SIGAW: A SHADOWPLAY THAT SHINES LIGHT ON THE DARK SIDE OF CARE WORK
The export of care has haunted the Filipina narrative, but what happens when care hits a breaking point? Sigaw, meaning scream, shout, or cry, is the story of Marissa who travels thousands of miles to work for a family in the United States. Inspired by the controversial The Atlantic article “A Story of Slavery in Modern America” by Alex Tizon on the tragic experience of Eudocia Tomas Pulido, and interviews with current domestic workers. This fictional story explores the blurred boundaries of agency and obligation, of power and oppression, and of love and labor.
Join us for an evening of visual and auditory experimentation, that goes beyond the normal boundaries of shadow puppetry to explore the dark journey of a Filipina domestic worker in the diaspora.
SIGAW opens on July 19, 2019 (with a pay-what-you-can community preview July 18) and runs through July 28, 2019. Performances Thursday-Saturday at 8pm; Saturday & Sunday matinee at 3pm on July 20, July 27 & July 28.
Aureen Almario, Bindlestiff Studio’s Artistic Director, created SIGAW (Scream, Shout, Cry) as response to the deafening silence to the plight of domestic workers and the lack of complex representation of their experiences. Trained in shadow play by Lorna Velasco, & Larry Reed, Don Salubayba (Anino Shadowplay) and a member of Brownout Shadowplay Collective, Aureen will be utilizing her experience to explore the boundaries of storytelling in shadowplay.
The cast of SIGAW include: England Hidalgo, Jessylyn Los Banos, Kimberley Acebo Arteche, Marcius Noceda, Nicolette Dionisio, TJ Basa, Tracy Nguyen
Sponsored by the San Francisco Arts Commission