A play by Yen Vu
Theatrical Reading at Cornell University (Lewis Auditorium)
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 6pm, with a reception to follow.
Synopsis: During both World War I & II, France brought laborers from its colonial possessions to France to assist in the war effort. Set in Southern France toward the 1939-1940 wave of labor conscriptions, the story follows a group of Vietnamese workers including Thanh, an ambitious youth in his early 20s who never finished his baccalaurat due to costs, Cuong, a wise forty-year-old who hides his ability to read Nietzsche regularly because of the tensions with Germany at the time, and enthusiastic Loic, renamed from Luan, who is naïve but eager to learn about colonialism, communism and all the –isms in between. The three meet in Marseilles, sharing nothing but their last name, Tran, in common. Along with the other men, they learn the French language, the philosophies of work and freedom, and the possibilities open once in France.
You can contact Yen at firstname.lastname@example.org