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 healthcare 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. Descripción en Español
Brian and Silvija Devine
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
San Diego Union-Tribune Feature: Performance artist Kristina Wong riding high as a ‘Sweatshop Overlord’ and Pulitzer Prize finalist
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“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
“A lively, fast-paced and very funny, audience-interactive production”
— San Diego Union-Tribune
“High energy…Delightfully acidic…Makes you laugh out loud for real…”
— Broadway World
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Approximate run time: 90 minutes
Content Warnings: Adult content, language, haze, strobe, and sound-tracked gunshots.
is a performance artist, actor, comedian, writer and elected representative in Koreatown Los Angeles. Following its highly acclaimed premiere at New York Theater Workshop, KRISTINA WONG: SWEATSHOP OVERLORD was a New York Times “Critic’s Pick” and won the Drama Desk, Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards for outstanding solo show. Wong was then named a Pulitzer Prize finalist in Drama (2022). Wong’s other works have been presented across North America, the UK, Hong Kong and Africa. She wrote the introduction for THE AUNTIE SEWING SQUAD GUIDE TO MASK MAKING, RADICAL CARE AND RACIAL JUSTICE, published by University of California Press. Other major projects include WONG FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, GOING GREEN THE WONG WAY, THE WONG STREET JOURNAL, and KRISTINA WONG FOR PUBLIC OFFICE.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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En el tercer día de la pandemia de COVID-19, Kristina Wong comenzó a coser cubrebocas hechas con sábanas y tirantes de sostén viejos usando su máquina de coser Hello Kitty. Al poco tiempo, estaba dirigiendo “El Equipo de Costura de las Tías” (“the Auntie Sewing Squad”), un taller de trabajo desde casa con cientos de voluntarios, incluyendo niños y su propia madre, para ayudar al sistema de salud pública de los Estados Unidos durante la cuarentena. Era una utopía feminista que se creaba en medio de la crisis. ¿O era un culto de ayuda mutua ante el fin del mundo? Con humor y generosidad sin límites, Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord invita a la audiencia a construir el trabajo en comunidad en medio del aislamiento, mientras reflexiona sobre lo hemos vivido, e imagina en lo queremos convertirnos.