The story for this year's VCN was founded on the metaphor of seasons. Particularly in Vietnam, there are two mains seasons: Summer and Rain. Different in their own right and essential in their purpose, the two seasons of Vietnam represent the different phases in the life of the modern-day Vietnamese youth.
The goal of this year's production was simple: tell a story so that each and every person who watches and is a part of it can relate to it. The characters, their thoughts, their actions, their ambitions, and their fears - they pull at your heartstrings because you become reminded of someone you know or they may even make you reflect on yourself.
Although the story is rooted in representing the Vietnamese culture and voicing the stories of Vietnamese Americans, it is a coming-of-age story that is relevant from any perspective.
With Vietnamese culture being the very core of the play, it was essential to bring forth an important message through this production. This message being: If you want the things you have never had, you must be willing to do things you have never done.
In the history of the Vietnamese people, we have been faced with ongoing struggles that have been passed down in different ways from generation to generation. The struggles including the war, culture differences, generational differences, and clashing of modern and traditional Vietnamese culture.
The question becomes: What will we do differently so that we can progress in our changing society? How will we, the Vietnamese youth, change our culture of the better?
This story tests the lines between tradition and modern ideals, clearly pronouncing the Vietnamese struggles in a daring way in order to bring forth the message that the Vietnamese youth will stop at nothing to change the world - in their own way.