“NAM WAR RAW MAN”
Arena Theatre, Wright Hall
An artist’s relationship with this father, a Vietnam War veteran, is the inspiration for NAM WAR RAW MAN, a new play by UC Davis MFA candidate Lucas Hatton. The Department of Theatre and Dance and the Theatre and Dance Ensemble present the premiere at the Arena Theatre in Wright Hall March 2-4 at 7 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on March 4.
Devised in collaboration with dancer/performer and UC Davis alumus Hien Huynh, the play is based on Hatton’s experience of travelling to Vietnam with his father, who served there as a U.S. Marine in 1967-68. On their journey, Hatton conducted a series of audio interviews with his father to see what memories emerged from the return visit.
In NAM WAR RAW MAN, Hatton, Huynh and the many characters they portray trek through spaces, places and theatrical styles as they probe the dynamics of power, the search for peace and the legacy of American imperialism. Part satire, part tragedy, part autobiography, the play explores the legacy of the American War in Vietnam through a new lens.
“Collaborating with Hien has opened up a lot of theatrical possibilities,” said Hatton. “The work is more dynamic and complex than had I stood on stage and told my dad’s war stories. That kind of show has been done already.”
Tickets are $15 for adults, $13.50 for faculty/staff and $10 for students/seniors and may be purchased in advance online or at the door the day of performance. Please be advised, this production contains adult themes and language.
For tickets and information about the 2017 winter quarter productions, visit the Department of Theatre and Dance.