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Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord
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Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord

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About Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord

On Day 3 of the COVID-19 pandemic, NYTW Usual Suspect 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. NYTW Usual Suspect Chay Yew (The Architecture of Loss, Oedipus El Rey) directs.

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Comedian, writer, performance artist and elected representative Kristina Wong makes her off-Broadway debut at New York Theatre Workshop with the Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord play. This acclaimed artist’s new solo piece is a reflection on what we’ve been through, and an imagining of what we might hope to become. Get Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord tickets on TodayTix.

Trapped at home during the pandemic, Wong began sewing masks for first responders on her Hello Kitty sewing machine. As the lockdown continued, she built up an army of volunteers, sewing masks across the country, soon dubbed the Auntie Sewing Squad. But was the squad a feminst care utopia rescuing the U.S. public health system from disaster, or a mutual aid doomsday cult?

As the Squad’s work slows and the world comes back to life, Wong reflects on the community she built in isolation. She invites audiences into her thoughts and recollections, as she starts to put her own life back together. With warmth and humor, Wong dissects all we’ve been through together, and how we might make our new world better.

Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord is an off-Broadway play by Kristina Wong. She is a multidisciplinary artist who has toured across North America, the UK, Hong Kong and Africa. She is also an elected representative, serving on New York’s Wilshire Center Koreatown Sub-district 5 Neighborhood Council. Her work has been praised by The Guardian as “pushing the envelope on race, rights and America.” Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord tickets are available now.

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  • Wong’s longest running and most successful solo piece, Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, examined the high rates of depression and suicide among Asian-American women. It has also been made into a concert film, which was released in 2011.
  • Wong sewed thousands of masks throughout the pandemic as head of the Auntie Sewing Squad, at first making them out of old bedsheets and bra straps.
  • Wong is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect, a community of over 500 artists affiliated with and supported by the theater.
  • Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord is directed by Chay Yew, last seen in New York with the acclaimed musical Cambodian Rock Band.
  • New York Theatre Workshop is an acclaimed off-Broadway artistic hub which premiered Rent, Hadestown and Slave Play among many others.
Start date

October 25th, 2021

End date

November 21st, 2021

Genre

Play

Venue

New York Theatre Workshop

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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. With hilarity and boundless generosity, she invites the audience in on her work building community in isolation

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