2022/2023 Season

Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord

Pulitzer Prize Finalist

September 20 – October 16, 2022 | Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

Written and Performed by Kristina Wong

Directed by Chay Yew

On Day 3 of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kristina Wong began sewing masks out of old bedsheets 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? With hilarity and boundless generosity, she invites 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.

Just announced: Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord named a 2022 Pulitzer Prize Finalist!
WINNER! Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show
WINNER! Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance
WINNER! Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Solo Performance

“A spiky comic tonic…”
The New York Times

“In the emerging genre of pandemic theater, Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord is haute couture.”

“Wong [is] a compelling, irrepressible onstage presence”
The Wrap

ACCESS Performance (ASL interpretation): Saturday, October 8 at 2:00 pm
ACCESS Performance (Audio Description): Saturday, October 8 at 2:00 pm

ACCESS performances offer American Sign Language interpretation for patrons who are d/Deaf or hard-of-hearing and Audio Description for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Inquire with Patron Services for available ACCESS subscription series (858) 550-1010.

Cast & Creators
Image of Chay Yew Chay Yew Director

directed La Jolla Playhouse’s acclaimed production of CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND. His credits include Off-Broadway productions at The Public, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, Signature Theatre Company, Rattlestick, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Playwrights Realm, National Asian American Theatre Company, Ma-Yi Theatre. Regional: American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre, Humana Festival, Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, Seattle Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Huntington Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Victory Gardens, East West Players, Round House, Teatro Vista, Cornerstone Theater, Singapore Repertory Theatre. Opera: Tanglewood Music Center, Los Angeles Philharmonic. Awards: Obie, Craig Noel, Drama-Logue awards.

Chay Yew Director
Venue Info

Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

The Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre is a black box flexible theatre seating up to 450 patrons, and the centerpiece of the 6,500-square-foot Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center.

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