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Confessions of a Lazy Hmong Woman
Written by May Lee-Yang    
Performed by May Lee Yang, Phasoua Vang, and Souvan Samuel Lee
Directed by Robert Karimi

Performance Run: Friday-Sunday, March 4-6 & 11-13, 2011 at 8PM

Tickets: $10 advance, students, seniors | $12 door
For tickets and info, call or email: 612.871.4444 or Info@IntermediaArts.org

A lazy Hmong woman is not supposed to exist. A lazy Hmong woman is like a vegan omelet, a virgin Long Island Iced Tea, or perhaps a poor person of color who is a Republican. But just as these things exist, so does a lazy Hmong woman. This performance piece charts one woman’s journey as she discovers The Rules for Being Good Hmong Girl, how to balance being a feminist and having a relationship with a Hmong man, as well as lessons learned from the not-so-lazy women in her life.  

$10 advance, students, seniors | $12 door
Purchase advance tickets online, or over the phone by calling (612) 871-4444

Pre-sold tickets are available for pick-up through will call at Intermedia Arts on each performance evening. If tickets are not claimed 15 minutes after the scheduled start time of the performance, the unclaimed tickets may be released to a waiting list.


May Lee-Yang (playwright, performer) is a playwright, poet, prose writer, and performance artist aspiring to get paid for it. She has been hailed by Twin Cities Metro Magazineas “on the way to becoming one of the most powerful and colorful voices in local theater.” Her theater-based  works include Sia(b)(Mu Performing Arts, the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent, and Kaotic Good Productions), Ten Reasons Why I’d Be a Bad Porn Star(Illusion Theater), Stir-Fried Pop Culture (The Center for Hmong Arts and Talent), and The Child’s House(Intermedia Arts). Her writing has been published in Bamboo Among the Oaks: Contemporary Writing by Hmong Americans, The Saint Paul Almanac, Water~Stone Literary Review, Jade Magazine, and others. She has received grants and fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Performance Network, the Midwestern Voices and Visions Residency Award, the Playwright Center, and the Loft Literary Center. She is a co-founder of The Unit, a collective of emerging playwrights of color, and sits on the planning committee for the 2011 APIA National Spoken Word Summit. In her 9-5 life, she works as the Executive Director of Hmong Arts Connection (HArC) based in St. Paul, MN. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. www.lazyhmongwoman.com.

Phasoua Vang (performer) Phasoua Vang is from St. Paul, MN. Though born in Omaha, Phasoua spent most of her childhood in Visalia, CA where she got her first role. She played the Momma Pig in her first grade class' retelling of the classic, The Three Little Pigs. More recent performances include West Side on the South Side (West Side Theater Project), Hmoob-land (Kaotic Goods Production and The Center for Hmong Arts and Talent), Stir Fried Pop Culture (The Center for Hmong Arts and Talent) and Hmong Tiger Tales (Mu Perfoming Arts). When she is not acting she may be found at the library, tutoring, traveling or drawing on the sidewalk with her niece and nephews.

Souvan Samuel Lee (performer) A current 3rd year undergraduate student at the University of MN majoring in Political Science, Souvan has enjoyed his experience with the performing arts.  Much to his disappointment however, he's only discovered how much he enjoys theater recently.  Throughout his life, he's had stage fright and has hesitated to enter the stage.  It was at St. Paul Central high school where he came out of his shell and discovered the wonderful world of theater with Jan Mandell's Central Touring Theater and the school spring play.  Since then, he's always excited when performing opportunities arise, that is if they don't conflict with his schooling.  Souvan is 21 years old, is of Hmong descent, and is the second eldest of 5 kids.

Robert Farid Karimi (director) is an interdisciplinary playwright, poet, multimedia humorist, and storycook originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. A Creative Capital recipient, a National Poetry Slam Champion, and a Def Poetry Jam poet, he has been performing for over 20 years. He is the creator of the critically acclaimed works:Self (the remix), Farid Mercuryand the live comedy cooking experience: The Cooking Show con Karimi y Comrades; his performances have fed audiences across the Americas in theatres, grocery stores, backyards, and even off Broadway. In 2009, he represented the city of Los Angeles at the largest international bookfair of Spanish Lit, la Feria del Libro Internacional in Guadalajara, Mexico. Karimi has been published and recorded internationally, most recently in Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip Hop, edited by Jeff Chang. He also creates, develops and directs ensemble-based interdisciplinary performances. Projects include: Hmoob-land, a project that combined anime, pop culture & documentary theater to explore Hmong stereotypes; Playing With Our Food, an organic youth performance workshop about what we consume. A UCLA graduate, Karimi has received awards for his work from the NEA, Illinois Humanities Council, Minnesota State Arts Board and NPN. Wanna see him perform: kaoticgood.com

A National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund project co-commissioned by OutNorth Theater in partnership with Kaotic Good Productions and NPN