Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Saymoukda Vongsay featured in 1-Minute Theater Festival

Lao American writer Saymoukda Vongsay announced that her work is among 50 playwrights who will be presenting during the 2nd Annual One Minute Play Festival in Minneapolis being presented by presented by Walking Shadow Theatre Company & Mixed Blood Theatre.

It will take place from February 15 – 16, 2014, with performances starting at 8:00 P.M. at Mixed Blood Theatre (Located at 1501 South 4th Street.)

The One-­Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) is America’s largest and longest running short form theatre company in the country, founded by Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D’Andrea."

The organizers explain:
"#1MPF is barometer project, which investigates the zeitgeist of different communities through dialogue and consensus building sessions and a performance of many moments. #1MPF works in partnership with theatres sharing playwright or community-specific missions across the country. #1MPF creates locally sourced playwright-focused community events, with the goal of promoting the spirit of radical inclusion by representing local cultures of playwrights of different age, gender, race, cultures, and points of career. The work attempts to reflect the theatrical landscape of local artistic communities by creating a dialogue between the collective conscious and the individual voice."
Tickets are $15.

Vongsay has not indicated what her play will be about, but Twin Cities residents most recently packed the house for her acclaimed play "Kung Fu Zombies vs. Cannibals."

Saymoukda Vongsay is a Lao American poet and playwright whose passion is arts advocacy. Her work has been published by Altra Magazine, The Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement, St. Paul Almanac, Lao American Magazine, and Bakka Literary Journal, to name a few. Vongsay writes the series Pushing the Pen, published weekly in the Asian American Press, interviewing literary artists from across the nation.

She has taught and performed spoken word poetry from the Midwest to the East and West coasts, as well as in Italy and Japan. Saymoukda is a co-founding member of the Unit Collective of Emerging Playwrights of Color and an active participant with Pillsbury House Theater’s Chicago Avenue Project. She is a 2011 Jerome Foundation/Mu Performing Arts' New Eyes Theater Fellow, winner of the 2010 Alfred C. Carey Prize in Spoken Word Poetry (NY), and an advisory board member of the 2010 MPLS Asian Film Festival. She recently presented the full-length play, Kung Fu Zombies vs Cannibals, a commission by Mu Performing Arts. Saymoukda is pursuing an interdisciplinary Masters degree in Public Policy, Social Work, and Creative Writing at the U of MN.

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