By Cynthia de Castro/Asianjournal.com
LOS ANGELES – Awardwinning Filipina American playwright Linda Faigao Hall and noted FilAm actors Luz Lor, Banaue Miclat, and Andrew Eisenman showcase their artistic excellence in Living Image Art’s 4th Annual Festival of New One-Act Plays at the Lion Theatre in Theatre Row, Times Square, New York. Entitled Coming Home, the festival started May 29 and will end on June 14.
Coming Home features three poignant, powerful and funny plays about the untold experiences of modern American life. From hurricane-battered New Orleans to the holding cell of a women’s prison to the jungles of the Philippine islands, the characters of these plays struggle, with beauty and humor, to return to a life now unrecognizable.
Filipinos will surely love the poignant play called Sparrow by Linda Faigao-Hall who migrated from Cebu more than 30 years ago. Sparrow is a story of two Pinays who used to be best friends but have lost touch with each other. New York artist Tina (played by Luz Lor) has returned to the Philippines after 10 years. When her estranged childhood friend Cris (BanaueMiclat) arranges a secret meeting, Tina discovers Cris has become entangled with a Maoist extremist group called Sparrow. Now they must face the choices life has forced upon them and the consequences of their lives apart.
Linda’s outstanding plays have been produced by Diverse City, the New Group, Ma-Yi, Asian American Rep, Inter-Art and many more. A recipient of an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, Linda’s most recent production, The A–Word in Snapshots, will be published in Smith and Kraus’ inaugural publication of the Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2008.
Another play in the festival is Last Call on Bourbon Street which stars FilAm actor Andrew Eisenman. The play is set during the first Mardi Gras in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina. There are no customers and business is dying for bar owner Benny but he and his motley crew aren’t going down without a fight.
’s third play is entitled Counting and tells the extraordinary friendship that emerges in a holding cell between a woman who is on her way out of prison and another on her way in.
The plays are produced by Living Image Arts, Inc., a New York-based theater and arts organization. Headed by Peter Marsh and Mia Vaculik, LIA provides a vital opportunity for New York’s most talented artists to develop new work, cultivate relationships with other remarkable theater professionals and to realize their artistic vision in production.
(Tickets, which only costs $18, can be reserved by calling the theatre at 212-279-4200. The performances are everyday from Tuesday – Saturday at 8pm. There will be matinee performances on June 8, Sunday, and June 14, Saturday at 3pm. The Lion Theatre is one of six historic theatres in Theatre Row located at 410 West 42nd St, at 9th Avenue. Subway: A/C/E to 42nd St)