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Kristina Wong for Public Office

Available Until November 29 at 11:59pm PT

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About Kristina Wong for Public Office

Kristina Wong is an actual elected representative of Koreatown, Los Angeles. But before she created a raucous show about her current stint in Public Office, she was a scrappy performance artist with a bright future in reality television. The system she used to ridicule is now the one she’s become. Is she more effective as a performance artist or a politician? Can she Abolish ICE? Is there actually a difference between performance art and politics?

Kristina Wong for Public Office is a 75 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.

“An entertainer, public speaker, educator, and performance artist, Kristina Wong can now add public servant to her long resume. Wong has always addressed fraught social themes in her work, but now she is actively dedicated to making social change, as she freely blurs the lines between artist, activist and elected political representative.” —LA WEEKLY, Best of Los Angeles Arts Issue

Kristina Wong for Public Office was made possible by a 2019 Center Theatre Group Sherwood Award and a 2018 City of Los Angeles Career Artist (COLA) Fellowship.

About Kristina Wong

Kristina Wong is a performance artist, comedian and writer who has been presented internationally across North America, the UK, Hong Kong and Africa. Most recently, her solo theatre show “The Wong Street Journal” was presented by the US Consulate in Lagos, Nigeria. Her commentaries have appeared on American Public Media’s Marketplace, PBS, VICE, Jezebel, Playgirl Magazine, Huffington Post and CNN. She’s been awarded artist residencies from the MacDowell Colony, New York Theatre Workshop and Ojai Playwrights Festival. Her work has been awarded with grants from Creative Capital, The MAP Fund, Center for Cultural Innovation, National Performance Network and a COLA Master Artist Fellowship from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. She is the artist-in-residence at the San Diego Airport where she is exploring the site as a literal purgatory in a border town. She is also currently the artist-in-residence at the Dream Resource Center working with undocumented immigrants and their allies on an original theatre piece.

Kristina Wong is a member of the newly formed CTG Creative Collective, a dozen inspiring, innovative and highly collaborative artists shaping the contours of the theatrical landscape of the future.

Kristina Wong received the 2019 Dorothy and Richard E. Sherwood Award, Center Theatre Group’s $10,000 award supporting boundary-pushing artists.


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DIGITAL STAGE+

$10 (or free for members)

Premieres Friday, October 30, 2020, 8:00pm PT
Expires on Sunday, November 29, 11:59pm PT
(video will remain available to watch until November 30 at 2am PT)

KRISTINA WONG FOR PUBLIC OFFICE
Written and performed by Kristina Wong
Directed by Diana Wyenn
Devised by Kristina Wong and Diana Wyenn

Dramaturgy by Diana Wyenn
Scenic, Costumes and Props by Kristina Wong
Sound by Mark McClain Wilson

A raucous comedic performance & theatrical experience

Kristina Wong for Public Office is filmed Live at the KDT exclusively for the Digital Stage

Presented in partnership with The Broad Stage

TOTAL RUN TIME: 75 minutes (pausable)

Photo by Annie Lesser Courtesy of Kristina Wong/Center Theatre Group