Critics’ Choice for Best Drama
and Patrons’ Pick in the Red Venue
“Reincarnation Soup” had me feeling a bit like Oliver Twist, lifting my empty bowl and pleading, “Please sir, I want some more.” Viet Nguyen is enthralling and mesmerizing in his brilliantly crafted one-man show that is sure to stay on the minds of his audiences long after the curtain comes down. -Lania Berger, Orlando Sentinel
Hello! Welcome to the website for Reincarnation Soup, a solo show I wrote and first performed in the spring and autumn of 2010, shortly after the 35 anniversary of the Fall of Sàigòn. Reincarnation Soup just made a rousing comeback at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival this past May.
The title refers to the myth of Mạnh Bà, an old blind woman who guards the border between death and rebirth. Before allowing souls to move on to the next life, Mạnh Bà gives them a bowl of memory-erasing soup. The souls in this play reveal stories that are uniquely Vietnamese, ones that are both personal and mythical. These stories– these images, smells, sounds– have brewed in me for a long time. I hope to share them with more audiences, both Vietnamese and non-Vietnamese.
To see me talking about myself in the third person, please visit the About page. To contact me for performances or workshops, check out the Booking page. For photos, check out– well, you get the idea. Just make sure to check the Blog for updates.
Much thanks for visiting!