Live Talks Los Angeles event:
This event was taped with an audience on October 13, 2022.
in conversation with Sandra Tsing Loh
Making a Scene
$ 40 Virtual Admission + signed Book (includes shipping)
$ 10 Virtual Admission
*The virtual event is available on video-on-demand to ticket holders
for 72 hrs after the event, so thru October 22 at midnight.
A powerful and poignant memoir-in-essays from Constance Wu, the star of Crazy Rich Asians and Hustlers.
Constance Wu is the Golden Globe Award–nominated star of Crazy Rich Asians and Hustlers. Her breakthrough role was starring as Jessica Huang in the television comedy Fresh Off the Boat(2015–2020). She has been nominated for the Screen Actors Guild award, two Television Critics Association awards, and four Critics Choice awards. Time has honored her as one of the 100 Most Influential People of the Year.
Sandra Tsing Loh is a writer/performer whose off-Broadway solo shows include: Aliens in America and Bad Sex With Bud Kemp. Repertory theatre: Sugar Plum Fairy (Geffen, Seattle Rep, East West Players), I Worry (Woolly Mammoth, Kennedy Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville) , the Madwoman in the Volvo (South Coast Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Berkeley Rep), and The Bitch Is Back (Broad Stage), Her comic memoirs include the Madwoman and the Roomba, Madwoman in the Volvo, Mother on Fire, A Year in Van Nuys, and Depth Takes a Holiday. A contributing editor to the Atlantic, Loh has been featured on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” PRI’s “Marketplace,” and Ira Glass’ “This American Life.” Since 2004, she has hosted the syndicated daily radio minute (KPCC/NPR)“The Loh Down on Science.”
“There were times when I was reading Making a Scene that I didn’t realize I was holding my breath; it’s that riveting and personal. Making a Scene is a treasure and so is Constance Wu. I feel so lucky to call this talented and hilarious woman my friend.” —Mindy Kaling, author of Why Not Me?
Growing up in the friendly suburbs of Richmond, Virginia, Constance Wu was often scolded for having big feelings or strong reactions. “Good girls don’t make scenes,” people warned her. And while she spent most of her childhood suppressing her bold, emotional nature, she found an early outlet in local community theater—it was the one place where big feelings were okay—were good, even. Acting became her refuge, her touchstone, and eventually her vocation. At eighteen she moved to New York, where she’d spend the next ten years of her life auditioning, waiting tables, and struggling to make rent before her two big breaks: the TV sitcom Fresh Off the Boat and the hit film Crazy Rich Asians.
Through raw and relatable essays, Constance shares private memoires of childhood, young love and heartbreak, sexual assault and harassment, and how she “made it” in Hollywood. Her stories offer a behind-the scenes look at being Asian American in the entertainment industry and the continuing evolution of her identity and influence in the public eye.
“MAKING A SCENE is a tribute to the people and events that have shaped my humanity and determined the direction of my life. Writing it taught me to look back on formative memories with curiosity and attention, rather than my old patterns of judgment and shame. It was a practice I found healing and heartening. My hope for this book is that it might encourage readers to look at their own lives in this way, too. My hope is that it will be helpful,” Constance wrote. Through her poignant, raw, and courageous essays, MAKING A SCENE paints an intimate portrait of the pressures and pleasures of existing in today’s world, and is sure to resonate with fans and readers everywhere.