Community Events

09/06 – 09/15/2012: A Pinoy Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bindlestiff Studio, SF)

A Pinoy Midsummer

Bindlestiff Studio and Tayo Tayo Productions
Present the World Premiere of

a Filipino adaptation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Directed by Lorna Velasco

This is a MA Creative Work Project from the Theatre Arts Department at San Francisco State University


Do you believe in fairies? Love at first sight? Pinoy Midsummer is a reimagining of William Shakespeare’s classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream, merging the classical text with Tagalog, Philippine folklore, shadow puppetry, movement Original Pinoy and Kulintang music. It begins in a world bounded by class, law and tradition. Characters find their way into the fairy world of the woods where boundaries are rendered invisible, anything becomes possible, and events/choices/actions are unpredictable. The Filipino American cast and live music bring this strange land to life. Find yourself in the classics and then get lost in another world that is wild, fascinating, and freeing.

Lorna Velasco brings to Bindlestiff Studio her particular blend of Western theater, shadow puppetry, mask movement and physical theatre-plus a South of Market ‘hood rat do-it-yourself’ attitude. She learned physical theatre with Chrystene Ells and Riot Act Theatre Company. She studied at the Arts Institute of Indonesia in Yogyakarta as part of her theater studies at UC Berkeley. She was a principal shadow puppeteer for Larry Reed’s Shadowlight productions while doing sketch comedy with Tongue in A Mood and Bindlestiff Pinay Collective. She is a Master of Arts candidate in Drama at San Francisco State University. A Pinoy Midsummer is her invitation to you to try something both familiar and new.

Adapted and Directed by Lorna Velasco
Musical Director: Ogie Gonzales
Choreograper: Gemma Calderon

Music by Ogie Gonzales, Jesse Gonzales, Marcius Noceda, Ava Tong and Omz Velasco
Light Design: Paciano Triunfo
Set Design: Aaron Niles
Costume Design: Joyce Juan-Manalo
Stage Manager: Susanna Yu
Cast: Aureen Almario, Melvign Badiola, Manny Cabrera, Gemma Calderon, Joe Cascasan, Melissa Diaz-Infante, Michael Dorado, Melanie Espinueva, Roczane Enriquez, Julie Kuwabara, Chuck Lacson, Ed Mabasa, Aaron Niles, Dennis Rodis, Alan S. Quismorio, Tonilyn Sideco, and Patrick Silvestre

$20 Support-the-Artists (The extra $5 goes a long way in helping keep the lights on!)
$15 General
$10 Students/Seniors (Valid Student IDs will be required at the box office)

Filipinos doing Shakespeare? “How shall we find the concord of this discord?” The impetus to do Shakespeare comes from a deep desire to tackle a classical role and make it our own. According to Mia Katigbak, founder of the National Asian American Theatre Company in New York, the reason why she founded her theatre group was because, “we don’t get cast.” So, how shall we find the concord of this discord? We cast ourselves. Give a group of people who otherwise have limited opportunity a chance at re-interpretation in order to give its audience a theatrical experience that will resonate.

The play, for all of us involved in the project, musicians, actors, crew and puppeteers, became an exploration of love, the joyful unwrapping of words and making potent connections to our day to day experiences. We remember our first love, our first lust, the tyranny of parental authority and rebellion, the stark distinction between the rich and the poor. And for some of us, reaffirming our belief in fairies.

Tabi tabi po* (A Tagalog term, still used today, that means “excuse me, please,” when passing through parts of a forest or wooded area in order not to disturb the spirits.)

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.


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