poker game theory standpoint. What did you feel when that final card hit the felt and you knew you had just become the next world champion? Finally, what’s next for Qui Nguyen? How do you recognize a weakness at the table and know it is the right time to go for a big bluff, for example? It’s all motivated by the fact that I now have two sons. On the one hand it’s very motivating that there are people who are constantly sending nice messages like: “When’s the next show? No one can be a professional baccarat player. I am a pretty good cook of Vietnamese food (but, I wouldn’t do the cooking for the restaurant). So they’re all trying to hide these secrets, trying to be something that they’re not. However, you haven’t been around that much since your big victory. However, those are the fancy names—the household names—but in reality I’m far more influenced by my peers. When engaging with Qui Nguyen’s She Kills Monsters, it’s impossible not to fall in love with Tilly Evans’ spirit: she’s feisty, full of sass, and strong, capable of taking on and slaying any foe she encounters. The thing that interests me in Dust is the face that we want to show the world versus who we really are when we’re alone. Really honored to do this with Qui and Steve and wish them the best of luck with the new book. From Platoon (1986) to the Rambo series (1982–2008) to Miss Saigon (1989), “the main protagonist is always a white guy going to Vietnam and [the] Vietnamese are the bad guys being shot at or they are the people who need saving,” said playwright Qui Nguyen in a 2016 Rolling Stone interview. Exclusive access to our playwriting opportunities database, advice from experts, and chances to connect with other writers. We saw you as a great ambassador for the game and someone ordinary people could relate to, not just because of your life story, but also because of your player-focused approach to the game. You can’t beat that game! It’s both the blessing and the curse of having people who follow my work closely and want to see it. 'Vietgone': A Sex Comedy About Mom, Dad And Refugee Camps : Code Switch Playwright Qui Nguyen's latest work tells the story of how his parents met in … Today, more than a year later, how are these plans coming along? There have been some delays in getting back to my home country, but I do plan to get back as soon as possible. Associate Artistic Director Hayley Finn talked to Qui about Dust and the other plays he is working on, how he collects stories from his parents, and what he'll be focusing on during the Ruth Easton workshop. It’s a general Vietnamese story. I used to gamble a lot, play a lot of baccarat – you don’t have to think to play that game. October 9, 2016 VIETGONE in The New York Times May 2, 2016 I wouldn’t say the raccoon is intimidating, but it became my signature piece of apparel. And if you were to come and walk into Dust, I think in its current draft you’d be like, “Uh, what happened to all the cool stuff you usually do?” I want to be sure that that’s there, as well as a story that’s maybe a little different than what I usually write about. Okay, let us now go back through time a bit. I also feel like the “theatrical-ness” that I usually employ isn’t present yet. Interview: Qui Nguyen of Vampire Cowboys Earlier this year, Vampire Cowboys was nominated for a GLAAD Media award for Soul Samurai. Playwright and Director Interview: Vietgone ... Oregon Shakespeare Festival 5,403 views. and much more. Most of us still remember Qui Nguyen, the man who took the WSOP 2016 Main Event by storm, claiming the historic victory in a very tough competition. She Kills Monsters From left, Megha Nabe, Satomi Blair, Margaret Odette, Allison Buck, Raúl Sigmund Julia and Jack Corcoran in Qui Nguyen's play … I have to make it bigger, bolder, find different angles that they haven’t seen.” So it’s both pressuring and motivating. Check out Director of New Work Ilana Brownstein’s great interview with playwright Qui Nguyen, in front of a live audience! The book was written in cooperation with Steve Blay. Though my parents know that I’m writing about them, they haven’t read anything that I’ve written about them so far. I wear a lot of “animals” on my clothing — jaguars, tigers, snakes.  It intimidates my opponents. In that way, it is a lot more relaxing than poker. May Adrales and Qui Nguyen talk about the inspiration for the play and their collaboration. Steve (co-author Steve Blay) has suggested that’s why I have such great poker instincts – because I’ve been working on that skill my whole life. Sometimes they show other nervous habits. She Kills Monsters is a drama-comedy play by Qui Nguyen that debuted in 2011. I never really thought about where I came from, the history of my parents, because I just bought into the fairy tales that they told me about themselves. The mom is having a current affair with her old lover. Can you tell us what readers can expect to find inside the book and about the cooperation with Mr. Blay? Sometimes they refuse to make eye contact. I had to use my instincts to survive, every day. And I had to be tough, like a warrior. Since joining the Beat The Fish team in 2016, Ivan has made a significant impact, leading the news section and contributing numerous feature articles. So please be very specific. 2301 East Franklin Avenue And the alpha-male jocky brother is gay, but no one knows that. We’ve mentioned your new book that just came out, entitled From Vietnam to Vegas! When theater-makers Jaime Castañeda and Qui Nguyen were both living in New York, they’d seek out each other’s work. I think when I was much younger it was definitely the writers I was reading and seeing on the big stages, but now it’s more the people that I’m always in the room with, hanging out with, sharing coffees with, than the people that I used to look up to. So those are the two things that I’ll focus on in the workshop: character story and theatricality. After your victory, you talked about your plans to help those less fortunate back home. It’s not about you, I swear. The dad had the affair in Vietnam. I feel like I have been given a huge gift/opportunity here, and I want to do good with it. It tells the story of Agnes Evans, an average woman who loses her parents and little sister Tilly in a car accident. Welcome to the dramaturgy blog for Company One’s upcoming production of SHE KILLS MONSTERS by Qui Nguyen! The character of Qui Nguyen (played by Sherwin Resurreccion) briefly frames the play at the beginning, then reappears for a final scene at the end, when he tries to interview his father Quang about the war and gets a talking-to instead. Beyond just my personal motivations to record and tell these tales, once I started to hear my parents’ stories, I realized that they were stories I had never seen onstage or in any media. For now, I am still enjoying life, and especially spending a lot of time with my son Kyle. There’s a lot more depth to be mined from all the characters. And now, as they’re getting older and as I have kids, I feel like there’s a legacy that I owe to my family—both to the generations before me and the generations to come. Ivan first started playing poker in 2006 and played professionally from 2010-2013. Growing up in Saigon… it was really rough. How I Won the World Series of Poker Main Event (Amazon link). Kelly Marie Tran tells EW about playing the title role in Disney's 'Raya and the Last Dragon' and what it's like following up 'Star Wars' with another huge project. As well as my entire family. I want to make it clear, just because “the geek’s getting serious” doesn’t mean he’s gonna be any less entertaining. So when they reference places like Country Club Terrace, Rogers Junior High, and The Tac House, those are real places in my childhood. It is a great pleasure for me personally and I’m sure our readers will be equally excited to hear from you. Winning the Main Event title, the $8,000,000 first prize, having all that pressure finally over and behind you, what was it like? April 4, 2017 VIETGONE receives 3 Lucille Lortel noms including for Outstanding Play November 30, 2016 Episode 108 of SYFY'S INCORPORATED written by Qui Nguyen & Patrick Moss set to air January 18, 2017. Not because I was going to write about it, but because I think it was just, you know, they didn’t want to go into sad stories about the war or funny stories that would compromise their position as my parents. Although I had an opportunity to read about it in your book, I must ask for our readers – what was the significance of the famous raccoon hat? Although he hasn’t been around much lately, Qui was certainly one of more memorable WSOP champions we’ve had a chance to watch. So I just collected a lot of information about them. “Qui and I were always plotting to hatch a project together,” says Castañeda. As far as famous playwrights, Stephen Adly Giurgis and David Henry Hwang, obviously. Seeing me squirm tickled them, so once they realized there was a joy in, you know, grossing out their son, they then started becoming really open about all their stories. Yes. You’ve mentioned on several occasions that your background helped you become a poker player you are today? Right now, it’s a pretty realistic play and I’d like to figure out how it can still retain all the honesty it has but also have more visual fun. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR. That last day was such a marathon, it was 3 A.M., maybe 4 A.M. when I finally won? Can you tell us a bit more about this, without revealing all of your secrets, of course? It’s inspired by a New York Times article I read years ago about Amer-Asians and the number of “leftover children” that have grown up in Vietnam since the war’s end. I reveal all my secrets in the book, so go buy it! I plan to open a Vietnamese Restaurant, just for the experience. And I think that that’s personally something that’s very relevant to what I’m going through in my own life right now. But, ultimately, I think it’s all good for my work in the long run. Don’t worry, I’ll be back! It certainly made you stand out from the crowd even before you won? All the characters in the play have secrets that they are hiding from each other. The play is actually set in my hometown of El Dorado, Arkansas. In a 2017 interview with American Theatre, playwright Qui Nguyen says, “Everyone deserves a chance to see themselves on stage. — Qui Nguyen (@qui_writes) October 21, 2020 “ I remember having this experience of recognizing some of the words and recognizing some of the names and the locations and even certain characters and our job descriptions of what influenced them to be a certain way,” shared Tran in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. Yes, it’s true; I haven’t been in the spotlight much. How do you deal with figuring out how your real identity versus your ideals match up when they don’t? So how do you deal with those secrets? Episode 5 NIGHTNIGHT by Lucas Hnath. When I moved in Florida, I mostly played in “Home Games” (higher stakes private games). I’ve always enjoyed running my own businesses. There was an immediate empathy since I felt very much the opposite of that growing up. Back to poker – you’ve always said that, while the math plays a role in your game, you’re much more of a feel player who plays the opponent more than anything else. The film is directed by Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada, with playwright Qui Nguyen and Adele Lim on board as the writers. Director/Playwright Interview. (Driver, at the theater for this interview, always comes in through a different door and so was unaware of Vader’s spectral presence.) Qui, when you won the Main Event in 2016, many of us believed this could be huge for poker. There’s a specific narrative that people are comfortable with telling about the Vietnamese people, and it dawned on me that maybe this is my new mission as an artist. ", Best Gift Ideas for Poker Players: A Buying Guide, Stack and Tile Review for 2020: Simplified Multi-Table Poker, Gambling Industry Hits Jackpot in US Elections, GGPoker Breaks Guinness World Record for Biggest Online Poker Prize Pool, Pokerstars PA Online Poker Monopoly Will Extend Into 2021. When they talk about East Main Diner, that’s my mom’s diner. Castañeda was the artistic associate at Atlantic Theater Company, while Nguyen was writing for his downtown theater company, Vampire Cowboys. But there’s also the pressure of, “I have to live up to what I did before. Qui Nguyen is a playwright, screenwriter, and co-founder of the OBIE Award-winning Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company of NYC. I always worry that when you come to see a Qui play you have a certain expectation about what I’m doing. Qui Nguyen is one of the very few who have managed to reach the highest rung of the tournament ladder, winning the most coveted prize of all – the WSOP Main Event.Nguyen became poker’s world champion in 2016, and Somuchpoker decided to catch up with him for an interview, to see where his life is one year later.. Qui Nguyen – Photo Jayne Furman – Courtesy WSOP And the rest is history! He holds a BA in English language and literature. How did you discover poker and what was it that attracted you to the game? But I also have some other businesses I might want to start. Not that I don’t still admire the Hwangs and the Stoppards and Kushners of the theatrical world, but there’s more relevance to me in my life when I’m talking to Kris Diaz when he’s in the room asking out loud something like “how do I write and raise a kid at the same time?” Those are the questions and the people in my life that really shape my writing. Will we see more of you in the future at the tables or do you see your life taking a different direction? "They aren't perfect, but I've been pretty happy with ACR overall. What were those like? Apart from  your poker achievements, you’ve also been mentioned on a few occasions as the “king of baccarat.” Do you have any funny/interesting gambling stories you could share with our readers? 2301 East Franklin AVENUE MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55406, McKnight National Residency & Commission Recipient. That is hard for some people, especially math players, but you have to believe in yourself and build up your confidence, and don’t be afraid to trust your feelings. So then they started telling me stories, because they didn’t feel like they were the ones under the microscope. But it’s also fun and exciting, because you go through quick up and down swings. OUTTAKES by Qui Nguyen A son keeps trying to get his charming (if frustrating) immigrant parents to tell him a true war story from their lives in Vietnam to help him write a new play. About 6 months before the Main Event I saw the raccoon hat. But I will be back! Episode 4 OUTTAKES by Qui Nguyen. watch video >> More than 30 years ago, the war in Vietnam shattered Nguyen Qui Duc's childhood. Hilarious and powerful, the play’s love story presents an incredibly moving family history as a son recounts the story of how his parents met. By Lily Zhou, A&E Editor. Episode 7 EDGE OF NIGHT by Kirsten Childs. I do think about it, especially in New York. The film’s new directors are Don Hall (Big Hero 6, Moana) and Carlos Lopez Estrada (Blindspotting), and the film’s newest screenwriter is Qui Nguyen (Vietgone). So we make a great team together. Maybe so! Ivan: Mr. Nguyen, first of all, thank you for taking time to do this interview. Lately she’s definitely appearing more and more in my work. In an interview with NPR, Qui Nguyen, the Vietnamese-American, Obie-winning playwright calls Vietgone a “sex comedy” about his parents, who convinced him at a young age that their romance was a love-at-first-sight, wholesome love story, but he later learned that it … Before their birth, I didn’t dive too deeply into writing about my identity—cultural or otherwise—beyond the movies, music, and comic books that I loved growing up. Many of them looked dramatically Caucasian, which I found interesting since there was no hiding that they were “soldier babies.” I wondered what that would mean for them growing up in Vietnam and then later how they’d be taken in if/when they came to America. With Vietgone, I … Imagined as edited found interview tapes, OUTTAKES is both funny and heartfelt, drawn from the playwright’s real-life experiences. That’s where I picked up the name “TommyGun” due to my aggressive playing style. It’s not often that a romantic comedy picks a war as a setting, but MTC’s Vietgone does just that, setting the love story between Quang (Raymond Lee) and Tong (Jennifer Ikeda) in an Arizona refugee camp during the Vietnam War. People know bits and pieces about your life, but what is really like for you growing up? The theatre department has been hard at work on their upcoming virtual production of She Kills Monsters, Virtual Realms, which is set to premiere Friday, October 30 at 8 p.m. on YouTube.. She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms is a play by Qui Nguyen that tells the story of Agnes Evans as she copes with the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. Now, in my thirties, I’m finding a new mission alongside my old one: to change the narrative of the Vietnamese paradigm, to illuminate their stories, but most importantly to bring the sex appeal of my Vampire Cowboys work into the work I’m now writing about my own cultural background. LISTEN NOW. When I first asked them about their lives, they were really hesitant to tell me any of it. When that final card fell, that was the fulfillment of all my dreams. Qui Nguyen, a native of Vietnam, defeated professional Gordon Vayo with a pair of kings on the 364th hand of the final table during the nine-hour heads-up session. I had the exciting opportunity to speak to Qui Nguyen of Vampire Cowboys about his recent production Soul Samurai , a blaxploitation, kung fu, vampire story featuring a lesbian protagonist and a whole lot of awesome. In your new book, describing your Main Event journey, you mention No Limit $5/10 games that only allowed for a maximum buy-in of $100 at the time. And then last year, I started to change my tactic: instead of asking them about them, I said, “Hey, I want to write this general kind of story about Vietnamese people in general. You look “American,” but you’re culturally Vietnamese. An interview with Qui Nguyen The Playwrights' Center's 2014-15 Ruth Easton New Play Series continues January 12 and 13 with Dust, a new play by Core Writer Qui Nguyen. When I was in my twenties, I was driven to tell all these geeky stories of sci-fi battles and zombie attacks and samurai showdowns—to make theater for those who don’t go to theater. Of course, what I didn’t realize was that their more private stories, specifically about them dating and their marriage, would end up sort of wigging me out because I’m their kid. This season of Soundstage is made possible by a generous gift from the Scherman Foundation’s Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund. I bought him a new house with a pool, which is what he always wanted. That’s why it was a great pleasure for us here at Beat The Fish to be able to briefly talk to Mr. Nguyen and his friend Steve Blay. In the interview, we asked the champ about his new book that was written in cooperation with Mr. Blay and used this opportunity to ask many other questions we believed our readers would be interested in. When Qui heard about it, he called me up and flew me out to Las Vegas to join his team. Jon Hoche and Raymond Lee in South Coast Repertory's 2015 world premiere of Vietgone by Qui Nguyen. So Nguyen created Vietgone as an antidote to the “white savior” tale. Imagined as edited found interview tapes, Outtakes is both funny and heartfelt, drawn from the playwright's real-life experiences. 10:50. I first discovered poker when I was living in Alaska. Steve:  I predicted Qui would win the Main Event on my website AdvancedPokerTraining.com, and PokerNews covered the story, and it got a lot of hits. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for updates. 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