LA-based performance artist Kristina Wong makes her Edinburgh (Scotland) Festival Fringe debut later this summer with her show Going Green the Wong Way.
Produced by CalArts Festival Theater, the madcap show examines the pros and cons of sustainable (aka green) living though Wong's own personal experiences as an eco-warrior:
Unfortunately, the 1981 bubble gum pink Mercedes Benz she purchased—that was converted to run on vegetable oil—left her with a never-ending series of car repairs, near-death pursuits for the used cooking oil required to make it run, and an empty wallet due to the inopportune rise in the cost of fuel (vegetable oil reached over $4 a gallon back in 2008).
But it was when the car finally burst into flames on a Los Angeles freeway that Wong got inspired to not only go car-free in L.A., but to also share her hilarious triumphs and tribulations as a champion of sustainable living. Going Green The Wong Way tackles the complicated issue of going green in today’s contemporary urban environment with candid reflection and outrageous humor.
To prepare for the run at Edinburgh—the world's largest theater festival—Going Green the Wong Way is now playing in Los Angeles at the Bootleg Theater though July 22.
Wong visited CalArts School of Theater last year as a guest artist in Alice Tuan's playwriting salon. The video* posted above is the result of putting these two theater artists in front of a camera.
Going Green the Wong Way
2220 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles
Performances: Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 3 pm
Through July 22
*Some language in the video may not be suitable for all ages.
Trailer for Going Green the Wong Way