Devised in collaboration by Soomi Kim and Suzi Takahashi

"Chang(e) alternates between reality and illusion, and its visual and aural environment is so alluring you want to bathe in it..." - Laura Collins-Hughes, The New York Times

"Soomi Kim is fearless as Change, simultaneously attracting and repelling the audience with her convictions, while showing a startling vulnerability..." (★★★★) - Diep Tran, Time Out New York

" At the center of it all is an awe-inspiring performance by Soomi Kim, who is on stage the entire ninety minutes... Kim captures all that was so mythic about the troubled activist."- Arpita Kukherjee, Stagebuddy.com

Fighting for global social transformation, performance artist and activist Kathy Change (formerly Kathleen Chang) was on a mission to save the world from disaster. As a final act of protest, she self-immolated on the campus of UPenn in October 1996. Chang(e) is a live-staged biographical docudrama that slips between reality and fantasy, plunging viewers inside the mind of Kathy Change. Through a phantasmagorical blend of dance, text (interview and performance transcriptions and Change's own writings), video and original score, Change’s prescient defiance comes to life in this real life account of a modern day "Cassandra."

Chang(e) premiered and ran November 2015 (Nov. 4th-22nd) on HERE Arts Center's mainstage.

Creative team: Suzi Takahashi- director, Bryce Cutler- set, Kevan Loney-video, Lucrecia Briceno- lighting, Choreographer- Alexandra Beller, Machine Dazzle- costumes, Adam Rogers- composer, Iggy Hung- sound

Cast: Soomi Kim, Criena House, Kiyoko Kashiwagi, David Perez-Ribada, Ben Skalski, Adi Spencer, Zeke Stewart

Chang(e) was developed through the HERE Artist Residency Program. This project is made possible in part by support from the National Performance Network's (NPN) Creation and Forth Fund grants and the Hemispheric Institute (Performance and Politics) Artist in Residence. Chang(e)  was a featured selection from the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists, presented at the 2014 National Asian American Theater Festival and Conference in partnership with Asian Arts Initiative and Interact Theatre Company. 

More press:

theodysseyonline.com

OffOffOnline review

Interview for Dan Bacalzo's Asian American Performance site

Philadelphia Inquirer 

Interview for WHYY radio with Peter Crimmons

Philadelphia Daily News article featuring Chang(e)

Past workshop performances:

Consortium for the Asian American Theater Conference and Festival (CAATA)Philadelphia PA., at the InterAct Theatre Oct. 2014

Encuentro Conference in Montreal June 2014

NPN Conference New Orlenas, LA Dec. 2013

Culturemart festivals (2013 & 2014) at HERE Arts Center

Women Center Stage Festival at Culture Project, July 2013

Asian Arts Inititative Dec. 2012

Outdoor performance at the Encuentro Conference Montreal 2014

UPCOMING: Chang(e) will be a part of the 2017-2018 Boomarts' season! Dec, 7th-10th in Portland, Or. 

                   

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    Fighting for global social transformation, performance artist and activist Kathy Change (formerly Kathleen Chang) was on a mission to save the world from disaster. As a final act of protest, she self-immolated on the campus of UPenn in October 1996. Chang(e) is a live-staged biographical docudrama that slips between reality and fantasy, plunging viewers inside the mind of Kathy Change. Through a phantasmagorical blend of dance, text (interview and performance transcriptions and Change's own writings), video and original score, Change’s prescient defiance comes to life in this real life account of a modern day "Cassandra." Chang(e) premiered and ran November 2015 (Nov. 4th-22nd) on HERE Arts Center's MainStage. Devised by Soomi Kim and Suzi Takahashi Creative team: Suzi Takahashi- director, Bryce Cutler- set, Kevan Loney-video, Lucrecia Briceno- lighting, Alexandra Beller-choreographer, Machine Dazzle- costumes, Adam Rogers- composer, Iggy Hung- sound Cast: Soomi Kim, Criena House, Kiyoko Kashiwagi, David Perez-Ribada, Ben Skalski, Adi Spencer, Zeke Stewart Chang(e) was developed through the HERE Artist Residency Program. This project is made possible in part by support from the National Performance Network's (NPN) Creation and Forth Fund grants and the Hemispheric Institute (Performance and Politics) Artist in Residence. Chang(e) was a featured selection from the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists, presented at the 2014 National Asian American Theater Festival and Conference in partnership with Asian Arts Initiative and InterAct Theatre Company.

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    Soomi as Kathy in opening performance. Interact Theater, costumes by Machine Dazzle, * all photos by Kendall Whitehouse, directed by Suzi Takahashi

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    Soomi as Kathy Change InterAct Theater

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    Soomi as Kathy Change

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    Soomi Kim with Kiyoko Kashiwagi

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    "Hula For Change" scene with: Luke Strandquist, Marisa Clemente, Leo Durant

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    "Hula For Change" with Soomi Kim and Amy Field

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    Soomi Kim as Kathy with Kiyoko Kashiwagi and Marisa Clemente

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    Kathy's close friend, Mary Thorn Gabriele appears on video.

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    Soomi Kim as Kathy with Dragon (ensemble)

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    Soomi Kim as Kathy with her "dragon"

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    Soomi as Kathy ranting at the Philadelphia Inquirer building

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    Freedom!!! Soomi as Kathy with ensemble Ben Skalski, Luke Strandquist, Kiyoko Kashiwagi

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    Soomi as Kathy composing letter to Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! with Leo Durant

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    ensemble of Penn students: Ben Skalski, Leo Durant, Luke Strandquist and Marisa Clemente

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    Kim as Change composing letter to Amy Goodman with Kiyoko Kashiwagi

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    Ben Skalski plays Brendan McGeever reading Kathy's suicide letter

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    Final "dance"

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    "I offer myself as an alarm aremageddon and a torch for liberty. The time for change is now!" Kathy Change 1950-1996

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    pre-show hugs

  • CM 2014

    Photo by Carl Skutsch

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    Soomi Kim with Mark Taylor Photo by Carl Skutsch

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    With Ben Skalski, Heather Andersen and Victoria Nidweski

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    With Mark Taylor and Kiyoko Kashiwagi Photo by Carl Skutsch

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    Final image of "Chang(e)" workshop. Photo by Carl Skutsch

  • Women Center Stage Festival 2013

    With Mark Taylor Photo by Hunter Canning

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    With Mark Taylor Photo by Hunter Canning

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    With Mark Taylor Photo by Hunter Canning

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