Alien Citizen, The Play

Posted in Arts, Asian Diaspora, Media Archive, United States on 2013-08-13 23:07Z by Steven

Alien Citizen, The Play

World Premier at the Asylum Lab
1078 Lillian Way
Hollywood, California 90038
Fridays & Saturdays @ 20:00 PDT (Local Time)
Preview May 3, 2013, Opens May 4 – June 1

Written and performed by Elizabeth Liang
Directed by Sofie Calderon
Associate Produced by Richard Lee, Karen Smith, and Wendy Belcher
Co-produced by Leila Ciszewski
Stage Managed by Michelle Hilyard
House Managed by Charls Sedgwick Hall and Kate Huffman
Lighting & Projection Design by Matt Richter
Sound Design by Dennis Yen
Graphic and Program Design by Gene Michael Barrera

Presented by HapaLis Productions in association with Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC)

Who are you when you’re from everywhere and nowhere? Alien Citizen is a funny and poignant one-woman show about growing up as a dual citizen of mixed heritage in Central America, North Africa, the Middle East, and New England.

Elizabeth Liang, like President Obama, is a Third Culture Kid or a TCK. Third Culture Kids are the children of international business people, global educators, diplomats, missionaries, and the military — anyone whose family has relocated overseas because of a job placement. Liang weaves humorous stories about growing up as an Alien Citizen abroad with American commercial jingles providing her soundtrack through language confusion, first love, culture shock, Clark Gable, and sandstorms…

Our protagonist deals with the decisions every global nomad has to make repeatedly: to adapt or to simply cope; to build a bridge or to just tolerate. From being a Guatemalan-American teen in North Africa to attending a women’s college in the USA, Alien Citizen reflects her experience that neither one was necessarily easier than the other. She realizes that girls across the world are growing into womanhood in environments that can be hostile to females (including the USA). How does a young girl cope as a border/culture/language/religion straddler in country after country that feels “other” to her when she is the “other?” Where is the line between respecting others and betraying yourself?

Humor is a great survival mechanism! And friends make all the difference.


EXCERPT: On losing language

EXCERPT: On (re)gaining language(s)

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