Looking for a hot, fresh, and funny new play, made to order? Qui Nguyen's Poor Yella Rednecks delivers. This New York Times Critic's Pick tells an immigrant family's story with riotous humor and heart — get Poor Yella Rednecks tickets on TodayTix.
Poor Yella Rednecks isn't just the story of any family — it's Nguyen's own family. Discover the mostly-true story of how his parents, attempt to put down roots in Arkansas — a state as different from their native Vietnam as it gets — and try to cook up their own American Dream. See why The New York Times hails the play as "a crowd-tickling comedy that squashes preconceptions in order to place hearts in a vise grip."
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2 hrs (with one interval)
October 10th, 2023
December 3rd, 2023
230 reviews on Show-Score
By: Qui Nguyen
Director: May Adrales
Choreography: William Carlos Angulo
Producer: South Coast Repertory and Manhattan Theatre Club
Cast list: Jon Hoche, Ben Levin, Samantha Quan, Jon Norman Schneider, Maureen Sebastian, Paco Tolson
Design: Tim Mackabee
Costumes: Valérie Thérèse Bart
Lighting: Lap Chi Chu
Sound: Shane Rettig
Other info: Original music by Shane Rettig, projection design by Jared Mezzocchi, puppet design by David Valentine, arrangements by Kenny Seymour, music direction by Cynthia Meng
Wheelchair access, assistive listening devices
Poor Yella Rednecks premiered in 2019 at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California. The premiere of Poor Yella Rednecks off Broadway is directed by May Adrales, who has directed seven prior Off-Broadway shows, including Nguyen's play Vietgone.
Music (including bursts of hip-hop) and various pop culture references factor into Poor Yella Rednecks, often in a satirical context. For example, contrasting, often nonsensical references appear — from Star Wars to Fleetwood Mac to Mitch McConnell — to poke fun at how Americans and American culture may sound to those unfamiliar.
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