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 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.
is a performance artist, comedian, writer and elected representative who has been presented internationally across North America, the UK, Hong Kong and Africa. Her rap career in post-conflict Northern Uganda was the subject of THE WONG STREET JOURNAL which toured the US, Canada and Lagos, Nigeria. Her long running show WONG FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST looked at the high rates of depression and suicide among Asian American women and is now a concert film. She currently serves as the elected representative of Wilshire Center Koreatown Sub-district 5 Neighborhood Council, the subject of her show KRISTINA WONG FOR PUBLIC OFFICE. KRISTINA WONG, SWEATSHOP OVERLORD premiered off Broadway at New York Theater Workshop (Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show). She is developing a new work as Artist-in-Residence at ASU Gammage.Kristina Wong Playwright/Performer
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
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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