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Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord

A Co-Production with East West Players

February 12 – March 12, 2023

Kirk Douglas Theatre
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Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord

Critic’s Pick! A spiky comic tonic for gloom. Selflessness and human connection are dominant themes of this narrative. Sweatshop Overlord is about mothers and daughters and heritage and how at a time of horrific anti-Asian bigotry and violence in this country, some of those women harnessed perennially undervalued skills for an urgent common good. Amid corrosive cultural discord, they acted with a kind of ferocious grace.

On Day 3 of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kristina Wong began sewing masks out of old bed sheets and bra straps on her Hello Kitty sewing machine. Before long, she was leading the Auntie Sewing Squad, a work-from-home sweatshop of hundreds of volunteers—including children and her own mother—to fix the U.S. public health care system while in quarantine. It was a feminist care utopia forming in the midst of crisis. Or was it a mutual aid doomsday cult?

As the demand for masks abated and we began to return safely to space, Pulitzer Prize finalist Kristina began to put her life together post-pandemic cult leadership. With hilarity and boundless generosity, she invited the audience in on her work building community in isolation, while reflecting on what we’d been through and imagining what we wanted to become in this Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle award winner for Outstanding Solo Show.

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Written & Performed by Kristina Wong
Directed by Chay Yew
A Co-Production with East West Players
With additional support from the Skirball Cultural Center

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The performance length is 90 minutes with no intermission.

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