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Suzanne Whang's Solo Show
Starting in February at Beyond Baroque, Directed by Eve Brandstein
In her new solo show, Suzanne Whang reveals her truth about being an overachieving Asian woman. Suzanne radically and comically dissects issues of race, culture, gender and politics, as well as how she is making Stage 4 cancer her "bitch." The world of Suzanne Whang is funny, spiritually revealing, poetic and notorious.
This show is a "work in progress" so we'll be soliciting audience feedback at the end of each performance.
Ticket prices are $25 at the door, $20 if you secure your seat early by ordering online.
"I laughed and I cried, and that's the first time I've said that about a theatre piece NOT in mockery." – Bill Maher, "Real Time with Bill Maher"
"Suzanne is that rarest of birds: a beauty of great intelligence and humor, whose character and courage serve as healing tonic to us all." -- Judd Nelson, "The Breakfast Club", "The Billionaire Boys Club" and "The Dark Backward"
"This is a show about bravery. No matter who you are or where you've been, you can't help but walk out of that theatre full of hope + inspiration. And isn't that what art is supposed to do, anyway?" -- Susan Hayden/Library Girl
"This is the most powerful piece of theatre I've ever seen in my life."
-- Jim Vallely, Co-Executive Producer and Writer of "Arrested Development"
"Daring, politically incorrect, and unlike anything else around, Suzanne Whang's stuff is just flat out hilarious."
-- Stephen Collins, 7th Heaven
"Bold, funny, and committed on stage. Actually, she should probably just be committed."
--Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars and America's Funniest Videos
"Here's how funny, beautiful and smart Suzanne Whang is: She has cancer and I'm jealous of her. Of course, I don't want cancer, but I want everything else Suzanne has and is. Right now I'd settle for just her phenomenal energy. Also, did you know that a lot of performers are not thinking when they're on stage? They're not really present. When Suzanne is on stage, she's completely alive and alert. That's really something to behold. I won't miss this show. I need another fix."
-- Tracy Newman, Founding member of The Groundlings, 1997 Emmy winner for co-writing the Ellen "coming-out" episode, Co-creator of "According To Jim"
"Cancer should never have picked a fight with Suzanne. She called it out and kicked it in the balls....but in a funny way." -- Laraine Newman, "Saturday Night Live and Founding member of The Groundlings
As a stand-up comedian, Suzanne won the First Annual Andy Kaufman Award at the New York Comedy Festival! She was recognized for her Courage, Creativity, Originality and Humor by the festival judges, and won a spot as a featured comic on Comedy Central’s "Premium Blend". She also won Best Up & Coming Comedian at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival. Both honors were bestowed on her controversial, shocking, and politically incorrect alter-ego, SUNG HEE PARK. The act is a satire of racism in America, reminiscent of Archie Bunker’s character in the ground-breaking sitcom, All In The Family.
Suzanne’s stand-up has been compared to Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Lucille Ball, and Andy Kaufman. She has been a regular performer at the Improv in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe, and she has headlined at comedy clubs all over the U.S. and Canada. Suzanne’s slogan for her comedy act is: “Don’t judge a gook by her cover.”
Suzanne was also the host of "House Hunters", the #1 rated show on HGTV (Home & Garden Television Network) for almost ten years, and she also hosted the hit spinoff show, "House Hunters International". In 2011 Suzanne co-hosted the Emmy award winning live coverage of the Academy Awards for Oscar.com with Dave Karger of Entertainment Weekly. As an actor, Suzanne has appeared in numerous television series, including four seasons as Polly the hilarious spa manager on NBC’s "Las Vegas", and she recently completed a 6 week stint on ABC’s "General Hospital" as Carol Cheng, the funny and loathsome wedding planner. You may also have seen Suzanne in co-starring roles on "Two & a Half Men", "Boston Legal", "Still Standing", "Criminal Minds", "Nip/Tuck", "The Practice", "Strong Medicine", "Robbery Homicide Division", "Norm", and "NYPD Blue" and in the feature film Constantine starring Keanu Reeves.
In 2011 Suzanne Whang revealed her five year journey with metastatic breast cancer in a series of performances that have drawn tears, laughter and standing ovations from men and women alike. Her insights about life, love, beauty and truth, and her revelations about secrecy, struggle and strength have been called powerful, transformative and liberating by her audiences.
Suzanne is extremely happy and grateful to be working with Eve Brandstein on this show.
About Eve Brandstein
Eve Brandstein, one of Hollywood’s most prolific creative professionals, has made contributions to nearly every facet of the entertainment industry. She has been a major studio executive, a producer, a director, writer/creator, casting director, talent manager and author.
Brandstein was casting executive for Norman Lear’s production companies after directing New York theater; Manhattan Theater Club, Provincetown Playhouse, Hudson Theater Guild, etc. and in Los Angeles as a resident of the LA Public Theater at the Coronet Theater.
She made her debut as a filmmaker at AFI as part of the prestigious Directing Women’s Workshop. Some of her credits for casting over two decades include, “Diff’rent Strokes”, “One Day At A Time”, “Facts of Life”, and “Who’s The Boss”, "The Ponderosa" and a dramatic series shot in Australia, "Beastmaster". She will be forever famous for having cast the rock’n’roll parody “Spinal Tap.” She also has an extensive list of credits as a writer, producer and director in television and independent film. Recently she co-produced and co-directed 13 episodes of "John Waters Presents Movies That Will Corrupt You."
Besides these accomplishments she is a psychotherapist, educator and a published author, poet and curator of the long running Poetry In Motion L.A. spoken word series since 1998. In 2011 she returned to her original creative home of the theater for the Jewish Women’s Theater production of “Stories From the Fringe" and this past summer the original premiere, “Revisiting Wildfire” at the Odyssey Theater, which will be opening in June at the Arclight Theater in NY. She is honored to be in creative collaboration with Suzanne Whang on “Cracked Open: Let Go & Let Gook”.
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