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Run time: 60-75 minutes. No intermission.
Age Recommendation: Ages 15+
written and performed by Katie Ka Vang
direction and dramaturgy by Zaraawar Mistry
In Final Round, Katie Ka Vang tells her personal, heartfelt story of living with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Set in a boxing ring, Katie punches and kicks her way through cancer while living with her family, planning a Hmong wedding, and dreaming of eating ramen noodles again.
Photo Credit: Rich Ryan Photography
Katie Ka Vang is a Hmong American playwright and theatre artist. She has been described as a "dynamic performer and relentless writer of truth." She has performed for Pangea World Theater, Theatre Mu, Pillsbury House Theatre, Exposed Brick Theatre, Ordway Center for Performing Arts, Center for Hmong Arts and Talent, and the Walker Art Center. Katie received an international playwright's residency at The Royal Court Theatre in London. She has also received grants from the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and The National Performance Network's Creation Fund and Forth Fund. Her commissioned performances and plays include wtf and Hmong Bollywood. Katie received The Woman of The Year Award from The Amherst Wilder Foundation's HWAT's program for her play wtf. She has an MFA in Playwriting from Brown University.
Final Round has been supported by the Knight Foundation through a Knight Arts Challenge Award, the Jerome Foundation, and Asian Adult Day Care.