Time Out New York: “Chang(e)” Theater Review

change_soomi-kimKathy Change, the titular character, was born Kathleen Chang (hence the parenthetical letter in the title). A dancer and activist—and ex-wife to Asian-American pioneer playwright Frank Chin—she set herself on fire in 1996 on the University of Pennsylvania’s quad in an act of political protest. Chang(e) attempts to uncover the woman behind the act, who turns out to be a bevy of contradictions. Change spoke up against economic inequalities and racism, but took a white lover out of economic convenience. She sprinkled marijuana on her food but could quote Scripture. She was a manic-depressive who tried to commit suicide twice, yet believed in the power of love to change the world. Change is a figure who defies easy categorization or audience sympathy.” —Time Out New York

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