SPEAK UP CONNIE
SPEAK UP CONNIE
Written and Performed by Cindy Cheung
Directed by BD Wong
A finding-your-voice extravaganza! Featuring original songs accompanied by the ukulele, “nice Chinese girl” Cindy (not Connie) Cheung tells the story of being raised Conflict-Avoidant in suburban Southern California and learning to speak up – as an Asian American, an actor and a daughter.
“Ms. Cheung brings an open-hearted humor to her description of the many
death-by-a-thousand-cuts incidents of conscious and unconscious racism that she has encountered.
No matter what your background, you will find yourself thinking, yes, absolutely!”
“Cheung uses every instrument in the actor’s toolkit to fully inhabit the stage – she deftly conjures up
all the other characters through her witty vocal mimicry and natural comedienne’s elastic physicality. “
CINDY CHEUNG (Writer/Performer) is originally from La Palma, CA – it’s like 18 minutes west of Disneyland – and has lived in NYC for 14 years, working in theater, TV and film. Last year, she decided to explore writing (again) and was blessed to find herself in Matt Hoverman’s solo show class. A couple of classes, a dozen workshop performances and a text to BD Wong later, she arrives with the show you see before you. Favorite theater credits include: Middletown (Vineyard), The Sugar House at the Edge of the Wilderness (Ma-Yi), The Seagull and Antigone, (NAATCO), Sides: The Fear Is Real… (Ma-Yi/Mr. Miyagi’s Theater Company), Masha No Home (E.S.T.), W;t (Florida Studio Theater), A Christmas Carol (South Coast Rep), Sweeney Todd and Into The Woods (East West Players). Film and TV credits include: Children of Invention (Sundance 2009), Lady In The Water, Robot Stories, Falling For Grace, “Bored To Death,” “White Collar,” “Fringe,” “Law and Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, “One Life To Live” and “Sex and the City.” She has an MFA from A.C.T. and a marital commitment from her husband, novelist Ed Lin.
BD WONG (Director) Broadway: M. Butterfly (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics’ Circle, Clarence Derwent Awards); Face Value; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Pacific Overtures. Regional: Herringbone (La Jolla, Williamstown, McCarter Theater). Television: AWAKE, LAW & ORDER: SVU, HBO’s OZ, MARCO POLO. Film: White Frog, The Freshman, Father of the Bride (1 and 2), Jurassic Park, Seven Years in Tibet, Mulan (1 and 2), The Salton Sea, Stay. Author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Following Foo (The Electronic Adventures of the Chestnut Man), published by Harper Collins. Community service recognitions from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Asian AIDS Project, GLAAD, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Association of Asian-Pacific American Artists, East/West Players, Second Generation. Board member: Actors’ Fund of America.