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Kristina Wong

Irreverent performer to address depression, suicide

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(March 24, 2008)--As part of Women's History Month, the UTSA Women's Studies Institute and the Department of History will present actor-educator Kristina Wong performing an excerpt from her seriocomic play about depression and suicide. The performance of "Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 26 in the University Center Retama Auditorium (2.02.02), 1604 Campus. The event is free and open to the public. A discussion of mental health issues will follow the performance.

"Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is a lively and humorous show that highlights the high rates of anxiety, depression, mental illness and suicide among Asian American women. Wong addresses mental health issues in marginalized communities, lack of mental health public resources, how to move past oppression into a healthy future and art as a healer.

A nationally acclaimed solo performer, writer, actor, educator, activist and filmmaker, Wong's performances are described by the East Bay Express as "brutal but hilarious." Her repertoire includes short and full-length solo performances, outrageous street theater stunts and pranks, subversive Internet installations, plays and sketch comedy.

She recently was awarded the Creative Capital Award in Theater and a Creation Fund from the National Performance Network. She was selected to be part of the 2008 CBS "Multicultural Sketch Comedy Showcase."

Wong has performed at the National Asian American Theater Festival in New York City, The New York Hip Hop Theater Festival at the Public, The Mark Taper Forum at the Ivy Substation, The Bay Area Hip Hop Theater Festival, La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley, DePaul University in Chicago, University of Florida at Gainesville and UT Austin, among others.

Her work has been part of programming for Mental Illness Awareness Month and Women's History Month and has been taught as part of courses in theater, psychology, social work, women's studies, contemporary literature, creative writing, ethnic studies, art and design, and speech/oration.

For more information, visit the UTSA Women's Studies Institute Web site or call (210) 458-6277.

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