Kristina Wong: Sweatshop Overlord
Global crises require innovation. In her new show, born from the COVID-19 pandemic, Kristina Wong details how she went from out-of-work performance artist to overlord of a homemade face mask empire in just ten days! With her trademark wit, she explores how she was able to build a sweatshop of hundreds of volunteer “Aunties” (which includes the labor of children and her own mother!) to fix the Public Health care system while in quarantine. The program can be presented as a virtual monologue as well as an interactive panel discussion and demonstration.
It’s like the story of the American Dream, except it’s really a scathing critique of how America’s pursuit of global empire has left us scrambling to provide basic Personal Protection Equipment to essential workers and ill prepared to keep citizens healthy. It also looks at the significance of Asian American women and Women of Color performing this historically gendered and racialized invisible labor. The monologue unfolds during a time when backlash against Asian Americans is at an all time high.
The program can be presented as a monologue (in person or online) as well as an interactive panel discussion and demonstration.
Reality Television, Political Theater, and Social Change
Kristina Wong is a performance artist, comedian and elected representative whose work onstage and in politics is informed by an obsessive knowledge of the reality television format. How does reality tv explain where we are today? What tropes from this genre have now surfaced in how we think, make decisions and move in the world?
In this talk she will describe her research, brushes with reality television and how she’s played with the form in her activism and art for the benefit of social justice.
Kristina Wong for Public Office
Kristina Wong is an actual elected representative of Koreatown, Los Angeles and Kristina Wong for Public Office is a 65 minute comedic performance that crosses the aesthetics of campaign rallies, church revivals, and solo theater shows to tell the story of what it means to run for local office, the history of voting, and the impact artists can have on democracy. The show comments on the real anxiety of the state of our democracy by touring alongside the debates, shenanigans, and rallies leading up to the November 2020 election. It’s a show that will get audiences amped up about civic engagement, get them registered to vote, and give civic organizations a chance to partner with your venue. The show plays against a charming handsewn felt set designed and created by Kristina Wong.
Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Kristina share clips from her landmark show “Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” a show looking at the high rates of depression and suicide among Asian American women that she toured for eight years across the country. With her trademark humor and wit, she shares some insight on these statistics and what she learned in the process of touring this work.
The Wong Street Journal
A solo theater work written and performed by performance artist and comedian Kristina Wong. Part plushy TED lecture, part amateur hip-hop extravaganza, and part travelogue, The Wong Street Journal breaks down the complexities of global poverty, privilege and economic theory using uneasy-to-read charts, live hashtag wars, and riveting slideshows from post-conflict Northern Uganda. Wong tells the story of how she as a not-so-white savior, became a hip-hop star in Northern Uganda. Wong combines self-skewering personal narrative with a hilarious interrogation of America’s legacy on the rest of the world. All of this plays against an all-felt version of the New York Stock Exchange that Wong sewed with her own hands.
Can you challenge political apathy, mental health, and income inequality and STILL LAUGH? Sure you can! Kristina will show you!
She’s been a commentator for American Public Media’s Marketplace, PBS, Jezebel, xoJane, Playgirl Magazine, and the Huffington Post, and has been a guest on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, FXX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, Al Jazeera’s “The Stream”, and AM Tonight on Fusion TV. She recently had a pilot presentation with Lionsgate for truTV. Her work has been awarded with grants from Creative Capital, The MAP Fund, the Center for Cultural Innovation, the Durfee Foundation, the National Performance Network, six Artist-in-Residence grants, and a COLA Master Artist Fellowship from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
In 2017, she was named one of the “YBCA 100″ celebrating the innovators, provocateurs, and thought leaders who are using their platforms to create cultural movements. She also received the Focus Award from Kearny Street Workshop for her unique contribution to amplifying the APA community’s collective voice within American culture. She’s been awarded residencies from the MacDowell Colony, the New York Theater Workshop, the Ojai Playwrights Festival, the Montalvo Center for the Arts, Hermitage, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts.
On television, she’s been on General Hospital, Nickelodeon’s Nicky Ricky Dicky and Dawn, and Myx TV’sI’m Asian American and Want Reparations for Yellow Fever. She is currently touring “The Wong Street Journal” which navigates white privilege as an Asian American “Mzungu” in East Africa. She spent a month in Northern Uganda recording a hit rap album Mzungu Pricewith local rappers and doing research for that show. Kristina’s mail-order bride website is www.bigbadchinesemama.com. She has taught at Cal Arts in the MFA Creative Writing Program and twice given the commencement speech at UCLA, her alma mater. Her newest show is titled “Kristina Wong for Public Office” and is a campaign-style comedic performance that will leave guests questioning the present state of politics and campaign methods.
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When Political Theater Ditches the Disguises of FictionWhen Kristina Wong asks that question in her one-woman show “Kristina Wong for Public Office,” streamable through Nov. 29 from the Center Theater Group, she isn’t just referring to the…
Theater to Stream: Kristina Wong Runs for Office and ‘Oedipus El Rey’Watch a theater maker’s story of becoming an elected official, Greek tragedies transposed to Chicano America and Daniel Kitson’s tour of the ghostly empty theaters of Britain.
COMEDIAN KRISTINA WONG’S STAGED MEMOIR OF THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS CAPS OFF 2020’S TUMULTUOUS POLITICAL SEASONKristina Wong is running for public office. Well, actually, she already did: the performance artist and comedian is a member of the Wilshire Center Koreatown Sub-district 5 Neighborhood Council, a…
Kristina Wong talks race, gender and comedy in electoral politicsKristina Wong delivered the final performance of her virtual tour, “Kristina Wong for Public Office.”
Kristina Wong for Public Office PremieresLive from the KDT launches with the multicamera virtually staged production of "Kristina Wong for Public Office" premiering online October 30 at 8pm Pacific and continuing on demand through November…
Kristina Wong: pushing the envelope on race, rights and AmericaWong doesn’t just defy Asian stereotypes – she destroys them.