Bad Activist

“Bad Activist” is Mai Khôi’s multimedia autobiography - a stage show that combines original music, projections, archival footage, and storytelling to interrogate the relationship between art and activism. The story begins with Khôi’s upbringing in a country devastated by war, and follows her rise to fame as a pop star, her dangerous turn towards politics and activism, and finally her exile to the United States. “Bad Activist” features twelve of Khôi’s genre-busting songs, arranged for and performed live onstage by her five-piece band, Mai Khôi and the Dissidents.


“Bad Activist” has a flexible duration (up to 90 minutes), and has been presented at venues ranging from large festival stages to university classrooms. For speaking engagements, “Bad Activist” can also be presented without music (up to 45 minutes) or as a solo performance (up to 80 minutes).


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Script by Mai Khôi, Benjamin Swanton, Cynthia Croot, and Mark Micchelli
Music by Mai Khôi, Mark Micchelli, and Ngọc Đại
Lyrics by Mai Khôi and Bùi Chát

Projection design by Aaron Henderson
Music direction by Mark Micchelli
Directed by Cynthia Croot

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