First gay stage drama causes stir

Published: November 26, 2011

The play, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Turquoise and Violet, directed by Meritorious Artist Tran Ngoc Giau, is the culmination of hours of talking with a group of gay men about the challenges they face in society.

The work is also the result of several months of hard work of G-link, a group offering support for the gay community in the city.

The group began thinking about the idea to make such a drama in June.

Popular actors featured in the play include Tieu Bao Quoc, Dam Loan, Thuy Trang, Hoang Anh and Cong Danh.

The play revolves around the life of a gay man who is forced to marry a girl to maintain his family line.

During his marriage, he maintains a happy relationship with a boyfriend.

It is his family, wife and boyfriend who suffer from the man’s double life.

The play depicts the life challenges of gay men who are rejected by their families, isolated by friends and colleagues, and forced to maintain two identities to hide from the curious eyes of society.

Le Minh Thanh, head and founder of the G-link Group, who is gay, said he and his friends developed the play with the aim of changing the public’s view of gay men.

The play, which received funding and technical support from the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), was staged at the Youth World Theatre on Wednesday night.

The drama will be performed for the public at the theatre next week.

The G-link Group has also completed a documentary about the challenges of the gay community that centres on the life of a gay man who has achieved success in life.

The documentary will be broadcast on VTV2 until the end of the month.

After that, more than 20 television channels nationwide will air the documentary.

Jonathan Ross, public health office director for USAID Viet Nam, praised the courage of the man who was willing to appear in the documentary.

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