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2 Star Starred
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55408
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4.5 / 5 Rated by 2 members
Review from jp

Great performances and really terrific show. Highly recommend.

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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:

<em>Revenge of the Space Pandas</em> Metropolitan Ballet: <em>Sleeping Beauty</em> <em>The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People</em> Joke Joint Comedy Club <em>Booty and the Beast</em> <em>Disney On Ice presents Dream Big</em>