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Performance Dates
September 15, 2022 7:00 PM
PNC Theatre

Ticket Prices
$35 - $250


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“If music alone could break chains, this would be the music to do it.”
— The Economist

Mai Khoi rose to pop stardom in Vietnam, where she played arena concerts and was often compared to Lady Gaga in the international media. But when she turned her celebrity to the cause of free expression, her music was banned. She was detained, harassed, evicted from her home and eventually forced into exile. She now lives in Pittsburgh. For her courage in defending human rights, Mai Khoi has been awarded the Vaclav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent and the Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award for Free Speech.

The Pittsburgh Playhouse, Point Park University's Center for Media Innovation and the International Free Expression Project (IFEP) are proud to present the fully realized theatrical production of "Bad Activist" — a multimedia tour de force in which Mai Khoi tells her remarkable story and performs with extraordinary musicianship. 

This production is part of the Media Innovators Speaker Series, which welcomes media changemakers and leaders in the field who have made significant contributions to journalism, storytelling and free expression.

IFEP and "Bad Activist" Merchandise will be available for purchase at the event.

A $250 VIP ticket entitles you to the following benefits:

  • Reserved premium seat for the World Premiere of Mai Khoi’s Bad Activist
  • An invitation to the artist’s private afterparty in the Playhouse Highmark Theater
    • Enjoy Mai Khoi jamming with her band members and chatting with guests
    • Food and drink and a meet-and-greet opportunity with Mai Khoi
    • A live auction of a home-cooked meal with Mai Khoi at Winged House, her home in City of Asylum, and a silent auction of IFEP artworks

VIP tickets support the International Free Expression Project, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organization that works to advance free-expression rights. Mai Khoi is a member of IFEP’s International Advisory Board.




The International Free Expression Project is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom and free-expression rights. It is working to build a world in which everyone can be who they are, say what they want, and be heard. 


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  • Mai Khoi: Bad Activist

    September 15, 2022 7:00 PM

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