Color Arc Productions in collaboration with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s Asian American Resource Center (AARC) are proud to present a staged reading of Fly Girl, a story about a single mom who gets cast as a hip-hop dancer. The event will be held on Nov. 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. The AARC is located at 8401 Cameron Road, Austin, Texas 78754. Admission is free with RSVP at aarcatx.eventbrite.com.
Although narratives centered on Asian American women are growing in mainstream prominence, Austin-based writer and performer Christine Hoang is working to expand the canon to include stories centered on Asians who are not glamorously young, gorgeous, rich, and thin. Hoang’s new comedy, Fly Girl, spotlights the everyday woman who is a middle aged, middle class, "middle” looking, "Asian fat" (size 14), and divorced, single parent.
When protagonist Linh Hoang Williams—a 42-year old, size 12 (or size 14 depending on that week’s carb intake), Vietnamese American, recently-divorced, single mom—attends a Twerkshop, she impresses the dance instructor and gets cast as a hip-hop dancing Fly Girl. But when she discovers she's the chubbiest, oldest, and only Gen-Xer in a dance troupe of thin Millennials, Linh must overcome her inner demons to prove she belongs.
Hoang’s Fly Girl advanced to the Sundance Institute’s second round of the 2020 Development Track for fiction feature work-in-progress screenplays. Finalists will be announced in late December 2019.
The mission of the AARC is to provide spaces, services, resources, and programs through an Asian American Pacific Islander perspective. The vision is to empower Austin's diverse communities through cultural understanding and life-enhancing opportunities. The AARC offers programs for youth, adult, senior citizens, ongoing exhibits, free community meeting rooms, library, computer lab and more. For more information, visit austintexas.gov/aarc.
About Color Arc Productions
Formed in November 2015, Color Arc Productions’ mission is to shine light on diverse stories through theatre, film, and music. For more information, find Color Arc Productions at colorarcproductions.com or @colorarcproductions on Instagram and Facebook.
About Fly Girl
by Christine Hoang
Color Arc Productions
Jenny Lavery – Director
Christine Hoang - Writer/Producer
Leslie Lozano - Choreographer/Sound Designer
Kimberly Chung - Community Outreach Coordinator
Eric Oeur - AARC Marketing Representative
Photographer (poster) - Errich Petersen
Photographer (live show) - Steve Rogers
Deborah Sengupta Stith – Narrator
Christine Hoang – Linh
Jesus Valles – Ruben
Vanessa Hoang Hughes – Nini
Allegra Jade Fox – Clarissa
Leslie Lozano – Ella
Morgen Amalbert – Makayla
Eliza Renner – Amy
André Martin - Harold, Brian & various roles
Rommel Sulit – Isaac
Nguyen Stanton - Janice & various roles
Jeremy Rashad Brown - Jim & various roles
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