Vietnamese Wedding, A


"A Vietnamese Wedding is not a play...the four people conducting the piece are hosts to the members of the audience who will enact the wedding, and their behavior should be casual, gracious, and unobtrusive." - Maria Irene Fornes, in a disclaimer to the play.

"What follows is a scenario for a theater event that uses four facilitators and ten audience members to act out a Vietnamese wedding ceremony...[the play] is political theater at its most sublime. In 1967, with the war in Vietnam still escalating and the nightly news focusing mainly on American casualties, the peice made a profound anti-war statement. Military propaganda promotes a war effort by demonizing the enemy. The Fornes re-enactment did the opposite by emphasizing shared values and common practices."

Maria Irene Fornes, by Scott T. Cummings, 2013