For Immediate Release
Wong Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
A Comedy About Depression
Coming to DVD and Digital Platforms (VOD) on November 26, 2013
LOS ANGELES, CA (November 12, 2013) A winner at the Burbank International Film Festival in 2011, WONG FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, captures artist Kristina Wong as she performs her satirical one-woman show which investigates the high rates of depression and suicide amongst Asian-American women. WONG FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST will become available on DVD and video on demand platforms nationwide starting November 29th from Cinema Libre Studio.
According to an American Psychological Association report, suicide is the second leading cause of death among Asian-American women aged 15-34. In her play, filmed dynamically by director Michael Closson, Wong’s wrestles with stereotypes and myths to get at the truth about the byproduct of culturally high expectations and the pressures to achieve. At one point in the show, Wong leads the audience in song (to the tune of We Are the World): “We are complete…we are perfect…we are the ones who keep killing ourselves but let’s start smiling.”
Wong, a solo performer, writer and cultural commentator was named “One of the Seven Funniest Eco-Comedians” by Mother Nature Network. She’s created five solo shows and one ensemble play that have toured all over the world including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, Contact Theater in Manchester, UK, BGWMC in London, the Public Theater, REDCAT, Center Theater Group, La MaMa ETC, the Comedy Central Stage among dozens of others. As a play, ‘Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,’ has had 40 engagements since its premiere in 2006.
An audience member at one of these shows, Closson, a self-described “Corn fed white guy from the Midwest” decided her message about depression was so universal that it needed to be made available in a digital format. So he did it as his feature length directorial debut.
Wong and Closson are collaborating on new film projects showcasing Kristina’s new show ‘Going Green the Wong Way’ and “Cat Lady” and Wong is currently developing a piece about global poverty cleverly titled, ‘The Wong Street Journal.’
Hilarious Performance Artist Kristina Wong vows that at the end of her 80 minute, one woman show, she will save all Asian American women from the inexplicably high rates of suicide and depression affecting them. How is she so qualified? Because she’s has never been depressed herself. Really! She even says that any autobiographical reference she makes to having been depressed is totally fictional. After all, what Chinese American family isn’t perfect? Certainly not the Wongs!
Irreverent, clever, and insanely meta-theatrical, Wong’s attempts at playing savior unravel faster than the nest of yarn she’s perched on. She descends quickly into the divide between Asian porn stars and the impossibly perfect.
Along the way she becomes a hysterical living commentary on the cultural and societal pressures that may be creating depression in the first place.
Wong’s Tour De Force performance played over seven years to 50 venues across the US.
DVD TECHNICAL DETAILS: USA | Documentary | Unrated | 80 minutes | Directed by Michael Closson | CLS 1183| 881394118324 | DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Trailer, “A Tool for Mental Health,” “Confessions of a Yarn Hoarder,” “Behind the Scenes, The Making of “Touring and Beyond”
Clips & trailer album on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/album/2569932
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