back to “romeo and juliet”

by Dai Duong Dao

The Star Performing Arts Center and Kich Doan Hai Ngoai (Vietnamese Oversea Theater Production) present one of the most widely known, read, watched, remade and loved plays of all time – William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” produced and directed by Mai-Phuong Doan and produced executively by Thomas Quoc Thai Nguyen .

The romance-tragedy is about two young “star-crossed lovers” whose untimely deaths ultimately unite their feuding families. Director Mai-Phuong Doan, whose father, Mr. Ba Doan, is a very popular and highly respected stage-director in Vietnam, finds great power in Shakespeare’s use of dramatic structure, i.e., devices such as switching between comedy and tragedy to heighten tension, to embellish the romance of the two “Romeo and Juliet” characters, enhancing the poetic forms of the other characters’. The majority of sets are built from scratch in order to achieve the play's unique look by her production.

When I was in acting school, I’d always had the thrust to be a part of ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ The story has been adapted numerous times for stage, film, musical and opera. I am truly excited to adapt it for the first time on stage in a Vietnamese setting here in Orange County,” said director Mai-Phuong Doan. “Together all professionally well-trained actors and actresses in this production will revitalize the play, adding a happy ending to deliver a final impression of kindness upon younger audiences,” she said.

Many of Kich Doan Hai Ngoai’s actors and actresses are involved in artistic activities professionally, including Huu Nghia, Anh Dung, Huy MC, Calvin Hiep, My Trinh, Tram Anh, Tran Tuong Nguyen, Hoang Hiep, Hoai Dung, Tran Thien, Be Map, Dao Anh Tuan, Vu Thai Binh, Leon Vu, Kiet Ky An, Trung Quan, Le The Dan, My Ngan, and many other extra artists. Mai-Phuong Doan, the director, will also take role of Juliet and Tuan Hung, a talented and young singer/actor, will take role of Romeo.

“I strongly believe that all of the artists can find their own selves in each character. They put their fresh minds in our daily rehearsals. I am in love with my character and as well as in others’,” she added.

The Star Performing Arts Center’s stage will be transformed into something magnificent and sacred in this presentation of Shakespeare’s finest play with the producers’, artists’ an the entire Vietnamese community’s pride and privilege.

We hope you accept our invitation to these historic presentations:

What: “Romeo and Juliet,” the very first Vietnamese production in Orange County and world-wide presented by Star Performing Arts Center and Kich Doan Hai Ngoai.
When: 7 p.m., Saturday, August 8th, 2009 and 2 p.m., Sunday, August 9th, 2009.
Where: Star Performing Arts Center, 16149 Brookhurst St. Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Tickets: $25 (general), $45 (first class) and VIP, call 714-531-8500 for information or visit
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