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A Perfect Bowl of Pho ()

Produced by

Ember Island Players Theatre and Saigon Lotus

Presented by

fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company

Playwright: Nam Nguyen
Director: Gianni Sallese

Presented as part of a double-bill with Fine China


Factory Studio Theatre


January 23rd, 2019 – February 10th, 2019


The year is 2019. An open-minded Toronto theatre audience (read: unsuspecting victims) sits down in Factory Theatre Studio to watch a play about the history of pho, the Vietnamese rice noodle soup (read: a thinly-veiled metaphor for Viet culture and identity). They came to see theatre that’s diverse (read: a lot of Asians plus one white guy), thought-provoking (read: pandering to educated liberals), and fun (read: it’s a musical), all from the mind of one talented young Vietnamese-Canadian playwright (read: a narcissist). A hush falls over the crowd as a flute plays, and lights rise on a poor Vietnamese farmer… (


Kenzie Tsang Nam I
Justin Park Kevin / Others
Sai Lian Macikunas Farmer / Nam's Dad / Others
Nam Nguyen Nam O / Others
Meghan Aguirre Jen / Others
Victoria Ngai Amy / Jen's Mom / Others
Kenley Ferris-Ku Bach / Teacher / Others
Julie Phan 潘家雯 Sang
Max Gu Tuyet / Others
Brendan Rush Leo / Noah
Jacob Peng VIP / Others
Lucinda Qu Lang Lieu / An / Others

Creative Team

Nam Nguyen Playwright
Gianni Sallese Director
Wilred Moeschter Composer
Nam Nguyen Composer
Kevin Vuong Music Director
Kevin Yue Assistant Musical Director
Bailey Hoy Costume Designer
Abigail Palmer Lighting Designer
Abigail Palmer Projection Designer
Sam Clark Additional Music


Rena Seeger Keyboard
Joey Zhuang Flute
Andy Chang Violin I
Charlotte Wong-Labow Violin II
Brendan Rogers Cello
Keshav Sharma-Jaitly Percussion


Deborah Lim Production Manager
Kevin Yue Producer
Emma Monet Stage Manager
Jasmine Cabanilla Property Master