Five contemporary women smiling at the camera.

Mar 5–15, 2020

Written and directed by Sara Zatz and Katie Ka Vang, in collaboration with the perfomers
Neighborhood Stories
Boss Thrust Stage

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Face to Face: Our Hmong Community is an interview-based theater production featuring five local Hmong community members, sharing their true stories on stage. Told with humor, heart, and courage, it addresses complex issues such as the history and arrival of the Hmong community in St. Paul, coming of age as a first generation Hmong American, and finding your own voice and identity while balancing cultural and family expectations.

Created from extensive interviews with the cast – adapted and theatricalized – the script is woven together to tell performers’ individual experiences in a chronological narrative that connects the personal to the political. Through their stories, the cast addresses topics including mental health and depression, bullying, domestic and sexual violence, gender identity, beauty standards and more.

Face to Face is a partnership with the internationally renowned Ping Chong + Company, a New York leader in community-specific, interview-based theatre events. Written and directed by Ping Chong + Company Associate Director Sara Zatz and Twin Cities theater artist Katie Ka Vang, in collaboration with the performers, the project is part of Ping Chong + Company’s ongoing interview-based theatre production, Undesirable Elements. The script is performed by the interviewees themselves, not actors, and they retain the final right of review and approval.

Ping Chong + Company creates works of theater and art that reveal beauty, precision, and a commitment to social justice. Founded in 1975 in New York City by National Medal of Arts recipient Ping Chong, the company creates original interdisciplinary works by a group of affiliated artists and is committed to artistic innovation, collaboration, community engagement, and amplifying underrepresented voices. For more information visit www.pingchong.org / social media: @pingchongco.

Please be advised: FACE TO FACE is performed by real people, not actors. Although not explicit, the production contains references to and shares experiences of sexual assault, domestic violence, and mental health issues. Click here for a list of Resources and Support Services.

Would you like to learn more about the Hmong community in Minnesota? Check out this Additional Reading and Resource List.

This project made possible with generous support from:

Logo with red, blue & yellow triangles over the words Art Works. National Endowment for the Arts  graphic logo - black & white with shooting star graphic and text     Marbrook Foundation


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