D’Lo, OPM, Lan Tran and Kristina Wong
October 28, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007, 8- 9:30pm/ Barnsdall Gallery Theatre (Barnsdall Art Park, )
Free post-show reception with live visuals by VJ Fader 9:30-11pm
Featuring: D’Lo, OPM, Lan Tran and Kristina Wong
Curated by Viet Le, Yong Soon Min and Leta Ming
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Described as a “jolt of creative and comedic energy”, D’Lo is a Tamil Sri Lankan-American, political theatre artist/writer and music producer, currently causing the most trouble in . D’Lo’s work is a part of the vibrant tapestry that sheds light on many of the issues of our modern day society; brutality, justice, , sexuality, political and social unrest and division along ethnic and gender lines. D’Lo is a teaching artist and has performed and held workshops extensively throughout the US and , United Kingdom , , , and .
D’Lo’s career work has included being part of several performance groups (Artwallah, Great Leap, Arpana Dance Company, Mujeres de Maiz); working closely with diverse youth as a teaching artist; establishing herself as both a solo and collaborative performer and being published in various magazines and anthologies.
D’Lo began developing talents as a student of the piano at the age of three and since then, has been instructed in vina and percussion. Using Hip Hop as a guide, D’Lo formed the foundation for her creative activism. D’Lo has also collaborated with various dancers and dance companies, combining and drawing parallels between Bharatha Natyam and Hip Hop.
D’Lo holds a BA from UCLA in Ethnomusicology and is a graduate of ‘s School of Audio Engineering (SAE).
In 2004, D’Lo had a sold-out NYC run of her first play “Ballin With My Bois” a queer hip hop theater piece. Currently, D’Lo is 1 of 3 “Spotlight Stealerz”, a theatre/comedy group alongside Alison De La Cruz and Adelina Anthony. www.dlocokid. com www.myspace. com /dlocokid Check out D’Lo: http://www.asa. munichmasala. de/dlo.htm
Leory Chin, Roger Tang and David Kobayashi originally founded OPM (Open People’s Minds) in in 1996. The group moved to in 2001 and added stand-up to its comedy production in 2002.
OPM has performed in , , and winning awards along the way: 2002 Best of the , 2002-2005 Best Box Office at the , and 1st place three years in a row at the 2002-2005 SketchOff Competitions. OPM has also been a regularly invited guest performer at the L.A. Fest of Sketch for the past five years with Ewan Chung and Charles Kim as the headlining producers. Last year, their production “Get Laughs or Die Tryin’,” which skewers celebrities such as , North Korean dictator Kim Jong-II and Bobby Flay, won “Best Sketch Comedy” at the 2006 Fringe Fest. OPM also is featured in “Telemongol,” a nationally-touring sketch comedy production directed by award-winning television director Henry Chan. http://www.opmcomed y.com http://www.myspace. com/opmcomedy
Award-winning writer/performer Lan Tran has more library cards than credit cards, loves traveling to places where you’re not supposed to drink the water, and knows how to jimmy a parking meter. Her work has been featured on NPR and presented at numerous off-Broadway theaters, New York City Hall , the Waking Up American (Seal Press, 2005) and Falling Backwards: Stories of Fathers and Daughters (Hourglass Books, 2004). She is a 2005 recipient of the PEN/Rosenthal Fellowship, was a finalist for the Heideman award, a recipient of the York Prize as well as residency fellowships from Hedgebrook, the Ragdale Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center and the Center for the Creative Arts. Concert Hall’s REDCAT Theater, the Ford Theatre, and universities across the country. Lan’s first solo show, ‘How to Unravel Your Family,” played to a sold-out audience in the Theater-sponsored American Living Room Festival. She has published fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry in literary journals and, most recently, “Lone Stars,” a tale about her Vietnamese-Texan upbringing in
The off-Broadway premiere of Lan’s latest solo show “Elevator/Sex” at the West End Theatre was deemed “moving and provocative” by NY Arts Magazine. “Elevator/Sex” which emotionally links the experiences of 9/11 survivors with those who have been sexually abused, follows five individuals. What do a pickpocket, immigrant mother, professional hugger, surfer, and bridesmaid have in common? In relating their storiesat times horrific, at others oddly humorousultimately a message of hope is conveyed. www.lantranonline. com/index. html
is a nationally presented solo performer, writer, actor, educator, activist, and filmmaker born and raised in and living in Los Angeles . The East Bay Express describes her as “Brutal but hilarious a woman who takes life’s absurdities very seriously.” Noted for her quirky, culture-jamming, and subversive tactics, Kristina takes an offbeat artistic approach to activism that upstages the strangeness of our times. Kristina recently received the Creative Capital Grant in Theater and a Creation Fund from the National Performance Network to develop her third full-length solo show “Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” exploring the remarkably high incidence of mental illness among Asian American women in a world more nuts than we are. The show premieres this December as part of La Pena Cultural Center’s “Community Action Series” in , funded in part from the NEA. Her first solo show, “Miss Chinatown 2nd Runner Up” was commissioned by the TeAda New Works Festival and was an LA Times “Best Bet.” She is also completing a novel started with the PEN Rosenthal Emerging Voices Fellowship. Her spoof mail order bride website is www.bigbadchinesema ma.com.
Her work has garnered press from outlets that include , , East Bay Express, LA Weekly, SF ExaminerPBS Bookshow, CHUM TV on Canadian Network Television, BUST, Ms. Magazine, Bitch Magazine, the International Channel, and an upcoming PBS/ NAATA funded documentary by Daisy Lin Shapiro.
Other grants and awards include the Durfee ARC grant, a mini-commission from the Mark Taper Forum’s Asian Theater Workshop, an O’Connor Scholar Award from the Davis Putter Foundation, a DBD scholarship from the Rachel Rosenthal Company, and a Hothouse Residency from UCLA. www.kristinasherylw ong.com
Post-show reception with live visuals by VJ Fader
VJ Fader is a visual artist who projects found movie clips and original animations onto buildings, people, and even trees, transforming almost any surface into a surrealist’s canvas. To preview his work, please visit www.vjfader. com
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Sponsored in part by Korean Cultural Center , ; City Council President Eric Garcetti; Laugh Factory; and Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association.