Going Green the Wong WayÂ is being presented by CalArts Festival Theater this August 2012 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland– the worldâ€™s largest fringe festival.Â This show looks at the hilarious trials and tribulations of sustainable living, most notably, creator Kristina Wong’s experiences of running a car on vegetable oil, and subsequently, living in Los Angeles without a car.
â€œGoing Green the Wong WayÂ might be one of the most ridiculous shows we’ve ever seen, and we mean that in the best of waysâ€¦. Wong took a seemingly overworked topic like sustainable living and turned it into a surrealist, hilarious ride.â€Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â — Miami New Times
See the show in Los Angeles before it goes to Edinburgh!
This Kickstarter campaign is also a way for us to get the word out about the Los Angeles run of GGTWW at the Bootleg Theater June 28- July 22.Â A donation of $35 or more will secure general admission seats for the run of the show and help us get to Edinburgh!Â (See details on your right!)
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In her lifelong quest for sustainable living, Kristina Wong purchased a 1981 pink Mercedes that ran on vegetable oil, and endured a nightmare of never-ending car repairs and near death pursuits for the used cooking oil to fuel it. When the car finally burst into flames on an L.A. freeway, Wong lost the largest line item in her monthly budget, and gained the inspiration for this premiere production. Â GOING GREEN THE WONG WAY brings our contemporary urban environment to life, revealing just how tricky it is to “do the right thing.” Â Based on Wong’s true-life adventures, but elevated to surrealist heights, the production takes us from Kristina’s confrontational 6th grade science project, to her wandering years as a missionary of recycling, to her true calling as Los Angeles’ patron martyr of carbon-free living.
Going Green the Wong WayÂ was originally produced by Mad Cat Theatre Company in November 2010Â and premiered at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, FL as an ensemble piece.Â It premiered as a full length solo work in San Francisco last summer (produced by Mad Cat Theatre Company and Circuit Network).Â It’s also played at the Comedy Central Stage, Upright Citizens Brigade, South Coast Rep, and the Contemporary Art Center’s “The Off The Strip” Festival in Las Vegas.
â€œKristina Wong is a funny — no, make that an extremely funny — performer with a wildly imaginative, sometimes raunchy sensibility.”Â — Miami Herald
â€œKristina Wong is a terrific physical comedienne whose love of dry humping, scrambled TV porn, reusable female necessities, scatology and vegetable oil make her highly qualified to be an ecological martyr.â€Â Â — Miami Art ZineÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
â€œWhen things go wrong for performance artist Kristina Wong, you know itâ€™s going to be a spectacular messâ€¦ There are hundreds of ways to go wrong when attempting to go green, but goingÂ Wong can only ever be right.â€
— San Francisco Bay Guardian
â€œWhile her hilarious tales of being a “missionary of recycling” might make her audience laugh, the sustainable schtick isn’t just an act. Wong is serious about practicing what she preaches.â€Â — Good Magazine