Friday, October 29, 2010

Mad Cat goes Wong at Arsht

Mad Cat Theatre Company, the scrappy little Miami company that has thrived in the margins of the theatre scene is stepping up its game; in partnership with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, they are producing Going Green the Wong Way, a play written by and starring Kristina Wong, and directed by Mad Cat's artistic director, Paul Tei.

“It’s not easy being green….”
-- Kermit the Frog

Kristina Wong in Going Green the Wong Way

Kristina Wong found the lyrics to Kermit‘s refrain to be all too true when she purchased a 1981 pink Mercedes that ran on vegetable oil. In her quest to pursue sustainable living, Wong  endured  a nightmare of never-ending car repairs and near-death pursuits for the used  vegetable 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.

Going Green the Wong Way brings our contemporary urban environment to life, revealing just how tricky it is to ―do the right hing.   Based on Wong‘s  true-life  adventures, but elevated to  surrealist heights, the production takes us from Wong‘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 Way boasts expert direction by Paul Tei, who recently directed and appeared in Mad Cat‘s extremely well-received run of BroadSword at the Adrienne Arsht Center.  

"As one of the first performing arts centers in the U.S. to undertake the L.E.E.D certification process, the Adrienne Arsht Center  is the perfect venue to premiere this wacky and wonderful work exploring the ups and downs of  going green" said M. John Richard, president and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. "We are delighted to partner again with the exceptional Mad Cat Theatre  Company  to present a world premiere comedy tailor-made for Miami."

Mad Cat‘s award-winning design team includes original song stylings and sound effects of Matt Corey. The set design and props are done by Mad Cat newcomer but Adrienne Arsht Center regular, Elaine Bryan, and Wong‘s costumes were inspired by the contents of a neighborhood dumpster.*

Going Green the Wong Way plays at the Arsht Center from November 18 - 20.  Tickets are on sale now.

*All of the design elements for the show have been either donated, borrowed, or recycled. No animals were harmed in the creation of this production! 

**this blog post was published on 100% recycled electrons.**

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