Denver actor Peter Trinh performs his one-man, one-act play "Boat Person."

(Courtesy Theatre Esprit Asia)

Editor’s Note: Theatre Esprit Asia brings back "Coming to America" for four shows this weekend at the Bas Bleu Theatre in  Fort Collins. This story first aired Jan. 9, 2017

This is a refugee story. Not from the Syrian crisis, but further back.

Peter Trinh's parents fled Vietnam in 1981, six years after the war ended there. He says they climbed onto a small fishing boat, packed with nearly 100 people and their life savings, and eventually settled in Denver.

Trinh wrote a one-act play about their plight called "Boat Person." It's part of an evening of works called "Coming to America," Theatre Esprit Asia, the state's only Asian-American theater troupe, premiered the show in the fall of 2015. Trinh is the organization's assistant artistic director.

In collaboration with Theater Company of Lafayette, "Coming to America" returns Jan. 13 - 22 at The Mary Miller Theater

Trinh spoke with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner.

Related: Theatre Esprit Asia Puts Asians Center Stage In Colorado