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Follow Tanya Thomas’ search for acceptance in America through the eyes of a drag queen from Singapore!

Singapore Global Network (SGN) is collaborating with Tanya Thomas to bring Naturally Tan to the community. A limited number of free tickets are available with a registration at this sign up link:
Sip on Singapore Slings during the show, enjoy Singapore food at the post show reception, and receive a goody bag filled with Singapore treats. It’s a party!
Featured as a “Best Bet for Weekend Culture” by the Los Angeles Times and following a Best of Fest win at Solofest and Pick of the Fringe Award at Hollywood Fringe, this multi award-winning play is now at Zephyr Theatre in Hollywood as an Official Selection of the Soaring Solo Star Series for one evening only!
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.
Stay for a Q&A session with a distinguished panel, and a post reception show featuring Singapore goodies!
What reviewers are saying:
  • “Naturally Tan is so relevant… funny and entertaining, but also very deep, authentic, and real.” – Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros, NOHO Arts
  • “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 a dynamic, terrific, one-woman show. Tanya Thomas is a very polished actress equally well versed at comedy and drama, and an excellent storyteller. She seamlessly performed over 35 characters and reminded me of an exotic Sandra Bullock.” – Harrison Held, Discover Hollywood
  • “It’s hard to believe as you view Tanya physicalize thirty-five characters onstage – free, beautiful, and vulnerable with the lights shining on her – that she was ever uncomfortable in her own skin. Tanya takes us on a global journey into Singapore’s culture as we find a woman battling for her identity, self-acceptance, and self-love… while discovering that colonialism has terrorized, infested, and affected beauty standards around the world. Naturally Tan is a potent testament to how having a variety of bodies – different colors and forms – grace the stage as storytelling vessels expands the scope of American theatre.” – Constance Strickland, Los Angeles Female Playwright Initiative
  • What an incredible show and a powerful message we all need to hear, cry and laugh with. it is truly so moving and powerful to watch Naturally Tan. Understanding and really connecting and celebrating the diversity of Asian culture… we are not a monolith. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. The AAPI community really needs to see this!” – Jo Allen, artist and creator of AAPI art collective, Golden 8ours

NATURALLY TAN in The Soaring Solo Stars Series at The Zephyr Theatre!


Zephyr Theatre, Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Zephyr Theatre, Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA