Don Nguyen’s Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth is a comedy about conception and deep-space travel. As partners Betsy and Shoshana try to have a baby, friends William and Freddy try to ensure Voyager 1 makes it to interstellar space. With careers on the line and life choices looming, when is the right time to go all in? Jade King Carroll directs this world premiere. Nguyen was part of The Realm’s Writing Fellowship in the 2012-13 Season.
Don Nguyen’s plays have been developed or produced at The Public Theater, New York Stage and Film, Naked Angels, The Civilians, Ojai Playwrights Conference, The Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the 52nd Street Project, 2G, Ma-Yi, The Living Newspaper, Naked Radio, and The Shelterbelt Theatre. Don is the recipient of New York Stage and Film's Founders Award for his play The Man From Saigon. He has also been nominated for the L. Arnold Weissberger Award, been a finalist for the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Don is a member of the New York Public Theater’s Inaugural Emerging Writers Group, The Civilians Inaugural R&D Group, Ma-Yi Writers Lab and is the co-founder of Mission to (dit)Mars, a theater arts collective in Queens.
The daughter of the trumpeter and composer Baikida Carroll, Jade King Carroll accompanied her father to the Public Theater in Manhattan as a child, where he scored Lois Elaine Griffith’s White Sirens at the request of Joseph Papp, and to the McCarter Theater in Princeton, N.J., where he wrote, with Emily Mann and Ntozake Shange, and scored the musical Betsey Brown. After graduating from SUNY-New Paltz, where she majored in theater directing, she moved to New York City and quickly won an internship with the Women’s Project. Since then, she has compiled credits with the McCarter, New Dramatists, Primary Stages, Playwrights Realm, 24 Hour Plays, and New Jersey Rep. In 2010, she served as artistic associate at Second Stage Theater. Jade recently directed Emily Mann's Having Our Say at the Long Wharf Theatre, and will be directing the development of Running on Fire by Aurin Squire at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Conference prior to her work with BAPF.