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Fortunate Daughter
Stage Werx Theatre
San Francisco, CA
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Tickets are SOLD OUT online. To put your name on the wait-list to buy tickets at the door in the possible event of cancellations, please arrive at 7:30pm to sign up. At 8:05pm, the box office will begin to sell tickets for the remaining available seats.


Fortunate Daughter

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Doors close promptly at 8:00pm, so please be on time.  

SOLD OUT NOTICE:  Tickets are SOLD OUT online. To put your name on the wait-list to buy tickets at the door in the possible event of cancellations, please arrive at 7:30pm to sign up. At 8:05pm, the box office will begin to sell tickets for the remaining available seats.


This show may be sold out, but you can still catch great solo theater at a show on November 12 featuring:

    Thao P. Nguyen
    Vanessa Khaleel
    Amy Kilgard
    Miranda Olzman
    Julie Gieseke
    Julia Price

For info and tickets, go to



The secret to keeping your family happy is ... keeping your other family secret. A one-dyke show about the difference between coming out and coming home.

Thao's Vietnamese parents keep pushing her to marry  a man. Her other family  her Queer activist friends, coworkers, and community  wants her to come out. Thao doesn't want to do either! But the pressure builds from both sides and she is forced to make a decision.

Written and performed by: Thao P. Nguyen
Director: Martha Rynberg
Original Director: W. Kamau Bell
Developed in the Solo Performance Workshop

Stage Werx Theatre
446 Valencia St, SF
Between 15th and 16th St
1.5 blocks from BART

Oct 6, 13, 20, 27
8:00 Show Begins
7:30 Doors Open
No late admission



THAO P. NGUYEN (writer / performer) has been writing and performing solo shows since she joined the Solo Performance Workshop in 2007.  She has been featured as a closing act at the San Francisco Theater Festival for four years running (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009).  After completing a run at the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival, she is debuting her full-length one-woman show, "Fortunate Daughter" at Stage Werx Theatre in San Francisco.  Her director, the critically acclaimed W. Kamau Bell (selected Comedian of the Year by SF Weekly, SF Bay Guardian, East Bay Express, and 7×7 Magazine), has awarded her with the coveted "W. Kamau Bell Solo Performance Black Belt," a distinction which to this date has been awarded only four times.  Thao has produced such successful shows as "ATYPICAL: Stories from the anomalous Asian American," "DIS-ORIENTED: A trio of Middle Eastern and Asian American women", "A Mother's Day Special: See Mom, I Didn't Forget!", "Best Feeding" by Martha Rynberg, "City Solo" at Off-Market Theater, and, of course, San Francisco's premier solo series, "Words First" at CounterPULSE.


MARTHA RYNBERG is a director, writer and performer. Since 2006 she has been collaborating with performance artists to find the story in personal histories and social and political movements. She is the director of the internationally acclaimed W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour, and the basis for FX's 2012 television series, Totally Biased. Martha is also the director of Thao P. Nguyen's Fortunate Daughter, a contributing director of Zahra Noorbakhsh's All Atheists are Muslim, and the ensemble director of the nationally touring show, DIS-ORIENTED: A trio of Middle Eastern and Asian American women. Martha's own work, Lady Parts, explores the dark and hilarious corners of inheritance, parenting, and internalized misogyny. Really, it's funny. She is also a founding member of Mixed, Blend & Whole, a queer multidisciplinary and multicultural performance collaborative. (More at


W. KAMAU BELL (director) co-founded the Solo Performance Workshop in 2005.  Over the last six years SPW has been a part of the birth of a diverse, forward-thinking, socially conscious, and hilarious line-up of shows, such as "Love, Humiliation, & Karaoke," "I Heart Hamas," "Ungrateful Daughter," "All Atheists Are Muslim," and Kamau's own "The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour."  Kamau told the very first joke about Barack Obama on Comedy Central's Premium Blend waaaaaaaay back in 2005.  Unfortunately, the joke predicted that Barack would never be President.  (Oops!)  Comedy Central has three times invited Kamau to perform his critically acclaimed solo show, "The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour," at their theater in Hollywood.  "The Curve" enjoyed a long run in San Francisco, had continued success in Oakland and Berkeley, and played to full houses in 2009 at the New York International Fringe Festival, and in 2010 it had an extended run in New York City as a part of terraNova Collective's 7th Annual SoloNova Festival.  He has been honored as San Francisco's Best Comedian by three different publications: 7×7 Magazine (2010), The San Francisco Bay Guardian (2010), and The San Francisco Weekly (2008). The SF Weekly also profiled him in a cover story in 2009.


Are you too broke too afford a ticket?  Do you just wanna help out?  We've got just the thing!  Volunteer as an usher for the show and see the show for free!  Please contact to inquire about remaining volunteer slots.  


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"Theatrical magic! A pure story with heart, passion & humor."

"As moving as it is hilarious!"
    - Daily Californian

"Hilarious, insightful & engaging!"
    - WBAI 99.5FM NYC

"Nguyen is multi-faceted. Her tale is beautifully drawn."
    - SF Theater Blog

"Hysterically comical!"

"My favorite part of Nguyen's work is the character complexity. So often in performance art, a character exists only to serve a purpose in the script. Thao's characters are fully human."
    - Kimberly Dark, Solo Performer and Poet
      2 time winner of Curve Magazine's
      "Top Ten Performances of the Year"

"Thao P. Nguyen is a force to be reckoned with. She is smart and funny and her solo show is a ride worth taking. And, did I mention, she is really smart and really funny?!"
    - Bill Bowers, Solo Performer and Mime Artist
      Played 'Zazu' in the Broadway production of The Lion King

"Nguyen's work pierced my heart/made me had'ta call my Momma. These are stories I've been hungry to experience. Progressive/deeply human/and funny as all get out. Can't wait to see the show again!"
    - Sharon Bridgforth, Solo Performer and Writer
      Lambda Literary Award Winner
      Author of "the bull-jean stories" (RedBone Press)

"Thao artfully weaves together powerful personal stories and nuanced understandings of critical theory in a show that is deeply moving and incredibly funny."
    - Dr. Amy Kilgard, Solo Performer and Educator
      Professor of Performance and Communication Studies
      San Francisco State University



Stage Werx Theatre (View)
446 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Other > Political
Social > LGBT

Minimum Age: 15
Kid Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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