|RANDOM FACTS (AND TRIVIA) ABOUT ANTMEN MENDOZAThe Bakla Show 3 closes this weekend (Thursday – Saturday, 8pm), and the response has been overwhelming. An audience member posted on Facebook, “This is an AMAZING show! Simultaneously crying, laughing, and making weird noises, I enjoyed this performance piece!!! Can’t wait for what y’all have to offer next!”
And while future productions will sadly be without founder Shannon Pacaoan, who is stepping down from producing duties, the show will undoubtedly continue to resonate and inspire through the people it has touched.
Case in point: “The Bakla Show came about way before I even realized how much I needed it.” says assistant producer, Antmen Mendoza who got involved in producing The Bakla Show after meeting the founder, Shannon Pacaoan at a queer Pin@y conference. The rest, as he likes to say, is “queerstory”.
5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ANTMEN MENDOZA
He hasn’t been fully out to his entire family yet but a Facebook post may slightly change that.
“I actually just changed my cover photo on Facebook to one for The Bakla Show and included a note for extended family members who may be surprised by the appearance of the image on my profile to get in contact with me. I wasn’t exactly out to my extended family but I did get one auntie who “liked” the image! My parents, brother and my chosen family have all sent an outpouring of support my way and have expressed so much excitement around the show. It’s truly been a blessing.”
The most random offensive pick up line he got came from “Dinuguan Queen.”
“This guy online once told me he was a ‘dinuguan queen’ and I said, ‘haha lol bye.’ A little piece of me wanted to respond with an essay-length message about his boring and uncreative fetishization of me, my identity and my body, but a bigger part of me just wanted to flip my hair.”
He didn’t realize how involved he was in theater until…
“I don’t think I even realized that I was ‘into theater’ until I was watching someone audition for The Bakla Show just a handful of weeks ago and it sank in: ‘Oh, wow, this is real.’”
He got much more than what he signed up for when he agreed to be assistant producer of The Bakla Show.
“In watching the rehearsals so far, I see so much of myself, of my family members and of my friends in the pieces of the show. Of course, I see myself, family and friends when I look at the beautiful community that has formed around The Bakla Show. I actually just got a friend request on Facebook from one of our actors and I was so giddy and thought, ‘Gee I’m making friends!’ That wasn’t necessarily a predicted outcome of producing the show but it has defs been a nice touch.”
If he accepted a Tony award for The Bakla Show, his acceptance speech would be:
“To bakla, tomboy, gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, gender non-conforming, queer and questioning pin@ys everywhere: this is for you, it’s always been for you, you are a star. I love you and I need you here on this earth. Thank you.”
Favorite celebrity to follow on social media:
“I really enjoy Nicki Minaj’s Instagram and Lil B is a little bit toooooo prolific on Twitter but I always love checking up on his latest inspiring tweets.”
Favorite hashtag/tweet/fb status:
“When I post photos of books on Instagram, I use #katawreads but I think I’m the only one that uses it because I don’t know how many other mer-pin@ys that are readers AND on Instagram.”
Most valuable piece of advice:
“Octavia Butler once wrote, ‘First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not…Forget talent. If you have it, fine. If you don’t have it, it doesn’t matter. As habit is more dependable than inspiration, continued learning is more dependable than talent…Finally, don’t worry about imagination. You have all the imagination you need, and all the reading, journal writing, and learning you will be doing will stimulate it…’
My nanay also one told me before a date to remember that ‘we’re too pretty to pay.’”
Worst piece of advice:
“Any piece of advice that boiled down to the notion that I should feel shame about who I am, what I do, and what I love.”
Most surreal experience:
“I really love beaches: I think there’s something surreal and beautiful and oh so very important to me about the fact that stepping foot into the Pacific Ocean means that I am, in some indirect and grandiose way, touching every place that I and my parents and their parents have ever called home.
OH! And one time I told Janelle Monae that she was a real inspiration for me and she called me a sweetheart and I turned into the hearts-for-eyes emoji.”
The Bakla Show 3
Thursday – Saturday, 8pm
Students and Seniors: $10
Support the Artists: $20
Purchase tickets online: http://baklashow3.bpt.me/