Kristina Wong for Public Office: Live from Her Home!
Thursday, September 10, 2020 7:00 p.m. ET
Written and performed by Kristina Wong
Directed and dramaturgy by Diana Wyenn
Devised by Kristina Wong and Diana Wyenn
Performance artist, comedian, and elected representative Kristina Wong is taking her raucous campaign online to arouse civic engagement and counter-hijack our democracy! An actual elected representative of Koreatown in Los Angeles, she was once a scrappy performance artist with a bright future in reality television. Now, the political system she used to ridicule is the one she’s become!!! Is she more effective as a performance artist or a politician? Is there actually a difference between performance art and politics? Can she Abolish ICE?!
This interactive, 65 minute comedic performance mashes up campaign rallies, church revivals, and solo theater shows to uncover the history of voting, what it means to run for local office, and the impact artists can have on democracy. Originally built to tour alongside the rallies leading up to the 2020 Presidential election against a charming hand-sewn felt set she sewed herself, this rally is now being broadcast live from her home to yours!
“These days electoral politics changes from day to day — hell, minute to minute. But one thing doesn’t change… Koreatown’s Wilshire Center Neighborhood Council Kristina Wong’s gift for fusing performance art with political commentary and edgy humor.” —LA WEEKLY
Sound by Mark McClain Wilson
Scenic, Costumes, and Props by Kristina Wong
Kristina Wong for Public Office has been supported by a 2019 Center Theater Group Sherwood Award and a 2018 City of Los Angeles Career Artist (COLA) Fellowship.
This performance is part of our REIMAGINE RESIDENCIES SERIES, a new residency program working with nationally-recognized artists, and dedicated to addressing contemporary social issues through performance, education, and outreach activities. More deeply, artists are asked what it means to be engaged with their art form as well as community and the public in this historical moment, and to allow that inquiry to serve as the impetus behind their residency. The Reimagine Residences Series is supported by Applewood & Loomis Communities.
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65 minutes, one-time only live event
Co-Presented with Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts