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Behind the Scenes of this World Premiere

About the Play


A brief summary

Don, an astrophotographer, returns home to reconnect with his Vietnamese father (Dau) and help him adjust to his ensuing hearing loss. But the closer Don gets to being able to communicate with his father, the further Don seems to get from actually understanding the man - leaving Don to realize that mastering a language means very little if you’re not willing to speak from the heart. Performed in English, Vietnamese, and Sign Language - The World is Not Silent is a multilingual play that explores how language simultaneously divides and unites us. 

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The Creators

The Playwright

Don X. Nguyen is a Vietnamese refugee - born in Saigon, Vietnam, and relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska at the age of three. He is currently based out of New York City.  

Learn more about his exciting work in the video and on his website

The Director

Maria Mazor is an award winning and critically acclaimed director of theatre & film based in Los Angeles.

Learn more about her amazing work by clicking on her photo or here:


The Cast

Click the photos to learn more about the characters or the actors playing them.
Spoiler alert: Don's astrophotography is quite stellar.

The Designers

Setting: The play takes place in "Modern Day Nebraska" and "Ho Chi Minh City, 10 years ago." In order to transform our Neuhaus Theatre into an adaptable space to tell this story, these 5 creative designers collaborated on an innovative way to shape the world of the play. Click the photos to learn more about the designers and get a sneak peek at some of the show designs. 

Set rendering by Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams
Costume renderings by Sara Ryung Clement
Costume renderings by Sara Ryung Clement

Your Role

We're happy to have you with us, whether it's your first time seeing a play or you've been coming to Alley Theatre since you were seven. 


Watch the video for some great advice on playing your part, courtesy of Resident Acting Company Members Elizabeth Bunch and Dylan Godwin.

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