Mizel Museum is Proud to Support Aurora Fox Theatre’s Presentation of “Mekong Joe”
“Mekong Joe” is an all-ages, dramatic and emotional live theater presentation of the true story of Joseph Tran Thanh Hai Wandell, performed by Joe himself. Joe, 6, and his brother, 9, each fathered by different American GIs, are put up for adoption by their mother to escape Vietnam during the fall of Saigon because she feared for their safety. Adopted by an American couple in Baltimore who were less than great at parenting, Joe leaves the house at 18 to find himself in Hollywood where his Amer-Asian appearance leads to him to being cast as a Latino “gang banger” in feature films and on TV. Thirty years after the war, on NBC’s Dateline, Joe and his brother were tearfully reunited with their birth mother in Vietnam, at the very airport where they dodged sniper fire as children while literally running for their lives. Joe Wandell telling his own amazing life story makes for compelling drama relating to the human side of the Vietnam War. That Joe Wandell the actor is funny and likeable while presenting his story makes “Mekong Joe” more than living history; it’s an evening of theater that speaks to our shared humanity.
August 10 & 11, 7:30pm
August 12, 2:00pm
August 17 & 18, 7:30pm
August 19, 2:00pm
Aurora Fox Theatre Black Box Space
9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora CO