The Commencement of William Tan


by Don X. Nguyen

This coming of age, high school story was set in the American midwest, sometime during the 90's. It focuses on the concept of what some Asian Americans might have to go through in order to discuss and experience acceptance, assimilation, and understanding in this country. It was a humorous, meaningful, much needed exploration of a narrative rarely told on stage. I played the role of Vinh, a gang leader opposing the goals of the protagonist. This production ran in the Yale School of Drama Cabaret during the fall of 2015.

Jae Shin