Half Filipina theater director Jennifer Chang has won the 2018 Los Angeles Drama Critics (LADCC) Award for Best Direction of a play for her exclamatory work on “Vietgone”.
It’s a story of two refuge
es fleeing Vietnam War who meet and fall in love at a relocation camp in Arkansas.
The play is in collaboration with the East West Players’ (EWP) production. She thinks that EWP is getting attention for the work and she’s truly honored to be recognized by the LA community for this award.
Her award was given during the 50th annual ceremony held at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Despite the technical issues during preview performances, Jennifer said in an interview that the entire cast and crew were absolutely devoted to this play written by Qui Nguyen.
She also shared her personal struggles in directing during one of her interviews.
“I found myself to be still voraciously wanting to create and so while I couldn’t act, I kept saying yes to directing, and now here we are,” Chang said.
Jennifer’s parents are from the Philippines – her father is from Sulu and her mother is from Cavite and Bacolod. She proudly shared her growing up Filipino and speaking Tagalog.
We’re truly proud of you, Kabayan!