San Diego Repertory Theatre presents Meryenda, a free Filipinx community kwentuhan (storytelling)
Join us at San Diego REP on Sat May 21 for conversation, food and celebration of the Filipinx and AAPI experience.
Meryenda is an afternoon to decompress and engage with others in the Filipinx and Fil-Am community. Enjoy performances and a listening session with a panel of creatives and community members in the San Diego area and the Filipinx Diaspora.
Free to attend, register at the ‘Buy Tickets’ link.
Meryenda features excerpts from:
The Butterfly of Chula Vista by Giovanni Ortega follows Libertad Molina, a Mexi-Pino (Mexican-Filipino American) as he embraces his many layers by performing drag at GG Island Grindz Bar & Grill in Chula Vista. This heart-felt and fast-paced comedy touches on powerful themes about familial duty, identity and acceptance. Giovanni Ortega is currently an Assistant Professor in Pomona College’s Department of Theatre for the Claremont Colleges. His work, such as Criers for Hire and ALLOS, the Story of Carlos Bulosan has been performed globally including in Sydney and Singapore. He was a resident scholar for Playwriting Australia’s National Play Festival and is the Artistic Director of FILAMARTS Teatro.
Loosely based on the author's surprise pregnancy at an "advanced" age, Proud Marys is a Fil-Am musical comedy is a story about the tough choices women must make about their mental and physical health while navigating the toxic mixed messages of well-meaning family members who work hard, play mahjong all night long, then go to church...usually in that order.
United AAPI Artists
United AAPI Artists connect San Diego-based AAPI artists to support, grow, and advocate for ourselves and the AAPI community. Our vision is to empower San Diego-based AAPI artists to achieve their full creative potential as people, leaders, and culture bearers—whether working as independent artists or within institutions—to build a more equitable and representative society. We welcome fellow AAPI artisans, technicians, curators, arts administrators, arts leaders, arts educators, and artists of all disciplines to join us at our meetings anytime. With Hortense Gerardo’s The Makeover, featuring Kaileykielle Hoga and Cindy Alfonso.
HIRAYA is Ajay Pawanna devised piece, a passion project initiated in order to amplify and raise awareness about the Filipina American experience. It is a filmed theatre performance that will be promoted to raise donations for the #StopAsianHate movement, as well as other API communities throughout the nation.
This event is presented in partnership with:
United AAPI Artists, FILAMARTS Teatro, Maraya Performing Arts, and San Diego Filipino Cinema.