From the New York Times
Kristina Wong’s Pandemic Story: Sewing With Her Aunties
The performance artist ran a mask-making operation during the pandemic. That inspired her new comedy at New York Theater Workshop.
Kristina Wong in the East Village. Her new show, “Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord,” is in previews now. Photo Credit - Calla Kessler for The New York Times
By Sarah Bahr Oct. 29, 2021
Kristina Wong is an in-your-face performer who, until this month, hadn’t performed for an in-person audience since March 2020. The thought of looking into dozens of eyes, not just the little green light on her laptop, made her feel, well, weird.
So her stage manager, Katie Ailinger, came up with a plan to ease her back into the rhythms of live performance: She taped stock photos of people’s faces around the rehearsal room at New York Theater Workshop, where in September Wong began to prepare “Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord,” a one-woman show about running a sewing group during the pandemic.