Brava presents Kristina Wong’s THE WONG STREET JOURNAL
Thur-Sat, April 7-9
The new solo theater work written and performed by comedian/performance artist KRISTINA WONG and directed by Emily Mendelsohn tells the story of how Wong, as a not-so-white savior, became a hip-hop star in Northern Uganda. Wong combines self-skewering personal narrative with hilarious interrogation of America’s legacy on the rest of the world.
One of Salon.com and Alternet’s “10 Best Moments in Political Comedy“
Kristina Wong was recently featured in the New York Times’ Off Color series “highlighting artists of color who use humor to make smart social statements about the sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious ways that race plays out in America today.” She is a performance artist, comedian and writer who has created five solo shows and one ensemble play that have toured throughout the United States and UK. Her most notable touring show- “Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” looked at the high rates of depression and suicide among Asian American women and toured to over 40 venues since 2006 and is now a broadcast quality film distributed by documentary juggernaut, Cinema Libre Studios. She’s been a commentator for American Public Media’s Marketplace, PBS, Jezebel, xoJane, Playgirl Magazine, Huffington Post and 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. Her work has been awarded with grants from Creative Capital, The Map Fund, Center for Cultural Innovation, the Durfee Foundation, National Performance Network, five Artist-in-Residence grants from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and a residency from the MacDowell Colony. Kristina has twice given the commencement speech at UCLA, her alma mater. On television, she’s been on General Hospital, Nickelodeon’s “Nicky Ricky Dicky and Dawn,” and Myx TV’s “I’m Asian American and Want Reparations for Yellow Fever.” She spent a month in Northern Uganda researching that show and recording“Mzungu Price” a rap album with local rappers.