San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Pagbabalik Project and Third Root Productions present
A HISTORY OF THE BODY, a new play by Aimee Suzara
Join us on May 11, 2013 for a work-in-progress showing from the theater piece A HISTORY OF THE BODY, to be followed by a post-show audience talkback with the cast and crew at the historic Oakland Asian Cultural Center.
Begins at 7:30pm; Doors at 7.
Directed by Pamela Wu Kochiyama. Actors: Michelle Talgarow * Rinabeth Apostol (Appears courtesy of Actor's Equity Association) * Andrea Almario * Frances Sedayao. Designers: Stephanie Johnson (Lighting)* Kallan Nishimoto (Sound)* Frances Sedayao (Choreo) * Kirthi Nath (Visual)
A HISTORY OF THE BODY, by poet, playwright, performer Aimee Suzara, is about what happens to three Filipina women who meet in a beauty salon. Their meeting becomes a magical crossroads and they leave that salon forever changed.
Bringing together text, dance, and visual projections, the play explores the impacts of colonization and the media on the body. The work addresses the histories of colonization and exhibition, as well as the modern day phenomena of skin-whitening. Its goal is to provoke dialogue and awareness across communities and cultures, and to promote healing for women of color. It is about how the past collides with the present. It is about a battle between self-love and self-hate. It begs to ask the question, why are we afraid of the dark?
Supported by a generous Commission from the East Bay Community Foundation, support from the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, the City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Thanks to all of our Donors! This event is supported by the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center's as a part of its United States of Asian America festival.