Probability Theater and Aurora Theater Firm current studying of COLONIALISM IS TERRIBLE, BUT PHO IS DELICIOUS
Chance Theater will partner with the Aurora Theater Company for the first time to produce a livestream reading of Dustin Chinn’s Colonialism is Horrible, but Pho is Delicious. The show will be directed by Chance Theater’s Artistic Director, Oanh Nguyen, and will be performed on Saturday, February 13th at 5:00 pm
Dustin Chinn’s colonialism is terrible, but Pho is Delicious took its inspiration from two viral incidents related to cultural appropriation and food. [Chef Tyler Akin did a how-to video for Bon Appetit, “PSA: This is How You Should Be Eating Pho,” and Dan Pashman of The Sporkful suggested you could improve bibimbap using a bundt pan.] Chinn says he “followed the rabbit hole” and wrote colonialism; what he calls “a triptych on the ownership and authorship of food after the Vietnamese noodle soup journey”.
This dark comedy encompasses centuries, continents and cultures in its three-part vignette structure. From the 1880s onwards, Hanoi, the capital of 19th century French Indochina, is home to a Vietnamese cook in the kitchen of aristocratic French settlers. Then in 1999, a century later, in Ho Chi Minh City, where American guests get their first taste of local cuisine. Then finally a modern, gentrifying Brooklyn, in which the smoldering conflicts over culture, property and authenticity come to a boil.
This live stream reads the stars Celeste Den (Broadway: M. Butterfly; TV / Film: WHAT / IF, The Blacklist), Elissa Beth Stebbins (Theater: Becky Nurse, Kings), Trieu Tran (Theater: Equus; TV / Film : Altered) Carbon, Tropic Thunder) and Joseph Patrick O’Malley (Theater: MacBeth, Spamalot!).