Mono à Mono with Ingrid Griffith and Kim Chinh

Mon, 23 February 2015 // 07:00 PM
Bowery Poetry, 308 Bowery, NYC (map)

Mono a Mono, a solo performance series, continues on February 23rd, 2015 at 7pm with two amazing performers: Ingrid Griffith and Kim Chinh! Griffith will perform her piece Demerara Gold and Chinh will perform Reclaiming Vietnam. These powerful and moving works explore themes of immigration, abuse, loss, discovery and acceptance.

Tickets are $12 at the door, cash or credit.

In Demerara Gold a 7 year-old girl in Guyana must say goodbye to her parents who suddenly get visas to America. The spirited girl is left in the worlds of her strict grandmothers: one is a recluse, the other a religious fanatic. Ingrid must hold tight to her dreams and keep her spirit alive as the time without her parents grow longer.

In Reclaiming Vietnam a young woman arrives in Vietnam to explore a lush, foreign country in search of her roots. Vietnam, the homeland of her father, is a part of her identity she has rejected for most of her life, wishing to be seen as “American” (like her Caucasian mother) and not “the other”. The play alternates between her present-day search for identity in Vietnam and flashbacks to her past, each experience strengthening her resolve to speak the truth, no matter who it may hurt.

Mono a Mono is a solo performance salon where two provocative solo pieces with interweaving social themes are performed back to back, in dialogue with each other. Afterwards, the audience is invited into the conversation in a guided discussion with the artists about the themes and issues illuminated by the performances. Mono a Mono is hosted and curated by Nancy Kelly.

About the artists:

Ingrid Griffith (writer/performer) Ingrid Griffith has appeared in off-off b’way productions in theatre spaces such as John Jay College, The American Place Theatre, Aaron Davis Hall, Claire Rose Playhouse and Southhampton Cultural Center in contemporary roles as well as the classics. She has a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English. Her articles on fitness and popular culture have been published in magazines, including Essence, The Source and Pro Sports. She also wrote a column for The Newark Star-Ledger. Ingrid is an Adjunct Professor in the Communication and Theater Arts Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In January 2015, she traveled to Guyana to do a 5-show tour of her solo-show Demerara Gold.

Kim Chinh (performer) Kim began her acting career at the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas. She has appeared in several short films including The Face written and directed by Elizabeth Browning, L to Canarsie, and See Something Say Something both written and directed by Alice Cox. She also starred in Elizabeth Rose, for which she received a nomination for Best Actress in the Annual 72 Hour Film Shootout sponsored by Asian Cinevision and MTV. She played the part of Maggie in The Chinese Restaurant Syndrome directed by April Feld Sandor at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia as well the part of Lia in Big Flower Eater, working with Direct Arts founder and playwright Victoria Linchong. Kim has been featured in several of Cesi Davidson’s storytelling series and staged play readings. Kim has participated in New York’s Summerstages as a cast member of SPEAK featuring the music and spoken word of Marla Mase and the Tomas Doncker band.

Nancy Kelly (curator/host)is a theater artist and educator who has produced, directed and performed extensively in San Francisco and New York City at such venues as Theater for a New City, Red Room, Bowery Poetry Club, The Cell, Theater Artaud, and ODC Gallery. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and an associate member of SDC. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and has been on the faculty of St. Francis College and New York City College of Technology.