Mai Khoi's
Bad Activist

The International Free Expression Project and Point Park University Center for Media Innovation invite you to experience "Bad Activist," a multimedia performance by exiled Vietnamese pop star/dissident Mai Khoi at Pittsburgh Playhouse on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.

“The audience was in shock, tears, silent. Mai Khoi is an extraordinary artist and activist. Her work must be shared and known by everyone.”


— Claire Dépit, youth activist organizer for The Roosevelt Institute and University College Roosevelt

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Mai Khoi learned to play piano on a cardboard box and rose to pop stardom in Vietnam. She played arena concerts and was widely compared to Lady Gaga in the international press. But when she challenged government censors and turned her celebrity to the cause of free expression, her music was banned. She was detained, harassed and evicted by the police. She now lives in exile in Pittsburgh.


This production of "Bad Activist" is the culmination of three years of Mai Khoi working with musicians, artists, filmmakers and director/writer/activist Cynthia Croot, chair of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Theatre Arts. It features Mai Khoi telling her captivating story, playing her powerful music, and projecting images and artworks from her life and career.

For her courage in defending human rights, Mai Khoi has been awarded the Vaclav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent and the Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award for Freedom of Speech.

VIP Afterparty

Join us after the show, from 8:30 - 10:30 p.m. in the Playhouse's Highmark Theatre!

Mai Khoi invites you to join her private "Bad Activist" Afterparty in the Highmark Theatre. She will jam with her band, take questions and chat with partygoers. Food and drink will be served. IFEP will hold a silent auction for IFEP artworks and a live auction for an intimate home-cooked dinner for four with Mai Khoi at Winged House, her home at City of Asylum.


VIP tickets are available for $250 on the Pittsburgh Playhouse website. These tickets include a premium reserved seat for Mai Khoi's performance and an invitation to the Afterparty. Don't miss this opportunity to meet one of the most celebrated human-rights activists in the world. Proceeds benefit the International Free Expression Project.