Edinburgh Fringe Festival-bound performance artist and NPR's Marketplace commentator Kristina Wong debuts her latest solo show, Going Green the Wong Way, here in Los Angeles. The show was inspired by Wong’s own experience with driving a 1981 pink Mercedes car that ran solely on vegetable oil. Now, it may sound like a romantic idea to help save the earth by taking your car to Fattywagons, for example, and having them convert your diesel Mercedes Benz to a vegetable oil or biodiesel running car, but there may be more to it to make us think twice. Even the Fattywagons’ main homepage clearly states “Do to the variations in WVO and the effects that poor quality Veggie Oil can have on engines when used as fuel, Fattywagons does not and will not accept any responsibility for any mechanical damage to your engine, damage to vehicles or any bodily injury caused by the use of vegetable oil as fuel in any case whatsoever.” Which is perhaps why Lovecraft Biofuels on Sunset Junction went out of business.
Wong has first-hand experience on this matter with her enduring nightmare of never-ending car repairs, dangerous pursuits for the used cooking oil to fuel it, and the eventual near death experience when her car caught on fire while she was driving it on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles and had only a few seconds to run out. She lost the “largest line item in her monthly budget” which fueled her latest eco-comedy theater show where she also shares her experience on her current carbon-free living which I am thinking, no longer involves car fires on the 405. It opens tonight at the Bootleg Theater with a Green Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 7:00 p.m. right before the show. Wong recently had a Kickstarter crowd funding fundraiser to raise money to take her show to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She won the fundraiser and raised $16,711 with proceeds going to her production team to make the performance possible and proof that Miss Wong has quite a large number of supporters who believe in her work.
Going Green the Wong Way is written and performed by Kristina Wong and directed by Paul Tei. It was originally produced by Mad Cat Theatre Company in Miami, FL. It opens tonight, June 28 and runs through July 22, 2012. Show times are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $15. The Bootleg Theater is located at 2220 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90057, across from Brooklyn Bagel. Private parking is now available across the street behind the church for $3, just look for the signs. For more information or to purchase tickets visit bootlegtheater.org.