Brackish

Sang Dao and his grown daughters own a restaurant in Galveston, TX, and are thinking the time has come to sell. When they gather for an important anniversary, the re-assess the meaning of home in the light of a racist act and the appearances of spectres from the past.
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Brackish

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  • Doug DeVita:
    21 Sep. 2020
    I devoured this play in one sitting, and was so haunted by its beauty I went back a few days later to read it again – and I'm still spinning from the experience. And for once, I'm at a loss for words except to say I love every word and every character in this script, and I'm deeply touched by Villanueva's depth of feeling in this this work. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone looking for an exceptionally moving, exceptionally well written drama. It's just so damn... perfect.

Character Information

  • Sang Dao
    48,
    Vietnamese American
    ,
    Male
    A fisherman and owner of Pho & Phish. Used to and loves a life of hard work. Was 3 when he left Vietnam
  • Tuyet
    21,
    Vietnamese American
    ,
    Female
    Sang Dao's younger daughter, training to be a chef. Anxious and a people pleaser. Was 3 when Quang died.
  • Linh
    24,
    Vietnamese American
    ,
    (assigned female at birth) Non-binary
    Sang Dao's older daughter, business savvy and nurturing of her father and sister. Was 6 when Quang died.
  • Hang
    60s,
    Vietnamese American
    ,
    Female
    Female, in her 60s. Sang Dao's mother. A playful, smart woman. Immigrating to the States from Vietnam made her tough and eager to find joy.
  • Quang
    18,
    Vietnamese American
    ,
    Male
    Sang Dao's oldest child and only son. Died as a toddler and this is what Sang Dao imagined he'd be like.
  • Old Woman/Clarice
    60s,
    Vietnamese American
    ,
    Female
    A customer. Or is she? (Same actor as Hang)
  • Officer Garcia
    20s,
    Vietnamese American (possibly half another ethnicity)
    ,
    Male
    A police officer who takes the report of the vandalism from the family. (Same actor as Quang)

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    The Parsnip Ship Play Reading Club
    ,
    2020

Awards

Semi-Finalist
,
Seven Devils Play Foundry
,
2021