Incisive writer and performer Kristina Wong mixes sharp humor and shaky psychology in Wong Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, a semiautobiographical, seriocomic quest for a cheap fix to eradicate depression, anxiety, and all-out neuroses. The show will be performed in the Blanchard Campus Center Great Room Saturday, March 31, at 7:30 pm. It is free and open to the public.
Wong is a solo performer, writer, actor, educator, activist, and filmmaker who's been described by the East Bay Express as "brutal but hilarious... a woman who takes life's absurdities very seriously." Her body of performance work includes short and full-length solo performance works, outrageous street theater stunts and pranks, subversive Internet installations, and plays and sketch comedy. She was recently awarded the Creative Capital Award in Theater and a Creation Fund grant from the National Performance Network to create her third full-length solo show, Wong Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest. She is completing a novel started with a PEN USA Rosenthal Emerging Voices Fellowship. As a community activist and educator, Wong teaches performance and writing workshops. Wong also was selected as an American delegate by the Korea Multi-Cultural Leadership program in 2005 to dialogue with Korea's community, educational, and governmental leaders.
Noted for her quirky, culture-jamming, and subversive tactics, Wong takes an offbeat artistic approach to activism that upstages the strangeness of our times. In addition to stage performance, she has created a series of site-specific performance pranks and installations that reinterpret everything from Homeland Security to Asian sororities and the Miss Chinatown Pageant.
Wong's performance is sponsored by AASIA, the Office of Student Programs, and Asian/Asian American Heritage Month.