Naturally Tan

tanya thomas · Ages 16+ · one person show · United States of America

🏆 WINNER: PICK OF THE FRINGE
🏆 WINNER: BEST OF BROADWATER AWARD
🏅 NOMINEE: TOP OF THE FRINGE
🏅 NOMINEE: BEST SOLO PERFORMANCE

Told through the bold perspective of a vivacious drag queen named Tanvi, Naturally Tan follows Tanya Thomas’ desperation to fit in as a minority in Singapore and her search for acceptance in America. Fueled by assimilation pains, Tanya delves into the heart of colorism that plagues the Asian diaspora, the complexities of racial identity, and the consequences of damaging beauty standards. Will Tanya hide behind her insecurities forever or will she embody her worth as a woman of color, mother, and artist?

Naturally Tan is a one-woman seriocomic play written and performed by Tanya Thomas, with direction and development by Jessica Lynn Johnson. Experience a powerful amalgamation of seriocomic elements, music, dance, and compelling visuals through 35 multicultural characters as Tanya guides the audience through her transcendent cross cultural path to self-worth. Naturally Tan adds a distinct voice to the full range and diversity of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) stories.

CRITICS ARE LOVING NATURALLY TAN:
“Tanya Thomas is totally and astoundingly brilliant in her solo show about her multicultural upbringing and ongoing life… As she morphs between more characters than I could count, each one a complete and fascinating character study, Tanya allowed her self-assured persona to shine through, always secure in her stage presence and keeping the audience enchanted from start to finish in this 90 minute tour-de-force performance.” – Shari Barrett, Broadway World and the Culver City News

“Naturally Tan is so relevant. It’s funny and entertaining, but also very deep, authentic and real. It is a beautifully written solo show… cunningly told through the narration of her friend Tanvi, a rather wonderful Singaporean drag queen. I loved Naturally Tan and I hope you get the chance to see it for yourself.” – Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros, Noho Arts

production team

* Fringe Veteran