The Wong Street Journal
Written and performed by Kristina Wong
Directed by Emily Mendelsohn
A new solo theater work written and performed by performance artist and comedian Kristina Wong, combining self-skewering personal narrative with a hilarious interrogation of America's legacy on the rest of the world.
The Wong Street Journal tells the true story of how Wong, as a not-so-white savior, became a hip hop star in Northern Uganda. Part plushy TED lecture, part amateur hip-hop extravaganza, and part travelogue, The Wong Street Journal breaks down the complexities of global poverty, privilege and economic theory using uneasy-to-read charts, live hashtag wars, and riveting slideshows from post-conflict Northern Uganda. All of this plays against an all felt version of the New York Stock Exchange that Wong sewed with her own hands.
The Wong Street Journal is the creation of San Francisco-based performance artist, comedian and writer Kristina Wong. The award-winning Wong has been a commentator for American Public Media’s Marketplace, PBS, and Jezebel, among others and was recently featured in the New York Times’ Off Color series “highlighting artists of color who use humor to make smart social statements about the sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious ways that race plays out in America today.”
With a limited two-night run, audiences are encouraged to get their tickets early for this show that critics are calling “extremely entertaining,” “hilarious,” and “deeply thought-provoking.”
LOOK: Performance Photos by Sean Smuda
WATCH: 5 Minute Excerpt from The Wong Street Journal
DIG DEEPER ...
Wong Street Journal Workshop
March 7 | Monday | 4:30-6PM | Free
Join San Francisco-based humorist Kristina Wong for a workshop exploring humor as a means of social commentary. Open to students and beginning level artists. The Workshop is free, but registration by March 2nd is recommended. REGISTER
Opening Night Discussion + Reception
March 11 | Friday | Immediately following the Friday Performance | Included with your ticket
Stick around after the opening night performance for a special post-play discussion with Kathy Mouacheupao and Kristina Wong. A reception complete with snacks and music to follow.
Chat & Chew with Guest Artist Kristina Wong
March 12 | Saturday | Immediately following the Friday Performance | Included with your ticket
Join us following Saturday’s performance for a chance to mingle with Kristina Wong and informally dig into The Wong Street Journal over sweet treats.
“Wong Street Journal” promises whip smart social commentary, a deep earnestness underneath LA-bred irony, and outrageous humor… The show maintains its hilarity and accessibility without ever talking down to its audience. Wong Street Journal is absolutely worth seeing.”
– Hyphen Magazine
“It deserves wider exposure….it’s the kind of politically focused theater that not only makes you think and question your own preconceptions but also have a great time doing it."
- San Francisco Chronicle
“known for addressing issues of class and poverty and oppression head-on, intelligently and with humor and energy” – SF Weekly
“simultaneously hilarious and deeply thought-provoking” - Reappropriate
“extremely entertaining" - TheBroadwayBlog
CHECK IT OUT
Wong Street Journal In the News:
SFGate Kristina Wong’s Quirky, Funny ‘Journal’ Journey | Robert Hurwitt
Hyphen Magazine “Wong Street Journal” and the Value of Activism| Ari Laurel
Reappropriate Acting Up & Acting Out: The Wondrous Work of Kristina Wong
The Broadway Blog Review: Kristina Wong’s ‘The Wong Street Journal’by Jim Gladstone
BlogHer Kristina Wong Takes on Race and Hashtag Activism in Her One-Woman Show ‘The Wong Street Journal’ by Grace Hwang Lynch
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Kristina Wong was recently featured in the New York Times’ Off Color series “highlighting artists of color who use humor to make smart social statements about the sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious ways that race plays out in America today.” She is a performance artist, comedian and writer who has created five solo shows and one ensemble play that have toured throughout the United States and UK. Her most notable touring show– “Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” looked at the high rates of depression and suicide among Asian American women and toured to over 40 venues since 2006. It’s now a broadcast quality film distributed by documentary juggernaut, Cinema Libre Studios. (More at www.flyingwong.com). She’s been a commentator for American Public Media’s Marketplace, PBS, Jezebel, xoJane, Playgirl Magazine, Huffington Post and a guest on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, FXX’s “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell,” Al Jazeera’s “The Stream” and AM Tonight on Fusion TV. Her work has been awarded with grants from Creative Capital, The Map Fund, Center for Cultural Innovation, the Durfee Foundation, National Performance Network, five Artist-in-Residence grants from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and a residency from the MacDowell Colony. Kristina has twice given the commencement speech at UCLA, her alma mater. On television, she’s been on General Hospital, Nickelodeon’s “Nicky Ricky Dicky and Dawn,” and Myx TV’s “I’m Asian American and Want Reparations for Yellow Fever.” Her newest solo show “The Wong Street Journal” navigates privilege and economic disparity and premieres in June 2015. She spent a month in Northern Uganda researching that show and recording“Mzungu Price” a rap album with local rappers. Kristina’s mail order bride website is www.bigbadchinesemama.com. This Fall, she is a guest professor at Cal Arts in the MFA Creative Writing Program.
The Wong Street Journalis commissioned by San Francisco's Circuit Network with support from a 2012 Playwright Commissioning Award funded by the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The Wong Street Journal is a National Performance Network Creation Fund Project made possible from a joint commission through Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, VT, Circuit Network in San Francisco, Miami Light Project and the REDCAT. The Wong Street Journal was created with the support of the Sally and Don Lucas Artists Program at Montalvo Arts Center It is also made possible through a matching gift grant through the Center for Cultural Innovation’s ARC Matching Gifts Program pilot and individual donors.
Intermedia Arts is a NPN Partner of the National Performance Network (NPN). This project is made possible in part by support from the NPN Performance Residency Program. Major contributors nclude the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information: www.npnweb.org
This performance is also made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota
A Part of Intermedia Arts' Catalyst Series