In performance at the New York International Fringe Festival, Korean-adoptee Christine Simpson traces the 20 years-and-counting career of one of pop music’s unacknowledged geniuses. Along the way, she tries to come to grips with her adoption, her mother, and her obsession with the Roland SH 101 key-tar.

Update: January 7

Christine Simpson has been selected as one of nytheatre.com’s People of the Year for 2006. Christine shared with us the letter she received from nytheatre.com:

“Dear Christine,

We are very happy to let you know that you have been selected to be one of nytheatre.com’s People of the Year for 2006.

As you may know, we designate 15 theatre artists and companies to be our people of the year every December, to celebrate and shine the spotlight on the extraordinary achievements of some of NYC’s most prolific and talented folks.  This year, the People of the Year are being recognized on nytheatre.com:

http://www.nytheatre.com/nytheatre/ppl2006.htm

You can also see a slide show of the 15 People of the Year here:

http://www.nytheatre.com/nytheatre/ppl2006_a.htm

And you can hear our special People of the Year nytheatrecast, in which Michael Criscuolo and Martin pay tribute to our 15 honorees. You can download that here:

http://www.nyte.org/pcast/nythpod76.mp3

We hope you’ll help us spread the word about nytheatre.com’s People of the Year by sharing these links with your colleagues, friends and audience members.

nytheatre.com’s 2006 People of the Year are:

Aisling Arts
Blue Coyote Theater Group
John Clancy & Nancy Walsh
Collaboration Town
Edward Einhorn
Tim Errickson
Handcart Ensemble
Christopher Lueck
Taylor Mac
Kevin Newbury
Partial Comfort Productions
Prospect Theater Company
Debargo Sanyal
Christine Simpson
Daniel Talbott

Congratulations, and happy new year! We look forward to seeing you soon.

Best regards,

Martin Denton”

“An engaging little one-woman show, both written and performed by Christine Simpson and produced by the New York International Fringe Festival.  It chronicles, in a most charming way, the coming of age of a young Asian-American girl adopted by American parents – the dynamics of her stormy relationship with her mother, a stint with bisexuality and heroin addiction, all held together by her obsession with a-ha.”

In the engaging hour and a half she manages to amuse, delight, surprise, and bring close to tears …..

Some of the highlights for this viewer: the author’s recollection of the little 13 year-old girl attending her first New York City a-ha concert at Radio City Music Hall, her often acidic assessment, always on point and with love, of a-ha’s music through the years, and, despite the sturm und drang of the mother/daughter relationship, her devastation on hearing of her mother’s possible fatal illness.

Her narrative is interwoven with audio/visual effects – old pics of the guys, pics of herself and lots of a-ha music.”

Thanks to ‘visitor’ and ‘scoundrelboy’ on the Minor Earth Forum for this information.


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