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Tuồng Thương khó (Play of Passion)– the first modern theatrical manuscript by Vietnamese playwrighter

Vo Van Nhon, Dinh Pham Phuong Thao

University of Social Sciences and Humanities National University Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

 

Abstract

The first Vietnamese bishop, Nguyen Ba Tong, composed Tuong Thuong kho (Play of Passion) based on Jesus’s Passion narrated in The Old Testament. The manuscript was first published in 1912. Very different from Vietnamese traditional theatrical manuscripts, Tuong Thuong kho followed the style of Western classical play in structure and daily-life language. Therefore, it can be considered the first modern play written in Quocngu characters by a Vietnamese writer. 

Keywords: Tuong Thuong kho, modern manuscript, Quocngu characters

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