Meet the Cast and Creative Team of American Conservatory Theater’s Upcoming Show “Poor Yella Rednecks”


The second chapter of Qui Nguyen’s trilogy takes the stage at American Conservatory Theater’s (A.C.T.) Strand Theater March 30–May 7, 2023. Jaime Castañeda will return to the helm after directing the first show in the trilogy, Vietgone.

Following the rousing success of the first installment, Poor Yella Rednecks will reunite audiences with the lovers Tong and Quang and although they are now married, its not quite a fairytale ending. Castañeda draws from rap, leaps into martial arts, and digs deep into his own family journey. Funny, sexy, and subversive, Poor Yella Rednecks confirms Nguyen as a groundbreaking American voice.

“I can’t wait to be back in San Francisco at one of my favorite theaters in the country,” said director Jaime Castañeda. “Set in 1981, class and assimilation intersect to create a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience that feels closer to a live concert event than your average contemporary play.”


The cast for Poor Yella Rednecks includes (in alphabetical order) Ben Chau-Chiu, Will Dao, Christine Jamlig, Jenny Nguyen Nelson, Amanda Le Nguyen, Jed Parsario, Hyunmin Rhee, and Jomar Tagatac.

Creative Team

Directed by Jaime Castañeda, the creative team for Poor Yella Rednecks includes Tanya Orellana (Scenic Designer), Jessie Amoroso (Costume Designer), Yi Zhao (Lighting Designer), Jake Rodriguez (Sound Designer), Yee Eun Nam (Projection Designer), James Ortiz (Puppet Designer), and Shammy Dee (Composer).

Tickets & Events

Tickets are now available at the box office at 415.749.2228 or online. A.C.T. will also offer a variety of InterACT events as well as accessible performances.

An open captioned performance will be held on April 22 at 2 p.m. At this performance, the dialogue will be displayed on a screen at the front of the stage on house left. To purchase seats in the best viewing section, please use code CAPTION when ordering.