Trial By Water

Trial By Water
by Qui Nguyen

Productions (2)
  • Drama
  • 90 - 100 minutes
  • 2 f, 4 m (5-7 actors possible: 1-3 f, exactly 4 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: Minimal.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-496-7

Trial By Water
by Qui Nguyen

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Productions (2)
  • Drama
  • 90 - 100 minutes
  • 2 f, 4 m (5-7 actors possible: 1-3 f, exactly 4 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: Minimal.

Hung and his brother are forced to flee a war-ridden Vietnam to America. But what should be a lucky escape becomes more horrifying than they ever imagined when their boat breaks down in the middle of the ocean. Now Hung must fight to hold on to his humanity amid a desperate struggle to survive. Based on the real Vietnamese Bolinao crisis, this deeply affecting drama tells a harrowing tale with wit, humor, and utmost care.

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Pricing Information

Performance Fee $80
Standard Edition $9.99
Stage Manager Edition $18.99

Play Details

Hung and his brother are forced to flee a war-ridden Vietnam to America. But what should be a lucky escape becomes more horrifying than they ever imagined when their boat breaks down in the middle of the ocean. Now Hung must fight to hold on to his humanity amid a desperate struggle to survive. Based on the real Vietnamese Bolinao crisis, this deeply affecting drama tells a harrowing tale with wit, humor, and utmost care.

  • Drama
  • 90 - 100 minutes
  • 2 f, 4 m (5-7 actors possible: 1-3 f, exactly 4 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: Minimal.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-496-7

Published Reviews

"Trial by Water is a beautifully written script and is cleverly acted with moments that are as heartwarming as they are heartbreaking. Highly Recommended!"

Mary Kroeck, Newcity Chicago

"Real-life suffering usually translates badly to the stage -- writers lay on 'this really happened' earnestness as we overload our empathy circuits with other people's agony. It's why good plays about torturers abound, and good plays about victims do not. With the stunningly produced Trial by Water, Qui Nguyen's harrowing retelling of the Vietnamese Bolinao crisis, we finally get a piece about pain that hits like an oncoming wave -- rushing, real, and overwhelming. If you can stomach the blood, this is tour-de-force theatre! Nguyen is best known for making chop-socky gorefests with his group the Vampire Cowboys, but his real strength may be in horrors of the everyday kind. A Critic's Pick!"

Helen Shaw, Time Out New York

"Trial by Water is a haunting journey into the true heart of darkness. Based upon a real-life story, Qui Nguyen's brilliant new play, Trial by Water, takes the audience on an unsettling journey that tests the limits of humanity and morality with a disturbingly uncomfortable ending so powerful it leaves its audience as changed as Hung [the main character] himself."

Sean O'Donnell, Show Business Weekly

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OCT 01, 2007 - OCT 31, 2007
dueEast Theater Company and A-Squared Theatre Workshop
Chicago, IL United States
dueEast Theater Company and A-Squared Theatre Workshop Chicago, IL United States
MAR 01, 2006 - MAR 31, 2006
Ma-Yi Theater
New York, NY United States
Ma-Yi Theater New York, NY United States
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Production Group
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OCT 01, 2007 - OCT 31, 2007
dueEast Theater Company and A-Squared Theatre Workshop
Chicago, IL United States
dueEast Theater Company and A-Squared Theatre Workshop Chicago, IL United States
MAR 01, 2006 - MAR 31, 2006
Ma-Yi Theater
New York, NY United States
Ma-Yi Theater New York, NY United States