Spoken Word Artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai Performs Solo Show in NYC

Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Time: 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Location: Ars Nova
Address: 511 W. 54th St. NYC, NY
Cost: $10
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/338110312927232

Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai is a spoken word poet, playwright, and filmmaker who has performed at over 500 venues worldwide including the White House, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, BAM, Apollo Theater, and three seasons of Russell Simmons Presents HBO Def Poetry. Her plays include Say You Heard My Echo, Formosa, and American Ethnic with Idris Goodwin and Usman Ally. A recent recipient of commissions and grants from New York Live Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Asian Women’s Giving Circle, Tsai has been profiled on Idealist.org in NYC’s Top 40 New Yorkers Who Make Positive Social Change, AngryAsianMan.com’s 30 Most Influential Asian Americans Under 30, TaiwaneseAmerican.org’s 100 Passionate People, and HBO’s East of Main Street: Asians Aloud. (www.yellowgurl.com, www.youtube.com/kztsai)

After sold-out work-in-progress events in NYC (Museum of Chinese in America) & Chicago (The Public Square, Experimental Station), Kelly is proud and excited to present the very 1st production of her solo show “Formosa” with lights, costume, sound, set, and choreography, etc.

Writer/Performer: Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, Director: Jesse Y. Jou, Choreographer: Jessica Chen, Producer: Chie Morita, Dramaturg: Amissa Miller, Sound: Charles Coes, Lighting: Alan Edwards, Set: Chien-Yu Peng, Costumes: Moria Clinton

A mid-1600s Spanish sailor, an Asian American hip-pop diva, an 8-year-old Chinese adoptee, and a 1960s Taiwanese Barbie doll factory worker collide across time and space in this solo show investigation of beauty, bodies, and Barbie. Inspired by the twenty year history of Barbie doll manufacturing in Taishan, Taiwan.

Purchase your tickets here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9669366

The creation of “Formosa” was supported, in part, through a commission from New York Live Arts’ Studio Series program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Jerome Foundation and with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

To learn more about Kelly, or to see her upcoming performance schedule, visit:

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