The Wong Street Journal, a new solo theater work written and performed by performance artist and comedian Kristina Wong.
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. Wong tells the story of how she as a not-so-white savior, became a hip-hop star in Northern Uganda.
Wong combines self-skewering personal narrative with a hilarious interrogation of America’s legacy on the rest of the world. All of this plays against an all felt version of the New York Stock Exchange that Wong sewed with her own hands.
Kristina Wong is an internationally presented solo performer, playwright, writer, and cultural commentator who has been named “One of America’s Funniest Eco-Comedians” by Mother Nature Network. She’s written five solo shows and one full length play. Most notably, WONG FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST has toured since 2006 to over 40 venues, was made into a concert film by director Mike Closson and was recently picked up for worldwide distribution by Cinema Libre Studio. She’s been a commentator for American Public Media’s Marketplace, PBS, Jezebel, xoJane, Playgirl Magazine and a guest on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX. Her work has been awarded with grants from Creative Capital, The MAP Fund, Center for Cultural Innovation, Durfee Foundation, National Performance Network, four Artist Residencies from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and a Residency from the MacDowell Colony. Kristina received a Playwriting Commission from the Gerbode and Hewlett Foundations and a matching grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation to create THE WONG STREET JOURNAL — a new show about global poverty that will premiere in 2015.
Eventz Paul is currently the Technical Director and Productions Manager at Miami Light Project. He has been a part of this organization since 2011. He participated in Miami Light Project’s first class of the Technical Fellowship Program held at The Light Box. He joined this program hoping to improve his existing theater skills. He received training from experts in the industry that mentored and further his theater technical skills. Now, he has successfully used his professional knowledge and has had the opportunity to work with various arts organizations and venues throughout Miami including Miami Theater Center, National Young Arts Foundation, the Colony Theatre and many more. He has become an instructor and conducts audiovisual classes to incoming technical fellows.
Beth Boone has been the Artistic & Executive Director of Miami Light Project since 1998, developing critically acclaimed artistic programs that have asserted the organization as one of the leading cultural institutions in South Florida. These programs include: the establishment of Here & Now, South Florida’s most respected commission and presenting program for community-based artists; premiere presentations of internationally acclaimed; pioneering historic international cultural exchange with Cuba; and the creation of The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, a multi-use performance and visual art space in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. She previously served as Associate Director of Development for Florida Grand Opera, Deputy Director for the Department of Cultural Affairs at Miami Dade Community College, Wolfson Campus, co-founded an Off Broadway theater company (New York Rep), and served for six years as a Program Associate in the Arts & Culture Program of the AT&T Foundation. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and a MFA in Theater Arts from Brandeis University in Boston, MA.