NPR personality, author, performer, and professor Sandra Tsing Loh reveals the inspiration behind her comedic holiday play “Sugar Plum Fairy”. Throughout the episode, she gives a candid look into her life story and how it contributed to her unique voice in storytelling and media today. (Intro: The Real Prize)
Sandra Tsing Loh is an American writer, actress, radio personality, and former professor of art at the University of California, Irvine. Loh has been a regular commentator on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” and on Public Radio International’s “This American Life” and “Marketplace”. Her daily radio minute, “The Loh Down on Science,” is heard locally on KPCC (89.3 FM) and is internationally syndicated.
Loh’s solo theatre shows include “Aliens in America”, “Bad Sex With Bud Kemp”, “Sugar Plum Fairy”, “I Worry”, and “The Bitch Is Back”. Her bestselling New York Times Notable Book, “Mother on Fire”, was inspired by her hit solo show in 2005, during which time Variety named her one of America’s 50 most influential comedians. Loh published “The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones” in 2014, which was selected as one of the New York Times’ 100 Most Notable Books. It is based on her Best American Essay 2012 on menopause, originally published in The Atlantic Monthly. The play version of “Madwoman” premiered at South Coast Repertory in January 2016 and subsequently ran at the Pasadena Playhouse and Berkeley Repertory.