“Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam”: This powerful one-man show at ACT Theatre is about a Vietnamese refugee and former gang member who travels with his mother and siblings from the fall of Saigon to North America.
In his new world, the refugee faces estrangement from his father and from this new land of hip hop, gangs and snow, and cultures that clash.
This world premiere is told by rising Hollywood actor Trieu Tran in a solo performance directed by Robert Egan.
“This was something we just had to do, such an amazing and courageous story,” ACT artistic director Kurt Beattie said. “Sometimes a script and a story comes along that is so compelling that you really have no choice but to share it with the world.”
HBO’s “The Newsroom” features Tran in a recurring role. He has also appeared in “Tropic Thunder,” “Hancock” and the upcoming feature film “Trade of Innocents.”
Tran has also performed in many live theater productions, notably in the role of Alan Strang in “Equus” with George Takei with the East West Players.
“Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam” opens with previews at 8 p.m. Sept. 7 at ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle. Shows run at various times Tuesdays through Sundays through Oct. 7.
Tickets start at $37.50 for adults. Call 206-292-7676 or www.acttheatre.org.