ROLLING THE R'S by r. zamora linmark
DIRECTED BY FRANCIS TANGLAO AGUAS
MAY 9. 7PM (est)
PRODUCED BY MADISON HAUSER
Giselle Tongi is an actress, dancer, singer, host, VJ and model in the Philippines. She now serves as Director of Programming for FilAm Arts, an organization dedicated to "bringing people and communities together through the power of Filipino American arts and culture, partnerships and collaboration, for presentation, representation and education.”
Tino is currently a Flight Attendant with Delta Air Lines and was the very first Edgar in the University of Hawaii performance. He has performed from Hawaii to New York in several venues to promote the arts and celebrate the Filipino culture.
Ova Saopeng is associate artistic director and producer with Los Angeles based TeAda Productions. He is an accomplished actor, teaching artist and playwright. He is a refugee from Laos and is passionate about elevating the refugee and immigrant experience on the American stage.
Leilani Chan is Founding Artistic Director of TeAda Productions: a nomadic theater of color. Chan’s devised ensemble plays include Masters of the Currents, Global Taxi Driver, and Refugee Nation.
Kiki Rivera (she, they, we) is an internationally produced, award-winning theatre artist, educator, and arts activist. Kiki has her BA in Theatre and MFA in Playwriting from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM). Her play Puzzy is one of many voices for Pacific Islanders in the diaspora and is published in Samoan Queer Lives edited by Yuki Kihara and Dan Talaupapa McMullin.
Stephen Ellis, a Texas native, recently played Carl in Season 4 of FX’s You’re the Worst and stars in the upcoming feature film Arid Cut, directed by Rob Nilsson. Other feature film roles include the DreamWorks comedy Delivery Man (opposite Vince Vaughn), the Coen Brothers’ comedy Hail Caesar!, Rehearsal (w/Bruce Greenwood), The Lears (w/Bruce Dern, Sean Astin, Anthony Michael Hall), As You Like It (w/Graham Greene), The Revival (Dir. Jen Gerber), and 200 Hours, directed by Philip Guzman and from the creator of Final Destination. On TV, Stephen has joined the cast of The Britishes (DirecTV’s Downtown Abby spoof).
Quan Chau is honored to be able to be a part of this special performance of Rolling the R's! As a rising senior and theatre major, he has recently played Robin Oakapple in Ruddigore and Mike Costa in A Chorus Line at William and Mary, as well as Sky Square in Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical with Virginia Repertory Theatre in Richmond. In his free time, Quan likes to watch movies with his parents, write music, and anything else he can find to do while indoors.
Xavi Soto Burgos was born and raised in the Bronx. He is a member of the class of 2020 at The College of William and Mary with a major in Music and minor in Economics. After graduation he plans to tour with the Virginia Repertory Theatre’s touring company and continue to pursue a career as an actor and singer.
Anthony Madalone is a rising senior studying English and Theatre at the College of William & Mary. On campus, Anthony spends his time acting and serving as director for the Sinfonicron Light Opera Company. He is excited for the opportunity to perform in an innovative new format of theatre
Sumie Yotsukura is a rising junior at the College of William & Mary, where she studies Theatre and has starred in numerous productions. She is originally from Maryland, where she has performed at the Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre the past two summers.
Wilma B. Consul has performed in theater and dance in San Francisco, New York, Hawai'i, the Philippines and Washington, DC, where she lives and works in the fields of culinary arts and journalism. She trained as an actor and director under Chris Millado at TnT/Teatro ng Tanan (Theater for Everyone), a groundbreaking cultural organization in San Francisco that produced and toured major productions on the Filipino American diaspora. She helped produce readings of Rolling the R's in its early stages in San Francisco to a standing-room only reading at the Source Theatre in DC.
DR. JOI BARRIOS-LEBLANC
Dr. Maria Josephine Barrios, popularly known as Joi Barrios, is a poet, activist, scriptwriter, actress, translator and teacher. Born in 1962, she completed her Ph.D. in Philippine Literature at the University of the Philippines (UP). She taught at the University and also served as an Associate for Fiction at the UP Likhaan: Creative Writing Center. She has won various honors and awards, including the Palanca Award, the most prestigious literary award in the Philippines. During the Marcos dictatorship and the tumultuous years that followed, she became well-known as a freedom activist and rally poet. She has taught at UC Berkeley and UC Irvine. Her books include Ang Pagiging Babae ay Pamumuhay sa Panahon ng Digma (1990); Bailaya: Mga Dula Para sa Kababaihan (1997); Minatamis at iba pang Tula ng Pag-ibig (1998); and Prince Charming at iba pang Nobelang Romantiko (2001).
ALEXIS CAMINS (Vicente). Credits include: New York: The World of Extreme Happiness (MTC), I Came to Look for You on Tuesday (La Mama), Hamlet (NYCT), A Dream Play, The Dispute, Antigone (NAATCO). Film/TV: A Short Trip (Best Drama, Carrboro Film Festival), The Lost Valentine (CBS/Hallmark), One Life to Live (ABC) Regional: Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Huntington Theatre Company, Folger Shakespeare Library, Portland Stage Company. Film/TV: A Short Trip (Best Drama, Carrboro Film Festival), The Lost Valentine (CBS/Hallmark), One Life to Live (ABC). MFA NYU Grad Acting.
JEANNIE BARROGA, Bay Area-based for 40 years, is a Lifetime Member of the Dramatists Guild with her full collection at Stanford Green Library Special Collections. She founded the Playwright Forum, was literary managers for both TheatreWorks and the Oakland Ensemble Theater, has had local productions plus at Pan Asian Repertory, Seattle, Honolulu, with her WALLS having been published, anthologized, in theses, and having received the NEA Access for Artistic Excellence Award, the Gerbode /Hewlett Foundation Award (BUFFALO'ED), the L.A. Maverick Award, and a CalArts Herb Alpert Award nomination. Her current works include two book drafts on Bay Area Filipino American Theater Artists and in fiction, TURN RIGHT AT THE WATER BUFFALO due next Fall.
MAILA RONDERO KANEAIAKALA