Posts Tagged ‘theatre’

My Next Producer Role Project

Woohoo! I finally got to launch my Indiegogo campaign for the full-length play I’m co-producing, “There’s The Moon And Then There’s You.” It also ended up trending on Indiegogo’s Theater tab! I hope that’s a good thing.

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The play is written by a friend of mine, Christina Ying, and it is absolutely beautiful. It is the story of a Vietnamese man, David Nguyen, who dreams of going to the moon while living the harsh reality that is his life. His wife is the 24-hr caretaker of her disabled brother, Caleb, and their married life is no longer the honeymoon it once was. David gets the chance of a lifetime to fulfill his dream of going to the moon but when his wife stands in the way of his dream, David resorts to drastic measures to find his happiness.

When I first read the play, I honestly fell in love. It was a real page turner! And that speaks volumes as I am not an avid reader unless they are diet books, cookbooks or notebooks. I’m really excited to for audiences to watch this play. It is a story worth telling. The characters are not your average, run-of-the-mill personas. They are people of color, they are relatable, and they play a poignant part of Asian-American storytelling.

Also, our director, Lorna Velasco, is dubbed the “Mother of Bindlestiff.” Bindlestiff Studio is a little blackbox theater that is like the Asian-American Northern Californian version of The Groundlings Theater in SoCal. Bindlestiff has given a creative voice to so many people in my community and I’m so proud to be a part of it. I don’t think I would be the person I am today if I didn’t have the Bindlestiff community in my life.

I would love for everyone to be supportive of this project. The story needs to be told and with enough help, we can make the run of this play an absolute success. I know we’re not Broadway but just because something is on Broadway doesn’t mean everyone will love it. With this play, I feel pretty confident that everyone will love it.

It will be mounted 5/30/15 – 6/13/15 at Bindlestiff Studio, 185 6th St @ Howard St., San Francisco.

I can’t wait. Check out our promo video!

The Love Edition Film Shoot

So, I’m one of the producers for an upcoming show called “The Love Edition: Love Bytes.” It’s a show at Bindlestiff Studio that mounted its first run back in 2006 during February, produced by Chuck Lacson and Raf Lim, along with Associate Producers Nina De Torres Ignacio and John Raposas. And since it was in February, it became about love. First year, its theme was radio. The show was set up like a radio talk show where you could hear people call into a radio talk show and talk about their love problems. Then the stories onstage would play out from what you heard. The second time it mounted in 2007, the theme was TV and the show was set up like a talk show where a tv talk show host would discuss people’s love problems as if they were at a live recording of the show. Some audience members actually that it was a really show being recorded because there were monitors put up in the theater to make it feel like a live taping. Ultimately, the Love Edition went on hiatus because the producers were unable to commit to mounting another run and no one else attempted to take over.

It wasn’t until now that the original producers were able to commit to mounting a third installment of The Love Edition and this year, the theme is about love online, hence the title, “Love Bytes.” I have always wanted to be a part of the show in some way. I participated as an Assistant Director to one of the pieces in the 2nd Love Edition back in 2007 but I wasn’t sure how I would be able to participate this year. When they did the call out for written pieces, I wanted to submit but couldn’t find the time to write out a script by the deadline. I was sad about that so I thought maybe I could audition when the time came, but I never feel like I would fit the roles that are usually out there so I wasn’t too hopeful about that. 

One day, while at the theater, I was approached by one of the producers to become one of the Associate Producers for the next Love Edition. I can’t tell you how surprised I was to be asked to do something like that as I was not even really sure what a producer does. Apparently, projects I’ve done where I had to make something happen from beginning to end was considered “producing.” I was elated and excited to be a part of such a beloved show. Love has always been my area of weakness as I know NOTHING so I thought maybe I could learn a thing or two. 

Anyway, the point of my post. Just finished the film shoot portion of The Love Edition. It will be a web promo for the show and I have to say, this particular film shoot was by far, the funniest project I have ever had the pleasure of participating in. I’m so glad I was there to witness all the comedic moments of the shoot. There were people whom I asked if they could help out on the shoot and I actually feel sorry for them that they said no and weren’t there to enjoy these good times. GREAT times. I wish I could relive all those moments of laughter. It was too fun. This film shoot really made me think twice about what I want to do with my career. They said that when you find a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. It is very true. While the whole weekend involved a lot of hard work, I have to say I had the greatest time. It was a good way to start off 2014 and I can’t wait to see the final results after the editor gets a hold of the footage.

Here are a few screen captures. Find us at http://www.youtube.com/theloveedition

Enjoy!

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UPDATE: Here are the final results! Watch on a laptop or desktop and turn on your annotations to get the full interactive experience!

Keeping Busy

So many events and projects have caused me to neglect my blog! But I found some time today to dedicate to documenting some of the things that have been happening. Last week, we finished our run of A Pinoy Midsummer at Bindlestiff Studio and it was a completely sold out run! We even had to add 2 more shows due to high demand! I guess I can cross “Be in a sold out show” off my bucket list. I was really excited to be a part of this show because I love working with it’s director, Lorna Velasco. She was the director I started Bindlestiff with so it’s nice to be able to reconnect. I was initially supposed to play Snug the Joiner but I opted to play kulintang instead. I just really missed playing the instrument and it gave me a chance to relearn some of the songs I had lost.

Another project I had done was that we finally got to shoot our intro for Granny Cart Gangstas! This is an all-female comedy troupe I’m trying to start through YouTube. We attempted to film our intro video last year in December but we got shut down by security. Apparently, you can’t take pictures or film in a private park, even though there are no signs stating it was a private park. We recasted the parts and my friend directed the short piece and watching the raw clips had me crackin up. I can’t wait to see them edited and completed.

I also started an internship with a movie called “Saltwater,” written by Lise Swenson. I’m really enjoying it because I’m a part of the casting team and I was excited when I was assigned to do a dossier on Rider Strong. Of course it was also me who suggested him but I truly envisioned him for the character in the movie. I don’t have any expectations on whether the director will agree but at least I threw it out there. It would have been nice to see him audition for the part.

Alas, my time is up and I have to move onto other activities for now. I have an afternoon to nighttime meeting today so I need to buy some Hennessy. Ciao!