Backstage @ the Fillmore 1700 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Performing at Mad Cat Theatre Company, Inc. (Jan 3 - Jan 20)
Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes
How do you get a cat to stop spraying while simultaneously using theater to end existential loneliness AND racism? This frequently asked question is tackled by Kristina Wong in her devastatingly hilarious play Cat Lady which will open Mad Cat Theatre Company’s 13th season. Cat Lady explores the parallel worlds of two polar opposite archetypes living at the margins of the dating world — musty cat ladies and the fast-talking male pick-up artists who hunt among them.
Wong, a multi-talented performance artist whose diverse body of work ranges from stand-up comedy to commentary on American Public Media’s “Marketplace” to film documentary and articles in Playgirl magazine, has been called “sassy” and “original” (LA Times), “raucous and irreverent” (AP) and an “Asian American Lily Tomlin” (American Theatre Magazine). Cat Lady is her fifth full-length show, and her first full-length ensemble piece.
A theme uniting Wong’s various performances is her offbeat curiosity and social conscience. Whether it’s exploring the high incidence of depression and suicide among Asian American women (Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) or the contradictions of the bio-fuel movement (Going Green the Wong Way), Wong consistently displays a subversive intelligence and a knack for interpreting the strangeness of our times. Cat Lady, which will be directed this time around by Paul Tei, is no exception.
Wong’s cat, Oliver, and his rash spraying problems was the inspiration of Cat Lady, which premiered as a work-in-progress at the REDCAT NOW Festival in Los Angeles followed by runs in Houston at Diverseworks and at the ODC Theater in San Francisco. In Cat Lady, Wong delves into the psychology behind hoarding - of both animals and humans. Unmarried women who live alone with cats (“cat ladies”) and aggressive pick-up artists commingle in Wong’s pop culture universe which manages simultaneously to draw on VH1 and Martha Graham.
In addition to featuring Wong, Mad Cat company member Ken Clement will be playing Oliver the Cat, along with the pick-up artists Jessica Farr, a Mad Cat company member and Noah Levine.
For details and tickets on our next production Gerald Ford Superfreak at the South Beach Comedy Festival visit www.madcattheatre.org.
Mad Cat Theatre Company returns to the South Beach Comedy Festival with “Gerald Ford Superfreak”, a new comedy from Miami’s leading purveyor of progressive, avant-garde theatre, and co-written by Mad Cat’s founder and mad genius Paul Tei and company members Jessica Farr and Theo Reyna. “Gerald Ford Superfreak” explores the ripples of history, more specifically, how the effects of Gerald Ford’s presidency carried over to our country’s leadership in the year 2112 - as told by a surprise narrator from the future.
Born in 2000, Mad Cat Theatre Company’s mission is to provide theatre that provokes its audience to re-imagine its surrounding world. To promote debate by creating work that illuminates the darker regions of our mental and emotional landscape. To sniff out and ultimately create brazen stories that explore the hypermodernity of society. Mad Cat Theatre Company is committed to deconstructing itself and its environment through original works, adaptations, multi-media, live music, dance, puppetry and poetry.
PRODUCTION HISTORY ~ Helluva Halloween, Shepherd’s Pie, Here In My Car, Portrait, Shoot, Seventy Scenes of Halloween, Tin Box Boomerang, Cope, Fell In Love With A Girl, Trembling Hands, Betty's Summer Vacation, Arful Dodgers, Action, Matt & Ben, Waiting for Godot, Painted Alice, Terminal Baggage, Mr. Marmalade, Animals and Plants, Everything Will be Different – A Brief History of Helen of Troy, Mister Beast, Some Girl(s), Mixtape, Broadsword, Viva Bourgeois, Shepherd's Pie at the Colony Theater, BroadSword (again, but this time at the Arsht Center), Going Green the Wong Way (Miami and San Francisco and other places in between), The Preservation Society, So My Grandmother Died, Blah Blah Blah, Macbeth & the Monster, RPM, the Hamlet Dog & Pony Show, Cat Lady, Charming Acts of Misery, Blow Me, MIXTAPE 2 and now Gerald Ford Superfreak.