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Chang(e) Soomi Kim


Additional support provided in part by an HNYPN Artist Residence at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. Change is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Asian Arts Initiative in partnership with HERE, and NPN's Forth Fund. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency).

Chang(e) ran from Nov 4-22, 2015 in the Mainstage Theatre.

About the show

Fighting for global social transformation, performance artist and activist Kathy Change (formerly Kathleen Chang) was on a mission to save the world from disaster. As a final act of protest, she self-immolated on the campus of UPenn in October 1996. Chang(e) is a live-staged docudrama that slips between reality and fantasy, plunging viewers inside the mind of Kathy Change. Through a phantasmagorical blend of dance, text (interview and performance transcriptions and Change's own writings), video and original score, Change’s prescient defiance comes to life in this real life account of a modern day "Cassandra."


Devised in collaboration by
Soomi Kim and Suzi Takahashi

Performed by Soomi KimBen Skalski, Kiyoko Kashiwagi, David Perez-Ribada*, Criena House, Adriana Spencer, and Zeke Stewart

Directed by Suzi Takahashi

Composed by Adam Rogers

Set by Bryce Cutler

Video by  Kevan Loney

Lights by Lucrecia Briceno

Costumes by Machine Dazzle

Sound by Iggy Hung

Choreography by Alexandra Beller

Spoken Word Coaching by Kit Yan

Assistant Directed by Leta Tremblay

Stage Managed by Alex West

Photo Credit Benjamin Heller

*Appears courtesy of Actors Equity Association