Confessions of a Lazy Hmong Woman: A Cultural Comedy by May Lee-Yang
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Confessions of a Lazy Hmong Woman
Written by May Lee-Yang
Performed by May Lee-Yang, Phasoua Vang, and Souvan Samuel Lee
Directed by Robert Karimi
A lazy Hmong woman is not supposed to exist. A lazy Hmong woman is like a vegan omelet, a virgin Long Island Iced Tea, or perhaps a poor person of color who is a Republican. But just as these things exist, so does a lazy Hmong woman. This performance piece charts one woman’s journey as she discovers The Rules for Being Good Hmong Girl, how to balance being a feminist and having a relationship with a Hmong man, as well as lessons learned from the not-so-lazy women in her life.
About the artists:
May Lee-Yang (playwright, performer) is a playwright, poet, prose writer, and performance artist aspiring to get paid for it. She has been hailed by Twin Cities Metro Magazine as “on the way to becoming one of the most powerful and colorful voices in local theater.” Her theater-based works include Sia(b) (Mu Performing Arts, the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent, and Kaotic Good Productions), Ten Reasons Why I’d Be a Bad Porn Star (Illusion Theater), Stir-Fried Pop Culture (The Center for Hmong Arts and Talent), and The Child’s House (Intermedia Arts). Her writing has been published in Bamboo Among the Oaks: Contemporary Writing by Hmong Americans, The Saint Paul Almanac, Water~Stone Literary Review, Jade Magazine, and others. She has received grants and fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Performance Network, the Midwestern Voices and Visions Residency Award, the Playwright Center, and the Loft Literary Center. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Robert Farid Karimi (director) is an interdisciplinary playwright, poet, multimedia humorist, and storycook originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. A Creative Capital recipient, a National Poetry Slam Champion, and a Def Poetry Jam poet, he has been performing for over 20 years. He is the creator of the critically acclaimed works: Self (the remix), Farid Mercury and the live comedy cooking experience, The Cooking Show con Karimi y Comrades; his performances have fed audiences across the Americas in theatres, grocery stores, backyards, and even off Broadway. In 2009, he represented the city of Los Angeles at the largest international bookfair of Spanish Lit, la Feria del Libro Internacional in Guadalajara, Mexico. A UCLA graduate, Karimi has received awards for his work from the NEA, Illinois Humanities Council, Minnesota State Arts Board and NPN. Wanna see him perform: kaoticgood.com
About the Ticket Supplier: Intermedia Arts
As Minnesota’s premier multidisciplinary, multicultural arts center, Intermedia Arts builds understanding among people by catalyzing and inspiring artists and audiences to make changes in their lives and communities. We are the only organization in our region that empowers artists and community leaders to use arts-based approaches to solve community issues. From graffiti art to digital technology to performance art to spoken word, we work from the community up to unearth and enliven new and emerging artists and art forms while challenging and exploring the role of art in our lives. By stimulating civic dialogue and giving voice to the issues and experiences of underrepresented communities locally, nationally and internationally, we contribute to a stronger, healthier society.