Chang(e) is a theatrical rumination on the life and death of activist/performance artist Kathy Change who, in her final "act" to save the world, self immolated in front of a peace sculpture on the campus of UPenn in 1996. Chang(e) is conceived as a 90 minute original devised theatre work created by performer Soomi Kim and director Suzi Takahashi. Featuring re-enactements of the writings and performance of Change, dance video and original score, Chang(e) captures the spirit of a passionate and marginalized woman, battling her own cultural and psychological demons and the community that both enveloped and dismissed her.
Asian Arts Initiative & the Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists (CAATA) presented Chang(e) as a featured performance at the 4th National Asian American Theater Conference & Festival.
Soomi Kim as Kathy Change
With Marisa Clement, Leonardo Durant, Amy Field, Kiyoko Kashiwagi, Ben Skalski, Luke Strandquist, and special appearances via video.
Directed by Suzi Takahashi
Designers include: Lucrecia Briceno (Lights), Machine Dazzle (Costumes), Bryce Cutler (Set & Video), Suzi Takahashi (Props), and Adam Rogers (Composition) Production Management by Leta Tremblay
Wednesday, October 8 at 8 PM
Friday, October 10 at 8 PM
Saturday, October 11 at 2 PM
The InterAct Theatre Main Stage
2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Chang(e) is currently being developed through the HERE Artist Residency Program with support from the Hemispheric Institute. This project is made possible in part by support from the National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency Program. NYC Premier anticipated November 2015.