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Mommy Queerest Press Release

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Mommy Queerest Diva Fest

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Guerrilla Rep and DIVAfest present “Mommy Queerest,” a Mother-Daughter Coming-Out Party, at EXIT Theatre, Feb. 28-March 29

One-woman show by Kat Evasco and John Caldon chronicles the personal experiences of a lesbian daughter and a closeted lesbian mother

San Francisco.  January 29, 2014.  DIVAfest and Guerrilla Rep present Mommy Queerest, a comedic, autobiographical, one-woman show, premieres at EXIT Studio, 156 Eddy Street in downtown San Francisco.  Fridays & Saturdays, Feb 28-Mar 29 at 8:00 p.m.

Mommy Queerest Poster

Written by Kat Evasco and John Caldon, and performed by Kat Evasco, Mommy Queerest chronicles the coming out process of a lesbian daughter and a closeted lesbian mother, illustrating how the reclaiming of their sexuality challenges and strengthens their relationship.

Mommy Queerest begins with young teenaged Kat having her earth shattered when she

realizes that she and her mother are both lesbian. Too bad her mom hasn’t figured it out yet—despite the fact she’s been living with her partner since Kat was six years old! After a spectacularly failed attempt to share this epiphany with her mom, Kat lurches through her own teenage sexploration with guys and girls, trying to figure out how she fits in with her family, community and self. After a decade of attempting to educate this wayward parent about what it means to be lesbian, she discovers there is still a thing or two she can learn from her mom.

Drawing on her experience as a stand-up comic and comedic actress, Kat narrates this

unconventional coming-out tale with sharp wit and unflinchingly honest self-revelation.

With an in-­your-­face approach, Kat cuts through any pretense and dives into the core of these matters by placing her and her mother’s personal experiences of struggle and triumph center stage.

Kat Evasco tackles conflict with humorous insight, while illustrating the experience of being a Filipina lesbian, gay Christian, survivor of sexual abuse and young American just trying to get some.

Mommy Queerest contributes a voice that actively imparts the message of empowerment and inspires an intergenerational discourse among diverse communities. Evasco’s use of comedy invites the audience to laugh at the darkest human conditions, while providing a critical lens through which to analyze the detrimental effects of homophobia in our society. The play stems from the belief that silence enables homophobia and perpetuates cycles of abuse.

Kat Evasco, John Caldon, and Collaborators are Guerrilla Rep
Kat Evasco and John Caldon have produced over a dozen new works between them. John serves as co-writer and director of Mommy Queerest. With his experience producing autobiographical and documentary theatre works, John has approached Mommy Queerest methodically, expanding Kat’s repertoire to include full length solo performance, while playing on her brilliant use of comedy as an instrument of storytelling. Guerrilla Rep prides itself in being an artist-focused and collaboratively driven theater company. Evasco and Caldon have collaborated with lighting designer, Julien Elstob who has designed lights for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Aurora Theatre Company. Alejandro Acosta is a San Francisco based theater sound designer who works extensively with Campo Santo and Intersection for the Arts. Ryan Marchand is the Movement Director, bringing his experience as a founding member of physical theatre troupe, The 11th Hour Ensemble, and his work with Theatre of Yugen and Handful Players.

GUERRILLA REP and DIVAfest

DIVAfest, most famous for its annual festival in support of women artists each year in May, has for the past several years focused on developing and supporting women artists year round.  This Guerrilla Rep and DIVAfest collaboration marks one of the first projects supported by DIVAfest’s commitment to year- long programming for the organization.

TIME, PLACE, TICKETS

Mommy Queerest.  EXIT Studio, 156 Eddy Street, downtown San Francisco.  Fridays & Saturdays, Feb 28-Mar 29 at 8:00 p.m.  March 15 is sold out.  Tickets $15-25 at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/547871.  Info at  www.divafest.info

 

FOR CALENDAR EDITORS

Mommy Queerest.  Comedic, autobiographical, one­-woman show by Kat Evasco and John Caldon, and performed by Kat Evasco. This new comedy chronicles the coming out of a lesbian daughter and her closeted lesbian mother, illustrating how  reclaiming their sexuality challenges and strengthens their relationship. Aims to celebrate sexuality, eradicate homophobia and break cycles of abuse. EXIT Studio, 156 Eddy Street, downtown San Francisco.  Fridays & Saturdays, Feb 28-Mar 29 at 8:00 p.m.  March 15 is sold out.  Tickets $15-25 at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/547871.  Info at www.divafest.info.

 

 

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Transcripts for THE BAKLA SHOW: Visibility for LGBTQ/GNC F/Pilipin@s Promo Video

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EXCERPT FROM THE BAKLA SHOW 2

VOICE, OFF-SCREEN: From one half of the bamboo a feminine being named babae came to life. From the other half, a masculine being named lalaki emerged. Between the masculine and the feminine existed another powerful force of fluidity and unity, known as ka.

Ka is our strength.

Ka is our beauty.

Ka is our wholeness.

SHANNON: Hi, my name is Shannon Pacaoan and I am the co-creator and producer of The Bakla Show. The Bakla Show is a groundbreaking theatrical production that explores the experiences of LGBTQ Filipinos and Filipinas.

KAT: Hi, my name is Kat Evasco and I am a co-creator of The Bakla Show. After conversing with Shannon, we were talking about the term “bakla” and how it’s usually used to describe effeminate men in a very derogatory way and we wanted to reclaim the term bakla, not just for gay men but also for queer

women, bisexuals, everything. We just wanted to be inclusive of other people, including transgender folks. We started The Bakla Show in 2006 and it was actually produced in 2007 at Bindlestiff Studio.

ON-SCREEN TEXT: “Bindlestiff Studio – the only theater in the United States dedicated to the Filipino American experience – beaks new ground with the Bakla Show. With this series of short vignettes, the performance spaces notes to the coming-out-to-your-traditional-community quandary… Though 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

SHANNON: In 2010, The Bakla Show 2 focused on myths and folklore that explored both Filipino identity and our queer identity. Due to an increase of visibility of gay teen suicides and in response to bullying and homophobia that has gained more attention in the past few years, we have decided to produce The Bakla Show III.

ON-SCREEN TEXT: “The fine and performing arts provide a way for young people to explore the Asian American experience, develop a healthy ethnic identity, and identify with others who have had similar experiences.” – Yellowworld: Depression & Suicidal Ideation among Young Asian Americans (2004)

ANTMEN: Hi, my name is Antmen Pimentel Mendoza, assistant producer of The Bakla Show III. This time around, The Bakla Show wants to shift its focus on staging the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and gender non-conforming Filipino youth. And here’s where you come in! We’re looking for queer Filipino voices! So please share this video with your friends, your loved ones, your family. Be on the look out for our call for submissions.

SHANNON: Our submission guidelines will be posted on our website. And connect with us on Twitter and Facebook.

ON-SCREEN TEXT: Website: thebaklashow.wordpress.com
Twitter & Facebook: @thebaklashow

KAT: And we’ll see you at the show. Thank you so much!

CREDITS
Interviews provided by
Matthew Abaya & Tara Perez

Edited by
Tara Perez

Photographs
Ann Borja
Nina De Torres Ignacio
Lian Ladia
&
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Poster Images
Amy Diaz-Infante & Conrad Panganiban

Musical Score
Ron Quesada

The Bakla Show Footage provided by
Gregory Manalo

Donate Today!
www.thebaklashow.wordpress.com/donate

Something In The Works!

The Bakla Show Co-Creators, Kat Evasco and Shannon Pacaoan, met this past weekend. And this happened…

Kat Filming

and this.  .  .

Shannon Footage

More soon! 

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READ A Conversation With Shannon Pacaoan by Oliver Saria

Balikbayan Art Installation: Dates Extended

photo provided by Marc OwlBoogie Aure

Photographer, Ann Borja, garnered well-deserved attention for Balikbayan:

an art installation featuring Ann Borja’s portraiture, highlighting some of Bindlestiff Studio’s past and present leadership. After 8 years of nomadic theater making, September 2011 marks the celebration of Bindlestiff Studio’s return. The installation is on display at Bindlestiff Studio and is in conjunction with 24 Days of Central Market Arts.

Balikbayan is a prelude to Ann’s ongoing black and white portraiture work of past and present Bindlestiff leaders and artists to be showcased in the future. Balikbayan’s style draws influence from Richard Avedon and Andy Warhol.

The art installation was part of Bindlestiff Studio’s ribbon cutting ceremony as well as the “2 Blocks of Art” event.

The Bakla Show Producers, Kat Evasco and Shannon Lee L. Pacaoan, were both honored with an invitation from Borja to sit as subjects for Balikbayan. And we are excited to hear the exhibit is extended until the end of December!

If you have the opportunity, see the first installment of Balikbayan at 185 6th Street in San Francisco.

This art exhibit is a FREE event, and does not include entrance into MOMMY QUEEREST that begins at 8:00 pm (Thursday through Saturday).  Please purchase your tickets for MOMMY QUEEREST ahead of time, or be prepared to purchase tickets at the door.

We’re From Bindlestiff

Bindlestiff Studio‘s support of The Bakla Show‘s growth is unmatched. This theater provided shelter to The Bakla Show while we began to first develop this space for LGBTQ/GNC F/Pilipin@s.

And now, the newly built and reopened, Bindlestiff Studio currently needs to raise funds for theater lights by the end of November. If you are able, please consider to keep this space open and functioning with a donation; and share video below with your contacts. See how you can donate and the list of rewards available after you make a donation at the official I’m From Bindlestiff page.

Be part of Bindlestiff Studio’s legacy and support transformative art.

Thank you Dino Ignacio, Paciano Triunfo, Gregory Manalo and Bindlestiff Studio for including The Bakla Show in this video.

Bindlestiff Studio and Guerrilla Rep present ‘Mommy Queerest’

Bindlestiff Studio and Guerrilla Rep are proud to present Kat Evasco in “Mommy Queerest”, written by Kat Evasco & John Caldon and directed by John Caldon. If Margaret Cho and Ellen Degeneres conceived a lesbian love baby, she would have nothing on this hilarious Bay Area actor and stand-up comic. Don’t miss Kat’s hard-earned lessons on staying classy while ho’ing around, reverse-colonizing America, and figuring out how to get your mom to come out of the closet.

“Mommy Queerest” begins with Kat having the earth-shattering realization that she and her mother are both lesbian. Too bad her mom hasn’t figured it out yet despite the fact she’s been living with her partner since Kat was six years old! After a spectacularly failed attempt to share this epiphany with her mom, Kat lurches through her own teenage sexploration with guys and girls, trying to figure out how she fits in with her family, community, and self. After a decade of attempting to educate this wayward parent about what it means to be lesbian, she discovers there is still a thing or two she can learn from her mom.

Drawing on her experience as a stand-up comic and comedic actress, Kat narrates this unconventional coming out tale with sharp wit and unflinchingly honest self-revelation. She tackles conflict with humorous insight while illustrating the experience of being a Filipina lesbian, gay Christian, survivor of sexual abuse, and young American who is just trying to get some. “This show is half payback to my mom for making me come out for both of us and half love letter to her for making me who I am,” Kat says, “She’s terrified I’m exposing every skeleton in our family closet–and she should be. I might be Filipina American, but cultural silence is non-existent in my world, so like an eager exhibitionist I’m letting it all hang out.”

WHEN:             December 1 – 17
Thursdays through Saturdays, 800PM

WHERE:          Bindlestiff Studio
185 Sixth Street, San Francisco, CA  94103

ABOUT BINDLESTIFF STUDIO
Established in 1989, Bindlestiff Studio is the only permanent, community-based performing arts venue in the nation dedicated to showcasing emerging Filipino American and Pilipino artists. Bindlestiff Studio provides the often under-served Filipino American community access to diverse offerings in theatrical productions, music and film festivals, workshops in directing, production, acting, stand-up comedy, and writing, as well as a children and youth theater program.

Tickets are non-transferrable and non-refundable after December 17th. Box office closes at ten minutes after curtain opens; there will be no late-seating theretofore.

An Open Letter from Kat Evasco

Dear Family and Friends,

Many of you know that I am pursuing a career in theater and production management, and many of you know that I have been involved in theater since 2005.  I would like to give you a little more background. In 2005, I was a student of Allyson Tintianco-Cubales in the course of Asian American Community Arts Workshops. Through this course I became an intern of Bindlestiff Studio and participated in the first FOB Show. When I got introduced to Bindlestiff Studio, I was inspired by a group of Pilipino and Filipino American artists that ranged from visual artists, to musicians, to theater, and stand up comedy. I thought Filipinos weren’t suppose to pursue careers in art! I thought we were all programmed to be nurses, lawyers, and default white collar jobs. I instantly became a regular volunteer at Bindlestiff Studio, which exposed me to a lot of different artists, shows, and — for free! Because I signed up to volunteer for any show that went up, I was eventually recruited onto the Production Team (PT) and served in 2006.

Bindlestiff Studio changed my life in very evident and tangible ways, as well as the not-so-obvious and intangible ways. For the first time in my life, I developed a passion for something – THEATER. The beautiful effects of theater began to ripple into my life; my grades went up and I eventually graduated from SFSU with a B.A. in Asian American Studies, I continued to get promoted within Citibank. Overall, I became motivated and found a forum (the stage) to express what was important to me as an individual. In 2007, I co-produced the Bakla Show which showcased a multiplicity of narratives from a queer Filipino American perspective. In 2008, I was introduced to the art of stand up comedy where I continued to explore whatever humor I experience as a Pinay and as a lesbian. Today, I continue my work with the Bakla Show preparing for its third show in 2013, which will showcase the unique stories of LGBTQI Filipino Youth across the nation. I continue to perform stand up comedy and currently co-writing my very first autobiographical one-woman show titled Mommie Queerest, premiering at Bindlestiff Studio December of this year.

My current position as the Funds Director for Bindlestiff Studio has provided me the opportunities to learn how to write grants, cultivation and stewardship of donors, and develop Bindlestiff Studio’s very first DEBUT Membership Program. As part of the Board of Directors for almost two years, I have gained knowledge and experience in organizational development and played a big role in drafting Bindlestiff Studio’s 3-year Strategic Plan. This year, I am preparing my application to Columbia University’s MFA Program in Theater Management and Producing and DePaul University’s MFA program in Arts Leadership. I would not be so clear about my purpose in life, if not for the inspiration Bindlestiff Studio.

I can go on, and on, and on about what a positive influence Bindlestiff has made in my life and life of other Pilipino and Filipino Americans. I ask for your help to preserve Pilipino and Filipino American Performing Arts, and make a pledge towards the Adopt a Theater Capital Campaign. […] By making a pledge, you will be immortalized on our Adopt a Theater Mural as an integral supporter of our opening. Please be a part of the historical opening of the first and only theater space in the nation dedicated to cultivating Pilipino and Filipino American Artists.

Maraming Salamat,

NEVER GIVE UP!

Kat Evasco
Funds Director and Board Chair
Bindlestiff Studio 

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