Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Kristina Wong is an solo performer, writer and cultural commentator who creates one-woman shows, and ensemble theater pieces.

Artist Bio

Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a comedic multimedia solo performance about mental illness among Asian American women. Combining monologues, movement and a host of pop culture references, Kristina Wong appropriates visual materials such as print brochures and TV advertisements dealing with mental illness, using them as comedic foils to the seriousness of the subject. Drawn from her own experience and from two years of research into the issue, Wong’s subject matter becomes the central metaphor for the changing global political climate.

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Kristina Wong

Kristina Wong

Los Angeles, CA

Kristina Wong is an solo performer, writer and cultural commentator named “One of the Seven Funniest Eco-Comedians” by Mother Nature Network. She’s created five solo shows and one ensemble play that have toured all over the world. Her most notable touring show–Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest–looked at the high rates of depression and suicide among Asian American women and has toured over 40 venues since 2006. Going Green the Wong Way is her fifth solo show about the trials and tribulations of sustainable living. She’s been a commentator for American Public Media’s Marketplace, PBS, Jezebel, xoJane.com and Playgirl Magazine. Her work has been awarded with grants from The Map Fund, Center for Cultural Innovation, the Durfee Foundation, National Performance Network, four grants from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and a residency from the MacDowell Colony. Kristina was an alumna commencement speaker at UCLA’s Department of English graduation.