A Haunting Search for Sanctuary

“No storybook saga … a powerful tale of blistering force”
The Seattle Times

“Poignant .. [i]ts power is so sustained and undeniable, it makes so many other autobiographical forays…seem trivial by comparison.”
The Hollywood Reporter

A Vietnamese boy and his family barely escape the fall of Saigon and the horrors of a Viet Cong re-education camp to become refugees, at last coming to America. A riveting journey of hardship and brutality, with a new world of gang war, hip hop and Shakespeare on the other side.

Please note: This production utilizes burning incense.

Age Recommendation

The piece includes adult language and subject matter that is best suited for patrons ages 14 and older.


Aug 18 2015

Creating Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam - Part 1: Inspiration and Conception

In this season’s PRC2 opener, Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam, creator/performer Trieu Tran shares an intense autobiographical journey. How did he and collaborator/director Robert Egan turn his true story into a riveting theatrical performance? “Robert and I were doing a play together in New York about the aftermath of the Viet Nam War on a… Read more »

Aug 21 2015

Creating Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam - Part 2: Taking the Story Onstage

Trieu Tran shares some thoughts on taking his autobiographical play from “page to stage.” Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam is Trieu’s first solo play, written with co-author Robert Egan. They developed the piece in 2011 at the Ojai Playwrights Conference, where Robert is Artistic Director/Producer. Then they took it to Seattle where ACT/A Contemporary Theatre… Read more »


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By Sarah McQuillan
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By Andrea McKerlie Luke
Classical Voice of North Carolina
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By Byron Woods
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By Robert W. McDowell
Triangle Arts & Entertainment
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By Aaron Keck
WCHL / Chapelboro.com
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