TYPE OF SHOW
Virtual - On Demand (Theatre)
Cincinnati, OH and Portland, OR
Streaming on demand July 24*-July 31, 2021.
Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court
When Simon Tam started an Asian American dance rock band called The Slants, he didn't realize that he was starting an entire movement around freedom of expression and discussions on identity. The band flipped stereotypes with their bombastic live shows and community activism. But when Simon applied to register a trademark on the band's name, the government dragged him all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States. SLANTED is the story of an indomitable spirit who so believes in the idea of justice that he's willing to risk everything along the way for the dignity of self-identity.
Simon shares a deeply personal account that will take you from anime conventions to the Supreme Court, all in the name of justice. The story provides a raw look at our legal system with unflinching honesty and offers timely insights on freedom of speech, how to connect with others we disagree with, and the power of music. Gripping, funny, enlightening, and ultimately uplifting, SLANTED proves that no obstacle is too difficult to conquer - as long as you have a little heart and a lot of rock n' roll. It's an irrepressible story that is fresh, alive, and defines what it means to be American.
Based on the book by the same name, as featured in Rolling Stone, Billboard, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, New York Times, Washington Post (also editor's choice), and many more.
Winner, Indy Week Theater's Critic Choice (Feb 2021)
Written by Simon Tam
Simon Tam - Writer and Performer
Joe X. Jiang - Performer