As a native of Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown, Kathleen Gutierrez thrives in the energy and community that is Bakla. An activist and a perennial student of life, Kathleen dedicates herself to reproductive health justice and the protection of political freedom in the Philippines. She made her debut appearance in Alan Quismorio’s staged reading of R. Zamora Linmark’s Rolling the R’s. Kathleen is humbled to be surrounded by such impassioned talent, especially as a newcomer to theatre.
The Bakla Show aims to educate, challenge, and encourage dialogue among and between different ethnic and sexually diverse communities by means of increasing the visibility of Filipino American LGBTQQI experience through theatrical performance.
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"Bindlestiff Studio - the only theater in the United States dedicated to the Filipino American experience - breaks new ground with the Bakla Show. With this series of short vignettes, the performance space notes to the coming-out-to-your-traditional-community quandary... Through the term Bakla used to refer primarily to effeminate gay Filipino men, the show presents a more inclusive portraiture of queerness. Traditional stereotypes get smacked down..."
Gluckstern, Bay Area Guardian, January 2007
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