Cahoots Theatre presents Good Morning, Viet Mom, Feb 16-Mar 3, 2019

For Immediate Release: January 8, 2019 • Please include in your listings/announcements

Cahoots Theatre announces the Premiere of

Good Morning, Viet Mom
Written and Performed by Franco Nguyen
Direction by Byron Abalos
Aki Studio • February 16 – March 3, 2019

Cahoots Theatre proudly announces the premiere of Good Morning, Viet Mom, written and performed by Franco Nguyen with direction by Byron Abalos, Aki Studio, February 16 – March 3, 2019.

Good Morning, Viet Mom is Nguyen’s hilarious and heartfelt story about a second-generation Canadian being raised in Toronto by his single mother. Nguyen shares personal stories about his childhood, about his relationship with his mother–a complex and private woman, and about their emotional trip to Vietnam together; his first time ever and her first time since she left 28 years ago. Authentic and irreverent, Good Morning, Viet Mom is about family, history and love.

After a sold-out run at the 2017 Toronto Fringe (where it appeared as soaring in liquid skies), Good Morning, Viet Mom was further developed for the Next Stage Festival in 2018, where it also sold-out the entire run. Immediately following the premiere of this new Cahoots production, the show is scheduled for three performances at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre before heading west to the 10th anniversary SPARK Festival at the Belfry Theatre in Victoria, B.C.

Franco Nguyen is an award-winning-multi-hyphenate-comedian-filmmaker-writer-director. Franco is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory, a member of their HouseCo ensemble, and a Bob Curry Fellow. A proud member of the sketch troupe Tallboyz II Men, a diverse group of comedians being diverse diversely, the troupe sold-out their run of A 6ix NNNNNN Revue at the 2018 Toronto Fringe and won the Best Comedy Award.

Byron Abalos is a theatre creator, producer and administrator and has been nominated for multiple Dora Mavor Moore Awards for acting and producing. He has directed a previous workshop of Good Morning, Viet Mom; he co-created Monday Nights, an interactive basketball and theatre piece; and has recently appeared in the Hallmark holiday movie Return to Christmas Creek.

Good Morning, Viet Mom
A Cahoots Theatre Production
Written and Performed by Franco Nguyen
Direction by Byron Abalos

Set Design by Christine Urquhart • Costume Design by Sim Suzer
Lighting Design by David DeGrow • Sound Design Miquelon Rodriguez
Projection Design by Kevin Matthew Wong
Production Management & Technical Direction by David DeGrow
Stage Management by Sandy Plunkett
Deaf Community Consultant Catherine MacKinnon
Deaf Interpreter Michelle Chung • ASL Interpreter Tara Everett

Aki Studio, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East, Toronto
February 16 – March 3, 2019
OPENING NIGHT: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 8pm
Tuesday – Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday @ 2pm
ASL Interpreted performances: Friday February 22 and Friday, March 1
Tickets $28 • Senior, Student Arts Worker $22 • Previews $15 • Wednesday Pay-What-You-Can

Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 416.531.1402,
in person at the Aki Studio Box Office or emailing

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Cahoots Theatre is a home for artists from the edge. Working with artists of colour, Deaf artists, queer artists, and other marginalized groups, Cahoots seeks, develops, produces and presents works that refocus the spotlight, empowers artists and engages diverse communities.  Holding a prominent place in Toronto’s arts community, Cahoots’ 32nd season includes two world premieres and a multi-city tour.

photo of Franco Nguyen by Dahlia Katz

Media Contact: Carrie Sager @ FLIP PUBLICITY,, 416.533.7710

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