Elizabeth Liang to Perform ALIEN CITIZEN at Williams College

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., September 3, 2014—Actress and writer Elizabeth Liang will visit Williams College on Thursday, Sept. 18, to give her solo performance, ALIEN CITIZEN: An Earth Odyssey, in the Adams Memorial Theatre at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance.

Admission is free but tickets are required and can be obtained in person at the Box office or by calling (413) 597-2425, Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m., or online at 62center.williams.edu/box-office/.

The show is 80 minutes long with no intermission and begins at 7:30 p.m. A 20-minute Q&A with Liang with follow.

As a “third culture kid” (a term that refers to someone who has had a significant living experience outside their own culture), Liang shares her personal experiences growing up in such diverse places as Costa Rica, Panama, Morocco, and Egypt. Liang attempts to weave cultures together and explores how multitudes of borders, languages, and cultures shape the “global nomad.”

In Liang’s show, “The protagonist deals with decisions every global nomad has to make repeatedly: to adapt or to simply cope; to build a bridge or to just tolerate. How does a young girl cope with… a country that feels ‘other’ to her when she is the ‘other?’” Her show deals with issues such as culture shock, language barriers, and self-identity.

Elizabeth Liang graduated from Wesleyan University. She contributed an essay to Williams Professor Gene Bell-Villada’s recent book, Writing Out of Limbo: International Childhoods, Global Nomads, and Third Culture Kids. Liang is an actress and a writer who has worked in both English and Spanish-language films. She has won acclaim from Women in Film, the American Film Institute, and the Directors Guild of America.

The event is sponsored by the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, with support from the Ford Schumann Fund for Democratic Studies, the Davis Center, Claiming Williams, the Dean’s Office, and the programs in Comparative Literature, International Studies and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.


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