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About Monster - Off Broadway

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Inspired by a true story, MONSTER takes place in a California desert suburb where Vietnamese-American detective Tang Tran investigates the disappearance of a high school student following a brutal hate crime. MONSTER is a noir-esque production that uses multi-media to create an atmosphere where perspective manipulates objectivity and guilt fuses with innocence, revealing that Monsters don't only live underneath our beds—they also live within us.

Derek Nguyen’s plays include MOTHER'S MILK (Mark Taper Forum commission), A SLIGHT ITCH (Y2K New Voices Playwriting Award), LEE/GENDARY (three 2009 New York Innovative Theater Awards including Best Production of a Play), and MONSTER (Edgar Allan Poe Award nomination for Best Play). His screenplays include "Seeing Red" (dir: Liselle Mei and Joan Chen), "Noguchi" (dir. Risa Morimoto), and "The Potential Wives of Norman Mao (dir. Derek Nguyen). He’s received a NYFA grant, a Van Lier Fellowship at New York Theatre Workshop, IFP No Borders Program fellowship, Tribeca Film Festival’s All-Access fellowship, and a Sundance Screenwriters Lab fellowship.

By Derek Nguyen, Directed by Kaipo Schwab, part of the Vietnam Project II
March 30 – April 17, 2011


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