Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — A play on the Mậu Thân Offensive (or Tết Offensive) in Spring 1968 will be staged by Hồng Vân Drama Troupe, one of HCM City’s leading private drama troupes, this month.
The 60-minute play, Châu Về Hợp Phố (Reunion), features Vietnamese soldiers and their stories during and after the Mậu Thân Offensive, which occurred during the American war.
It portrays Châu and his wife, Phố, both Sài Gòn residents. Châu moves to the north to join North Vietnamese People’s Army of Việt Nam (VPA), and Phố works as a secret agent in Sài Gòn.
Both meet in the battle of Sài Gòn in January, when VPA soldiers and members of the People’s Liberation Armed Forces of South Việt Nam attacked the US Embassy in Sài Gòn.
The play is also based on true stories that took place during the war.
“I asked my actors to research books and documents on the Mậu Thân Offensive,” said the play’s director, Meritorious Artist Trần Minh Ngọc.
Ngọc, who has more than 50 years in the industry, spent more than five months on the script.
“To prepare for my work, I watched documentaries on the offensive by both Vietnamese and foreign filmmakers. I wanted my production to be lively and to help young audiences learn valuable things about war and peace,” said the 80-year-old.
Ngọc invited talented actors Thanh Thủy, Đức Thịnh, Trịnh Kim Chi and Hồng Vân, graduates of the HCM City University of Cinematography and Theatre, to play leading roles.
"My colleagues and I have learned as much about the country’s history and how Vietnamese generations have fought for independence,” said actress Trịnh Kim Chi, who plays Phố.
“For me, playing in a historical drama is about research also. During my performance, I discovered stories and facts about the war. Through my role, I hope my fans learn something about the value of the peaceful life we have today,” she added.
Châu Về Hợp Phố is part of a cultural programme celebrating the 50th anniversary of Mậu Thân Offensive 1968, funded by the HCM City government.
The play will be staged on December 27 at the Army Theatre in Tân Bình District.
It will also be staged for free for students in 20 universities and colleges next year. — VNS