Meet the Cast: "Poor Yella Rednecks"


by 
Tania Thompson
 | Mar 19, 2019
Poor Yella Rednecks Cast

THE CAST: Eugene Young, Maureen Sebastian, Tim Chiou, Samantha Quan and Paco Tolson.

It was like a class reunion on the day rehearsals started for the world premiere of Qui Nguyen’s Poor Yella Rednecks (March 30-April 27, 2019, Segerstrom Stage). Actors Samantha Quan, Maureen Sebastian and Paco Tolson reunited after appearing in the world premiere of Nguyen’s first play here about his family, Vietgone (2015). Tim Chiou and Eugene Young joined the cast to dive into the world of Nguyen. And playwright Nguyen is paired once again with director May Adrales.

The play is funny and poignant—much like the emotions that ran through Vietgone. Set six years after the end of that story, Poor Yella Rednecks finds Tong and Quang living in El Dorado, Arkansas, with their five year old son, illustrated by a puppet, named Little Man, and Tong’s mother, Huong. Little Man struggles in school, in no small part to Huong’s influence. Quang and Tong struggle with many issues including making a living, taking care of family, infidelity (she with her former boyfriend, Bobby, and he with a hook-up in Houston) and his still-living-in-Vietnam wife. But love may not be enough for Tong and Quang.

“It’s about my family,” Nguyen says. “It’s about two people who are very much in love here in America, but also haunted by the ghosts of who they were in Vietnam. And as the title suggests, it’s about living in poverty in the ​deep South as Asian immigrants. That’s the heartbeat of the play, which I’m aware sounds heavy.”

Watch the cast talk about Poor Yella Rednecks.

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Chiou,-Tim

Tim Chiou
Characters
: Quang, Bully Chris
At SCR:
Yoga Play by Dipika Guha (world premiere)
Other credits include:
Two Mile Hollow by Leah Nanako Winkler, Tokyo fish story by Kimber Lee, The North China Lover, Snow Falling on Cedar and Year Zero. His television and film credits include “Silicon Valley,” “iZombie” and “American Koko.”
Meet him in this video.



Quan,-Samantha

Samantha Quan
Characters:
Huong, Thu, San, Cop
At SCR:
Vietgone by Qui Nguyen (world premiere, 2015) and the Pacific Playwrights Festival reading in 2018 of Poor Yella Rednecks.
Other credits include:
Vietgone (Manhattan Theatre Club). Also Masha No Home, An Infinite Ache, Peerless, Hannah and the Dread Gazebo, Red Flamboyant, American Hwangap and B.F.E. Her film and television credits include 4 Wedding Planners, Sake Bomb, Good Grief, “Elementary,” “NCIS,” and “Castle.”
Meet her in this video.


Sebastian,-Maureen

Maureen Sebastian
Character:
Tong
At SCR:
Vietgone by Qui Nguyen (world premiere, 2015) and the Pacific Playwrights Festival reading in 2018 of Poor Yella Rednecks.
Other credits include:
Arabian Nights; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Thunder Above, Deeps Below; Now Circa Then; Lonely, I’m Not and Year Zero. Her television credits include “Law and Order: SVU,” “Elementary,” “Oasis,” “American Gothic” and “Revolution.”
Meet her in this video.


Tolson,-Paco

Paco Tolson
Characters:
Playwright, Immigration Officer, British Narrator, Little Man Puppeteer, Bobby, Bully Tommy, Grocery Boy
At SCR:
Peter and the Starcatcher (2013); Vietgone by Qui Nguyen (world premiere, 2015) and the Pacific Playwrights Festival reading in 2018 of Poor Yella Rednecks.
Other credits include
: Vietgone (Manhattan Theatre Club), Twelfth Night, The Unwritten Song, the Children of Vonderly, Soul Samurai, Men of Steel, Fight Girl Battle World, Agent G, The Winter’s Tale and Daedalus Project. His film and television credits include “Madam Secretary,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “The Code” and 7-Day Gig.
Meet him in this video.


Young,-Eugene

Eugene Young
Characters:
Nhan, Cowboy, Little Man, Grocery Boy
At SCR:
Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Poor Yella Rednecks (2018).
Other credits include:
Cardinal, Alice in Slasherland, Twelfth Night, “Veep,” “Jane the Virgin,” “Criminal Minds,” “Unforgettable” and “Revenge.”
Meet him in this video.



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