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 theatre 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.
Performance video available on demand OCT 30 at 8:00 PM (PT) until NOV 29 at 11:59 PM (PT)
Total run time: 75 minutes (pausable)
Stay tuned for soon-to-be-announced, additional events with Kristina Wong through The Broad Stage.
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.
Written and Performed by Kristina Wong
Directed and Dramaturged by Diana Wyenn
Devised by Kristina Wong and Diana Wyenn
Sound by Mark McClain Wilson
Scenic, Costumes, and Props by 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.