#FACinfocus News: All The World’s A Stage – Part 1

2nd Edwin Picture for InterviewsAnnouncement by Edwin A. Santos

Sunday, March 18, 2018

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You can discover and find the next generation of Filipino and Filipino American performers on the world’s stage while many from both the television and film industries return to theatre work while their projects are on hiatus.

Boni B. Alvarez, Reggie Lee, Lucy Burns and moderator Alec Mapa at the Park’s Finest

Last Saturday, March 10, the Center Theatre Group presented a special community conversation about Filipino Family Myths and Monsters with a panel. Folklore of the Philippines was discussed and celebrated with actor Reggie Lee (Grimm), Bloodletting playwright Boni B. Alvarez, and UCLA Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Lucy Burns.  Actor, comedian, and writer Alec Mapa (Marley & Me, Playing By Heart, Ugly Betty) moderated at the Park’s Finest in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles.

BBQ. Filipino-style. The Aswang. And Alec Mapa. What more could you ask for? said Lee.

Walter Boholst, Reggie Lee, Rex Sampaga and Melanie Anne Padernal at the Park’s Finest

Great discussion about myths, representation and awesome BBQ! said Walter Boholst.

You can listen to the panel discussion by clicking here:  https://soundcloud.com/centertheatregroup/ctg-podcast-bloodlettingfilipino-family-myths-and-monsters

FilAm Creative Founders/Board of Directors Boholst and Rex Sampaga with FAC member Melanie Anne Padernal (actress, Bernard and Huey) were honored to meet Lee at the brunch panel for the Filipino aswang play, Bloodletting before it opens at the last week of March.





On a visit to the Philippines to spread their father’s ashes, a brother and sister befriend a local girl who is revealed to be an aswang, a supernatural creature from Filipino folklore. Together they unlock the truth about their father, and the truth about themselves.  A fantastical journey to discover the power we hold within.

CAST: Evie Abat, Boni B. Alveraz, Alberto Isaac and Anne Yatco

Bloodletting will begin previews March 29, open March 31 and close April 8.

Happening at the Kirk Douglas Theatre located at 9820 Washington Boulevard in Culver City, CA 90232. Free three hour covered parking at City Hall with validation (available in the Kirk Douglas Theatre lobby).  For tickets and more information, click here: https://playwrightsarena.org/theater/bloodletting/


On Tuesday, March 6, Diane Phelan was cast in the Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock: The Musical.  She will play ‘Mrs. Dianica Hathaway.’  She made her debut on Tuesday, March 13 at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City.

school of rock
Diane Phelan

For info and tickets, click here: https://us.schoolofrockthemusical.com/tickets/

Also on Tuesday, March 13, Isa Briones made her debut as ‘Peggy Schuyler’ and ‘Maria Reynolds’ in the first national U.S. tour of Hamilton: The Musical.

Isa Briones Hamilton Tour 2018
Isa Briones

Last night I took my first bow as ‘Peggy/Maria’ in ‘Hamilton: The Musical’ and I had my family there to support me. I’m the luckiest girl alive, Briones wrote on her Instagram.

Jon Jon Briones, Ted Briones, Isa Briones and Meghan Johnson Briones – all in the family

For info and tickets, click here: https://hamiltonmusical.com/us-tour/tickets

It was announced back in February that the Kennedy Center’s inaugural season of Broadway Center Stage concerts will begin on February 14.  It continues in March with the Tony Award-winning In the Heights.  

Directed and choreographed by Stephanie Klemons, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes’ acclaimed musical, set in Washington Heights, will be presented in semi-staged concerts from Wednesday, March 21 thru Sunday, March 25 in the Eisenhower Theater in Washington D.C.  The cast will be headed by Vanessa Hudgens (Gigi, Grease: Live) as ‘Vanessa.’  Check out a rehearsal clip of “The Club” below.

For info and tickets, click here:  http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/TSBCA

Center Theatre Group’s previously announced world premiere of Soft Power, David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s new “play with a musical” will have performances run from Thursday, May 3 thru Sunday, June 10 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles followed by a run at San Francisco’s Curran Theater from Wednesday, June 20 thru Sunday, July 8.

Conrad Ricamora

Conrad Ricamora (Here Lies Love, The King and I, How to Get Away with Murder), Jaygee Macapugay (School of Rock), Billy Bustamante (Miss Saigon), Maria-Christina Oliveras (Amélie) and Geena Quintos (Miss Saigon) are some of the Filipino names in the cast.

For more info and tickets for Los Angeles, click here:  https://www.centertheatregroup.org/tickets/ahmanson-theatre/2017-18/soft-power/

For more info and tickets for San Francisco, click here: https://sfcurran.com/shows/soft-power/


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