DISoriented- A Trio of Middle Eastern and Asian-American Women

Sponsored by OMSL, Cultural Attractions CommitteeWomen's Coordinating Council, and the Asian American Association at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Multicultural Student Life presents:
Dis-Oriented - A Trio of Middle Eastern and Asian-American Women
Cultural indigestion, color-blindness and inter-ethnic vertigo. Is there a cure? Is it treatable? Is it contagious? That's what three women, Zahra, Thao and Coke - Iranian, Vietnamese and Okinawan/Japanese - try to find out as they aim to dis-orient themselves from external stereotypes and internal expectations.

This show features a dynamic trio of performers whose individual solo pieces will lead audiences across a Muslim-Atheist supper table, the Mekong Delta, and Diagnostic Systems of Sexual Dysfunction. In between each solo performance are smart and biting vignettes - comic sketches, audience improv games, and contemporary dance - that will leave you happy and as disoriented as they are.

About the Performances:
All Atheists Are Muslim
written and performed by Zahra Noorbakhsh
How hard can it be for Zahra, an Iranian Muslim girl in her mid-twenties, to move-in with her Atheist white-American boyfriend and cheerfully tell her father that she doesn't need his blessing?

Soft Tissue
written and performed by Colleen "Coke" Nakamoto
In her journey to womanhood, Coke, an Okinawan-Japanese American, suffers shame and guilt as she learns about her body. She is released from her guilt upon realizing she is not alone in the world. "Soft Tissue" explores issues of sexuality, loneliness, sexism, and racism..

Fortunate Daughter
written and performed by Thao P. Nguyen
Thao, 25, wakes up on a good morning in Vietnam, dons her full-metal jacket and goes deer hunting on Hamburger Hill with Forrest Gump and Martin Sheen. Only she survives. Later, her mom takes her to meet her grandmother for the first time.

About the Artists:
Zahra Noorbakhsh is a solo-performer and stand-up comedian who's performed with Maz Jobrani from the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, and Shazia Mirza from Last Comic Standing. Her one-woman show Hijab and Hammerpants recently debuted at the SF Theater Fesitval.

Colleen "Coke" Nakamoto is a solo performer, curious about where words meet the body. She has presented her work at the David Henry Hwang Theater (L.A.), the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts (Carmel), and locally at NOHSpace, Stagewerx, CounterPULSE (Words First, APAture, Asian American Dance Performances), The Marsh, SOMAArts, the San Francisco Theater Festival and the Joyce Gordon Gallery (For Colored Girls Only).

Thao P. Nguyen joined the Solo Performance Workshop in 2007.  Her director, the critically acclaimed W. Kamau Bell ("Four Stars" in Time Out New York and the San Francisco Chronicle) has awarded her the coveted "W. Kamau Bell Solo Performance Black Belt," a distinction which to this date has only been awarded four times. She also co-produces two-monthly solo performance series in San Francisco: Words First at CounterPULSE and City Solo at Off-Market Theater.

For more information or disability accommodations, contact Multicultural Student Life at (865) 974-6861, email:multicultural@utk.edu, or visit http://omsa.utk.edu. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Life, Division of Student Life, University of Tennessee.

Thursday, 19 January, 2012


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