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UPDATE
May 10, 2014:
United States of Asian America Festival
in San Francisco, sponsored by the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

"It's a world tour no one should miss." -Click This Link for Off-Broadway Rave Review


Who are you when you’re from everywhere and nowhere?
Alien Citizen: an earth odyssey is a funny and poignant one-woman show about growing up as a dual citizen of mixed heritage in Central America, North Africa, the Middle East, and New England.

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BOOKING THE SHOW
To bring Alien Citizen: an earth odyssey to your school or organization, with the option of a Q&A or a workshop on writing one's solo show or memoir, please email: eliang@wesleyan.edu


A SAMPLE OF AUDIENCE MEMBERS' RESPONSES

What an engaging, poignant and entertaining show! Every once in a while you stumble upon a little gem of a play...what a delicious, fulfilling evening of theatre! How refreshing your voice is, how interesting (even educational).
-Marilyn Tokuda, Arts Education Director, East West Players

Best Friday night I've had in months. What an accomplishment and what a lovely, enlightening, and haunting evening. This is remarkable theatre and your point of view is a wonderful gift to us all.
-Terri Wagener, Author/Screenwriter

Elizabeth Liang's comic timing, flair for the telling detail, massive range of emotive ability, and willingness to wrench open the wounds we all have are what first strike the viewer. But what remains is the knowledge that we gain from all great art: we are not alone.
-Dr. Wendy Laura Belcher, Princeton University

As a fellow TCK I am so thrilled that you are getting "our story" out there. I found so much of what you said healing for me - "me too, me too, me too!" I wanted to yell out. You were so honest and raw and and bare. Congratulations! May your show live a long life.
-Diahann Reyes, Writer/Actor


SYNOPSIS

Elizabeth Liang, like President Obama, is a Third Culture Kid or a TCK. Third Culture Kids are the children of international business people, global educators, diplomats, missionaries, and the military -- anyone whose family has relocated overseas because of a job placement. Liang weaves humorous stories about growing up as an Alien Citizen abroad with American commercial jingles providing her soundtrack through language confusion, first love, culture shock, Clark Gable, and sandstorms…

Our protagonist deals with the decisions every global nomad has to make repeatedly: to adapt or to simply cope; to build a bridge or to just tolerate. From being a Guatemalan-American teen in North Africa to attending a women’s college in the USA, Alien Citizen reflects her experience that neither one was necessarily easier than the other. She realizes that girls across the world are growing into womanhood in environments that can be hostile to females (including the USA). How does a young girl cope as a border/culture/language/religion straddler in country after country that feels "other" to her when she is the “other?” Where is the line between respecting others and betraying yourself?

Humor is a great survival mechanism! And friends make all the difference.


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TRAILER


EXCERPT: On losing language


EXCERPT: On (re)gaining language(s)


EXCERPT: Asian?


EXCERPT: On dual citizenship, national identity, & whatnot
4/14/14: The show will be part of the United States of Asian America Festival in San Francisco on May 10!

4/8/14: The World Bank Family Network has booked excerpts of the show for their gala dinner on May 13, and Williams College has booked the whole show for September 18!

4/2/14: The show is going to Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT next week on April 10!

2/13/14: Three international schools and the US Embassy in Panama City, Panama have booked excerpts from the show + Q&A for March 25-28, 2014.

1/31/14: Elizabeth performed an excerpt of the show at CSULA on January 27. She led a workshop after the performance for two classes back-to-back.

1/15/14: The show will be the closing keynote address at the Families in Global Transition (FIGT) conference in Virginia on March 23.
Princeton University performance will be on February 12 at 8pm at
Whitman College Class of 1970 Theatre. (Free--arrive early to secure your seat!)
M.I.T. performance will be on February 21 at 7pm in classroom # 6-120. Refreshments served beforehand. (Free.)

10/14/13: The show has been invited to M.I.T. after it goes to Princeton in February 2014!

9/30/13: The East Coast and NYC Premieres and Off Off Broadway debut were wonderfully received!

"It's a world tour no one should miss."
ELJNYC Off-BroadWay

"Honest... animated... This is, like a great many one-person shows, an intimate affair... She simply tells it better than most."
NY Theatre Guide

9/2/13: Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey has been invited to open the Women at Work Festival at Stage Left Studio in NYC on 9/24 & 9/25 at 7:30pm! Most proceeds will go to The Girl Effect and tix are available at: Women at Work: Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey

8/8/13: The trailer is now on the Home page and YouTube!
Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey trailer

6/29/13: The show has been invited to Princeton University this coming school year. This is a very exciting honor. Stay tuned for exact date(s)!

Publicity Stills
Photography by Wendy Belcher


Writer/Performer & Director
Photography by ?

Elizabeth Liang, Sofie Calderon
Elizabeth Liang leads a workshop on writing your solo show, memoir, or personal essay. Anyone who grew up (or is currently living) between or among different worlds, as a bridge or an island or both (whatever that may mean to you), will get a lot from this class. But all are welcome! The writing exercises are helpful for anyone with a story they want to share.

NEXT LOS ANGELES WORKSHOP WILL BE IN SPRING 2014. Small class size for maximum attention to participants.

For more info or to register, please email eliang@wesleyan.edu.

PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS


Photograph by Daniel Lawrence

One 50-minute workshop as guest lecturer at Princeton University in February 2014 (pictured above)

Two 90-minute workshops at California State University, Los Angeles in January 2014

One month-long workshop at Vs. Theatre in L.A. in January 2014

One 5-week workshop at ComedySportzLA in fall 2013

Concurrent Session on writing a TCK solo show, memoir, or personal essay at the Families in Global Transition (FIGT) conference in Virginia, March 2014 and in Maryland, March 2013

FEEDBACK FROM FIGT 2013 PARTICIPANTS

Very interactive + best session @ FIGT.
Absolutely excellent!
Loved it!
Awesome!
Very much inspiring! Thank you!
Thank you for great ideas + handouts + very practical help.
Great- enjoyed for show + writing exercises. Thank you!
Helped me to express.
PLEASE DO THIS AGAIN NEXT YEAR!
Fantastic.
Super well paced, excellent opening (solo show excerpt), created really safe space to share stories.
Superb! Invite her back next year!
 
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