“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 band, Mai Khôi and the Dissidents. Early iterations of the show have been presented at venues in New York, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, the Netherlands, and Germany.
Run Time: 90 minutes
Script by Mai Khôi, Benjamin Swanton, Mark Micchelli, and Cynthia Croot
Music by Mai Khôi and Ngoc Dai
Lyrics by Mai Khôi and Bùi Chát
Projection Design by Aaron Henderson
Music direction by Mark Micchelli
Directed by Cynthia Croot