With a very serious political season in our rearview mirror, perhaps it’s time to take a lighter look at elections and campaigning, as San Diego Repertory Theatre offers Kristina Wong for Public Office.
Written and performed by Wong – an artist-in-residence at San Diego International Airport – directed by Diana Wyenn, and devised by Wong and Wyenn, the comedic one-woman show confronts the realities of American democracy and local politics.
Each show will stream live on Zoom from Wong’s apartment first on at 7 p.m. Friday, and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets are available at sdrep.org at “Pay What You Can” prices.
Wong, a performance artist, comedian, political activist and satirist, really ran for the Neighborhood Council in the Koreatown section of Los Angeles – and won.
“Wong is incredibly personal, full of welcoming insights about American democracy in action, and a blast to hang out with in her apartment, says San Diego REP Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse.
Wong’s take, not surprisingly, is irreverent. She presents a “Public Office Menu,” a buffet of dishes includes the Black Lives Matter Platter and the Universal Basic Income Fries.
Her interactive, comedic performance mashes up campaign rallies, church revivals and solo theater shows to spur a discussion of the history of voting, what it means to run for local office and the impact artists can have on democracy.
The Los Angeles Times called her energy in the show, “miraculous,” adding that it provides “ironic commentary that captures our national muddles in the squabbles of a neighborhood bureaucracy.”
In addition to the U.S., Wong has performed in the UK, Hong Kong and Africa. She’s also been a guest on Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show” and FX’s “Totally Biased w/ W. Kamau Bell”. She is published in “Contemporary Plays by Women of Color” (Routledge).
Her work with the airport focuses on “the site as a literal purgatory in a border town.”
During the pandemic, she also founded and leads the Auntie Sewing Squad, a national volunteer network of hundreds of women of color who have been sewing free cloth face masks for the most vulnerable communities.
– Staff reports