Spoken Word Artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai Performs in NYC

Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 – Sunday, September 16, 2012
Time: 7:00pm – 3:30pm
Location: HERE Arts Center
Address: 145 Sixth Ave., New York, NY
Cost: $18 General, $15 Students
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/373213189416499/

Come watch Taiwanese-Chinese spoken word poet Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai perform “Say You Heard My Echo” in NYC this September!

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)

Tickets discounted for $15 via Kickstarter now thru 9/6! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/623137736/say-you-heard-my-echo-nycs-locating-the-sacred-fes + Rewards: digital downloads of script, my CD’s, creative coaching, sponsor tix for youth from local community org’s, and more! Thank you so much for supporting spoken word poetry theater as a powerful form of social justice work!

Performances (only 6 in NYC):
Wed, Sept. 12 at 7 pm
Thurs, Sept. 13 at 7 pm
Fri, Sept. 14 at 7 pm
Sat, Sept. 15 at 2 pm
Sat, Sept. 15 at 7 pm
Sun, Sept. 16 at 2 pm

What connects a Catholic burlesque dancer who survived the Twin Towers, a Buddhist Iraq war veteran and hip hop emcee who returns home, and a Muslim librarian whose family suffers detention and interrogation? An evening-length spoken-word poetry theater project written by Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai (500 performances worldwide including the White House & three seasons of the award-winning Russell Simmons Presents HBO Def Poetry), Say You Heard My Echo explores the lives of three fictional Asian American women in New York City a decade after 9/11. With choral poems, prayers, activist folk songs, and raps, the play weaves together the characters’ struggles with survivorship and faith and their intimate relationships with Mary Magdalene, Guan Yin, and Aisha.

Performed by Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, YaliniDream, and Adeeba Rana with stage direction by Jesse Jou.

The creation of “Say You Heard My Echo” was supported, in part, through a commission for Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai from Asian American Arts Alliance with major support from Asian Women’s Giving Circle and additional support from Flushing Council on the Arts and New York University’s A / P / A Institute. Presented by Moving Earth Productions.

More information about the performance here: http://www.ny1.com/content/148544/serious-themes—echo—in-flushing-this-weekend. Watch an interview with Kelly on StageBuzz.com: http://www.stagebuzz.com/2012/01/interview-with-kelly-zen-yie-of-say-you.html

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