Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord
A New York Theatre Workshop Residency Performance
by Kristina Wong
directed by Chay Yew
Saturday, August 21 at 4 pm
The Bentley Theater
General Admission; tickets available via the Hopkins Center Box Office
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?
As the demand for masks abates and we begin to return safely to space, Kristina is beginning to put her life together post-pandemic cult leadership. With hilarity and boundless generosity, she invites the audience in on her work building community in isolation, while reflecting on what we've been through and imagining what we want to become.
The performance will be immediately followed by a 20 minute Q&A session with the artists.
About the New York Theatre Workshop Residency at Dartmouth
New York Theatre Workshop empowers visionary theater makers and brings their work to adventurous audiences through productions, artist workshops and educational programs. Every August, the company brings their work to Dartmouth for a three-week residency, developing and performing new works-in-progress by some of today's most innovative professional playwrights and directors. This summer marks the 30th year of this remarkable partnership; over those three decades, dozens of works have been workshopped and developed at Dartmouth including Rent, The Laramie Project, Quills, An Iliad and Hadestown, which was recently honored with eight Tony Awards. Visit theater.dartmouth.edu/NYTW for more information about New York Theatre Workshop's Dartmouth Residency.