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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Performance photo from

Performance photo from "Confessions of a Lazy Hmong Woman."

Performance photo from  Portrait of May Lee-Yang, St. Paul playwright, performer, writer, poet and performer  

May Lee-Yang will present her two-person play "Confessions of a Lazy Hmong Woman" 7 p.m. Nov. 9 on center stage at the Performing Arts Center.

The show details one woman's discovery of the "Rules for Being Good Hmong Girl" and how she balances being a feminist with having a relationship with a Hmong man. The show also examines lessons learned from the not-so-lazy women in her life.

Lee-Yang, who lives in St. Paul, is an award-winning playwright, performer, poet, writer and performance artist. Visit her website.

Phasoua Vang, St. Paul, plays multiple roles opposite Lee-Yang. 

View the show poster (PDF).

The show is presented free of charge by the Women's Center, St. Cloud State's anti-sexist engine for advocacy, education, alliance-building and leadership. A reception will follow the show.

"Confessions of a Lazy Hmong Woman" was an entry in the 2010 Minnesota Fringe Festival and was mounted in March at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis. 

"Twin Cities Daily Planet" reviewer Kate Hoff, who saw a Fringe Festival performance, wrote: "This show is a sweet little snapshot about growing up Hmong, illustrated by interactions with various family and community members and awesome shadow puppet folk tales. Nice balance of Hmong and English language – really great, all around."  

Lee-Yang's theater-based works include:

"Sia(b)" (Mu Performing Arts, the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent and Kaotic Good Productions)

"Ten Reasons Why I’d Be a Bad Porn Star" (Illusion Theater)

"Stir-Fried Pop Culture" (The Center for Hmong Arts and Talent) and The Child’s House (Intermedia Arts).

Her writing has been published in "Bamboo Among the Oaks: Contemporary Writing by Hmong Americans," "The Saint Paul Almanac," "Water~Stone Literary Review" and "Jade Magazine," among others.

Among Lee-Yang's awards:

Bush Leadership Fellowship (2011)
Midwestern Voices and Vision Artist Residency (2010)
Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant for Theater (2009)
National Performance Network Creation Fund Grant for Theater (2008)
Winner of a Playwright Center Many Voices Fellowship (2008)
Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant Literature (2005)
Loft Literary Center’s Mentorship Program in Creative Non-Fiction (2005)
Playwright Center Many Voices Fellowship (2002)

Parking is free on streets adjacent to campus and a dollar per hour in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp

These St. Cloud State entities are show sponsors: Hmong Student Organization, Ethnic and Women’s Studies Department, Asian Students in Action, Multicultural Student Services and Women’s Action.

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