There are thousands of artists is New York City, some scratching out a living while perfecting their craft in basements or on stage. WNYC is bringing a few of them to the spotlight, in their own voices.
Here, Meiyin Wang. Born in Singapore of Chinese parents, Wong is a young creative force in New York theater. She is the associate producer of the Public Theater's Under The Radar Festival, which presents experimental work, and she is also a director.
She is directing “So Go the Ghosts of Mexico, Part One,” at La Mama in the East Village until April 28th. The play, written by Matthew Paul Olmos, is about the Mexican drug war, and is inspired by the life of a real woman who volunteered to replace a beheaded police chief in her border town.
Meiyin Wang and the cast of "So Go the Ghosts of Mexico, part one.” (Photo by Steven Schreiber)
Wang said the topic is a hard one to present. "Trying to balance sort of the gory detail, and have it place on stage and yet make it feel real is just a technical challenge," she said.
Click on the audio link above to hear Wang talk more about the play, and about her vision for theater.