Trial by Water: A Gook Story Part One

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Inspired by the true life events, two young Vietnamese brothers Huy and Hung Tran try to escape Vietnam by boarding a boat illegally traveling to the Philippines. However, when the engines dies stranding the brothers in the middle of the China Sea, their voyage becomes an ordeal that will test each of their own moralities.

Cast Requirements

4 men
2 women


Included in the anthology Savage Stage.


“This is tour-de-force theater.”
Time Out New York

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“Qui Nguyen’s new play is brilliant. So powerful it leaves its audience as changed as the main character himself.”
–Show Business Weekly

“A beautifully written script with moments that are just as heartwarming as they are heartbreaking.”
–Newcity Chicago

Production and Development History

Production: Ma-Yi Theater Company and Queens Theatre in the Park (2006); DueEast Theatre Company/A-Squared Theatre Workshop, Chicago. (2007).