I left my heart in San Francisco…at The Love Edition!

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be making my San Francisco debut with my ten-minute play, Puppy Love, as part of Bindlestiff Studio’s The Love Edition: Always & 4Ever! The festival features original pieces about “love, heartache and the weirdness in-between” written by seven playwrights from around the country. Bindlestiff is a Filipino-American theater company, and I’m excited to be connecting with fellow Fil-Am theater artists on the West Coast.

Puppy Love is actually an excerpt from my full-length play Lily in Love that I’ve been developing over the last couple years. It’s now a stand-alone ten-minute play, but it gives you a taste of what the full-length play is about. Here’s my little synopsis:

Lily loves Arlene. Arlene loves Lily. Lily loves dogs. Arlene does not. Puppy Love is what happens when Lily brings home a puppy…when what Arlene really wants is a baby.

The festival runs March 3-19 on weekends. Ticketing and information can be found here:

http://tle2016.bpt.me/

Hope you’ll come check it out! Mabuhay!

Fall already?!

It has been awhile since I’ve updated my website, but I’ve got some exciting events coming up this fall!

First up is the Dramatists Guild Fellows Annual Presentation on Monday, October 19th at 7pm at Playwrights Horizons.

Hard to believe, but it’s already been a year since the start of the DG Fellows Program…and now we’re presenting excerpts from the work we developed! It has been an incredible and inspiring year getting to know my fellow Fellows and their beautiful, engaging, ambitious work. Everyone had such interesting and unique stories to tell, and I learned so much about different styles and genres of writing. It was certainly eye-opening hearing the work of the musical theater fellows and getting a glimpse into their writing process!  It has really been an honor to be amongst this talented and supportive group of writers, and I have a feeling we will be bonded for a very long time because of this program.

So come hear a taste of what we worked on this year! It’s free and open to the public, but reservations are required at RSVP@dgfund.org. More information in the press release:

http://www.broadwayworld.com/off-broadway/article/The-Dramatists-Guild-Fund-to-Stage-New-Works-by-DG-Fellows-at-Playwrights-Horizons-20151002

Next up is another full-length reading of Lily in Love on Saturday, November 14th at 8pm at Queens Theatre as part of their 2015 New American Voices Fall Reading Series, in partnership with Mission to (dit)Mars. I’m so excited to be part of this line-up, which features two other women playwrights of color. I’m always heartened by theaters that make an effort to showcase the true diversity of our city, and Queens Theatre has been doing that brilliantly.

The reading is free, but reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling the Box Office at 718.760.0064. More information on the website:

http://queenstheatre.org/content/new-american-voices

Lastly, I want to invite you all to the first ever Mission to (dit)Mars Fundraiser, Full Speed Ahead, on Wednesday, October 21st from 6-10 pm at Sek’end Sun in Astoria. I’ve been a proud member of the MtD Propulsion Lab since 2013 and cannot say enough good things about both the writers group and the organization at large. 

I wrote Lily in Love from scratch during the 2013-14 season, and they presented the first public reading of it back in February. They are an incredibly supportive, generous and all-around amazing group of theater artists, and the Queens arts scene is better for their existence. If you’ve attended one of their events in the past, then you already know this! If they’re new to you and you live/work/create in Queens, then check them out! Either way, please consider attending our fundraiser so they can continue to support their great programming. Here’s where to purchase tickets and find out more:

https://www.artful.ly/store/events/7250

http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Mission-to-ditMars-to-Host-FULL-SPEED-AHEAD-Fundraiser-1021-20151007

That’s all for now! I hope you’ll be able to join me for one or all of these upcoming events!

Mission to (dit)Mars Presents Launch Pad Reading of LILY IN LOVE

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I’m happy to announce that the first public reading of my new play Lily in Love will be presented on Monday, February 16th at 8pm at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City!

I originally developed Lily in Love in the Mission to (dit)Mars Propulsion Lab writers group last season, and they will now be presenting it as part of their Launch Pad Reading Series. Over the last few months, I’ve continued to develop the play with The Dramatists Guild Fellows Program, and I’m excited to finally share it with the public for the first time.

The reading will be directed by Colette Robert and features Krystal Seli, Sarah Matteucci, Christine Lee, Johnny Lin and Mia Katigbak. I feel really fortunate to be working with such a brilliant director and cast, and can’t wait to see the play come to life in their hands.

Here is a little more information on the play, including the BroadwayWorld press release:

Lily is a good Catholic Filipina daughter who’s always known exactly what to do with her life — until she falls in love with a woman. Lily’s life just got complicated.

http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Mission-to-ditMars-to-Offer-Play-Reading-of-LILY-IN-LOVE-20150128#

The reading is FREE and open to the public! I hope you can join me! RSVP here:

http://missiontoditmars.com/reservations/

Monday, February 16th at 8pm
The Secret Theatre
4402 23rd Street, Long Island City, New York
E, M, or 7 train to Court Sq.
N/Q to Queensboro Plaza

Hello, Fellows!

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I have been accepted into The Dramatists Guild Fellows Program, which starts in one short week! I’m truly honored and humbled to participate in this program, and I can’t wait to soak up all the experience and knowledge I’m sure to gain from this community of fellow playwrights and musical theater writers, as well as the amazing mentors who’ll be sitting in on our sessions! I’m super excited and feeling incredibly grateful for this fantastic opportunity.

The program will have its Annual Presentation on Monday, October 6th at 7pm at Playwrights Horizons, with excerpts from the work created by the 2013-14 Fellows. Come join us — it’s free and open to the public!

11.04.14 Update: Click here to read my interview for The Dramatists Guild Fund Meet the Fellows Blog. And while you’re there, check out the other talented Fellows in my program this year!

Mission to (dit)Mars All Systems Go: Mission 2!

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I’ve had a fantastic time developing my new play, Lily in Love, with the Mission to (dit)Mars Propulsion Lab, and now we’re having excerpts presented in the All Systems Go: Mission 2 reading series on Monday, June 30th at 7pm!

I’m really so grateful for all the support, feedback and generosity of spirit this group has provided for me for the last several months. It’s such a great group of talented writers, and I feel so lucky to be counted as a member. So please come check out our work!

My excerpt will be directed by Colette Robert, and my cast includes Siho Ellsmore and Katie Consamus. The reading will take place at The Secret Theater, 4402 23rd Street, Long Island City.

It’s a free event and should be a fun night! Don’t forget to RSVP!

Here’s the BroadwayWorld press release:
http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Mission-to-ditMars-Presents-ALL-SYSTEMS-GO-MISSION-2-20140616#

And here’s more information on the playwrights and plays being presented:
http://missiontoditmars.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/all-systems-go-mission-2/

My Chicago debut!

I’m thrilled to share the news that my new ten-minute piece Sunday Surprise will receive its premiere production at A-Squared Theatre Workshop’s My Asian Mom 2014 Festival! This also marks the Chicago debut of my work, and I’m excited to be introduced to yet another theater community outside of NYC.

The cast includes Samantha Garcia, Alexandra Gonzalez, Tea Ro, and Pearl Paramadilok, with direction by Jin Kim.

May 2 – June 1, 2014 
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Sundays at 3:00 pm
$20

All performances will be held at:
Chicago Dramatists
1105 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
(enter the theatre from Aberdeen Street at the back of the building)

More information, including the full line-up of plays, can be found at:
My Asian Mom 2014

Also, fun fact: this piece is actually an excerpt from the new play I’ve been developing with the Mission to (dit)Mars Propulsion Lab, so consider it a sneak peek! Hope to see you in Chicago!

We have lift-off (and other fun puns)!

I’m happy to announce that I am now a member of the Mission to (dit)Mars Propulsion Lab, a writers group of Queens-based playwrights, which aims to “propel new plays forward.” Mission to (dit)Mars is a fantastic new arts collective that supports and promotes local artists in Queens, and they just launched the Propulsion Lab last year. I’m honored to be joining such a talented roster of playwrights, and to help grow a vibrant theater scene here in Queens. You can read all about it in the Broadway World press release:

Mission to (dit)Mars Welcomes Four New Members to Propulsion Lab

In other news, the second annual Run, Leviathan Run! fundraising campaign is up and running on Indiegogo! Leviathan Lab’s mission is to to advance Asian American performing artists by providing opportunities, resources and support for its company members in theater, film and new media.

Our Labbies are participating in the NYRR Bronx 10-Mile Run on September 29, 2013 to raise money for our 2013-14 season. As one of the writers-in-residence, I’ll have a new play presented next year, but that’s only one of the exciting new programs in store this season. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us get our ambitious projects out of the starting gate!

Run, Leviathan, Run! 2013