Artist Activist

UPCOMING

Loud Mouth Lit: Of Family and Food
Sep
24
8:00 PM20:00

Loud Mouth Lit: Of Family and Food

WHAT:   Erstwhile Stranger Theater Genius-turned-fiction writer Paul Mullin curates a monthly series of readings in the back room of St. Andrew's Bar. Each installment pairs a reading of new story by Mullin with one written by one of his favorite Northwest writers.

WHO:    Local Pacific Northwest performer, director and arts activist, Sara Porkalob, author of the award-winning Dragon Lady. One of the first recipients of a Village Theatre Original Writers Residency, Sara has also garnered a Seattle Times Footlight Award andBroadway World Award for “Best New Play”. In 2019, she will develop and perform herDragon Cycle at American Repertory Theatre.

WHERE:     St. Andrew's Bar and Grill (in "the annex"), 7406 Aurora Ave. N, near Green Lake, Seattle.

WHEN:    Tuesday, September 25 at 8 p.m.

HOW:     Admission is free, but works by featured authors will be on sale and aggressively hawked from the podium.  Bring CASH!

WHY:    As a playwright, I advocated for fresh, organic, locally grown theatre, with an accelerated turnaround time (think “farm-to-table”). Now that I’m writing more prose, poetry, and short stories, I realize the same philosophy applies. That’s why Loud Mouth Lit is:

“Fresh, local, organically sourced."

“Focused on the range of the amazing writers living in Seattle and the surrounding area. Find out what they’re working on right now! 

“Face to face, live, and intimately irreproducible. These readings will not be recorded, filmed, or pod-casted. You have to come in person to get the good stuff!"

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Freehold Theatre: Theory and Activism in Solo-Performance
Sep
30
to Dec 9

Freehold Theatre: Theory and Activism in Solo-Performance

  • I'll be teaching an 8 week course this fall at Freehold  Theatre!
  • Sundays, 10am-2pm
  • Register HERE.

"Theory and Activism in Solo-Performance"

This course provides students creative strategies to combine storytelling and activism. There are three pillars to this work: cultural theory analysis, EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) workshops, and solo-performance creation. Course-work includes writing exercises, short presentations of material, lectures and workshops, and will culminate in a showcase of original solo-shows (10-15 minutes in length) open to public. Storytelling is one of the most rigorous tools we have to fight oppression and social injustice. Activism looks different on each person and in this class, you will learn how to share your personal truth from an authentic and creative place.

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Hosting! The 2018 Teeny Awards
Oct
7
5:00 PM17:00

Hosting! The 2018 Teeny Awards

You don't want to miss Seattle’s teen choice awards and dinner celebration! The Teeny
Awards Ceremony celebrates teen-favorites from the last year presented by our Partners. Following the ceremony, join us for our fundraising dinner to
help keep our vision of a bright, healthy future for youth and for the arts.

Click HERE for tickets!

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Para sa Pamayanan (For Community)
Nov
3
6:00 PM18:00

Para sa Pamayanan (For Community)

In partnership with the FCS, ILAW: A coalition of PNW Filipino Food & Beverage professionals presents:

Para sa Pamayanan (For Community)

Click HERE for tickets!

Hosted by Sara Porkalob. Keynote Speaker Hon. Sharon Tomiko Santos -37th District State Rep 

Join us for the 83rd FCS Gala as we celebrate the history of the Filipino community of Seattle—where we started, what we've accomplished, and what's coming next. Through sound, smell, taste, and emotion, award-winning actress and director, Sara Porkalob and the talented food and beverage professionals of Ilaw will take you on a journey through our history. We are the Filipino community of Seattle.

All proceeds go to the programs hosted at the Filipino Community of Seattle.

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Dragon Cycle at American Repertory Theatre
Mar
20
to Apr 6

Dragon Cycle at American Repertory Theatre

Created and performed by Sara Porkalob
March 20 – April 6, 2019 at OBERON

After a run at OBERON in the spring of 2018, virtuosic performer Sara Porkalob returns with Dragon Lady, and also turns her attention to another chapter of her family’s history with Dragon Mama, the second piece in her Dragon Cycle.

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It is the year of the Water Dragon and the eve of Grandma Maria’s 60th birthday. By the light of the karaoke machine, fueled by pork dumplings and Diet Pepsi, she shares a dark secret from her Filipino gangster past with one lucky grandchild. Traversing 50 years of faulty family memories, Seattle-based performer Sara Porkalob returns to share this timely new musical about what it means to come to America.

Dragon Mama
How does a Dragon earn her wings? Maria Porkalob, Jr. yearns for a gayer, more POC-filled life than Bremerton, WA can offer. When presented with an opportunity to make a quick fortune, Maria must make an important decision: leave her debt-ridden mother, four young siblings, and newborn daughter for the wild unknown of Alaska, or stay close to home, family, and intergenerational trauma. The second play in her Dragon CycleSara Porkalob’s new solo show traverses 25 years of her mother’s life filled with queer love in a barren land, a dope 90s R&B soundtrack, and Filipino gangsters. This is Dragon Mama.

Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Click HERE for more information.

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7th and Jackson, A New Play
Jul
11
to Aug 1

7th and Jackson, A New Play

Written & Directed by: Sara Porkalob

Every Friday night, three best friends crouch in the alley of 7th and Jackson outside their favorite place, an underground speakeasy hosting touring jazz legends, home to raucous gambling, and even louder dinner parties. Li, Ichika, and Camille were unlikely friends but they shared a dream: to sing and have a night-club of their own. When the bombing of Pearl Harbor and rising WWII tensions tear apart their homes, they make a sacred promise to keep their dream alive, no matter what.

Spanning three decades, 7th and Jackson pairs local history with cultural diaspora and live music, all on one plate. 

Click HERE for more information!

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Intiman Emerging Artist Showcase
Aug
16
to Aug 19

Intiman Emerging Artist Showcase

For the fourth year, Intiman is proud to produce the Intiman Emerging Artists Program (IEAP), a no cost to participant program that brings up-and-coming diverse local artists together during the summer for professional training and development that prepares them to work professionally in the region. Intiman Theatre was proud to welcome 20 artists to our 2017 Emerging Artist Program. Curriculum includes workshops with professional directors, artists, designers, technicians, producers, and more who will work with you to further your craft. We also offer workshops on racial equity, marketing, networking, and other diverse points of interest.

CLICK HERE to reserve tickets~

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festival:festival
Aug
10
to Aug 11

festival:festival

This multidisciplinary festival, with contributors selected by Mario Lemafa, Sara Porkalob, and Amina Maya, offers the chance for photographers, multimedia artists, dancers, and others to create artwork on intersectional identities. Their lineup this year is dynamite: artist Christopher Paul Jordan, Khadija Tarver, Natasha Marin, Benjamin Gale-Schreck, Simba Mafundikwa, and Matt Offenbacher, musicians Goodsteph, Guayaba, Déjà Speaks, mmuumm, and performers David Rue, Randy Ford, and Hanan.

CLICK HERE for more information.

DONATE HERE.

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Persimmon Nights and The Kimchee Kittens
Jul
12
to Jul 29

Persimmon Nights and The Kimchee Kittens

Sara Porkalob (Madame Dragon) returns to Nordo to direct and star in the premiere of playwright Seayoung Yim’s sultry tale. Set during the first large scale wave of Asian American Immigration in The Persimmon Grove, a lurid nightclub, a brash young Korean immigrant rises to great heights in his ethnic enclave while balancing two lovers and many debts in the 1960s/70s. At the top of his game, he risks it all. Persimmon nights features pungent Korean food and the all-girl pop duo The Kimchi Kittens.

To purchase tickets, click HERE.

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The Lamplighter, a New Musical
Jun
28
to Jul 1

The Lamplighter, a New Musical

  • 18th and Union, an Artspace (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

By: Justin Huertas, Kirsten “Kiki” deLohr Helland, and Sara Porkalob.

Directed by: Sara Porkalob

In a magical land, the world’s lamplighter (care-taker of the stars) and her daughter live in comfortable isolation; everything they could possibly want, they have. Every day, Mother journeys out and every evening she returns to share fantastical stories of love, adventure, and triumph with her daughter. One evening, Mother fails to return back home and stars start to vanish from the night-sky. Her daughter must travel oceans and climb mountains to find her, before the world goes completely dark.

An original musical in development, conceived in residency at Village Theatre; The Lamplighter will be produced as a concert and staged-reading.

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DRAGON MAMA
Jun
14
to Jun 24

DRAGON MAMA

  • 18th and Union, an Artspace (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

How does a Dragon earn her wings? Maria Porkalob, Jr. yearns for a gayer, more POC-filled life than Bremerton, WA can offer her. When the opportunity to earn a lot of money in a short amount of time presents itself, Maria must make an important decision: leave her debt-ridden mother, four young siblings, and newborn daughter for the wild unknown of Alaska, or stay close to home, family, and intergenerational trauma?


The 2nd in her Dragon Trilogy, Sara Porkalob’s new solo-show traverses 25 years of her mother’s life filled with queer love in a barren land, a dope 90’s R&B soundtrack, and of course, Filpina gangsters. This is Dragon Mama.

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String
Mar
15
to May 19

String

On a mountaintop high over ancient Greece, three sisters – goddesses known as the Greek Fates – are responsible for spinning, measuring, and snipping the String of Life. After falling out of favor with Zeus, they find themselves stuck in a drab modern skyscraper, left to live and work among world-weary office workers and the security guards who watch over the building. But when the eldest sister falls in love with a mortal, her destiny gets all tangled up in this musical fable about fate, and the fragile fabric of the universe.

Originally part of the Village Theatre's 2016 summer festival of new works, STRING was produced as part of Village Theatre's developmental Beta Series in May 2017. 

Book by Sarah Hammond
Music and Lyrics by Adam Gwon

For more information, click HERE.

 

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Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Feb
27
to Jun 30

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Book-It’s Arts and Education Program presents three original adaptations of books for children, young adults and adults that tour schools, libraries and community venues all across the state of Washington. In addition to performing in the touring productions, actors will be trained to work as teaching artists to provide workshops that further foster students’ engagement and understanding of each shows themes. Each show is expected to have between 40-60 touring performances and 20-30 workshops; the majority are scheduled during daytime school hours (8am-4pm). For more information, click HERE

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Directed by Sara Porkalob
A novel in verse of one girl’s year of change, dreams, grief and healing, this coming-of-age novel follows Hà as she flees from Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrates to Alabama. 
Preview: February 27th
Touring: March 1st - June 30th

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DRAGON BABY
Jan
31
to Feb 3

DRAGON BABY

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How does a Dragon earn her wings? Five year old Sara Lee and her lesbian mother set out for the cold, barren land of Alaska to live on a gay, hippie commune. Painfully shy and ashamed of her scaly skin, she wants nothing more than for things to go back to the way they were.

Why did they have to leave Bremerton and their family behind?

Who is mom’s new girlfriend?

What is a drag queen?

A continuation of the Dragon Lady saga, Dragon Baby is Sara Porkalob’s new solo show featuring mothers vs daughters and exactly how much we’re willing to burn down for the people we love.

CLICK HERE to buy tickets!

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Peerless
Jan
17
7:30 PM19:30

Peerless

  • By Jiehae Park
  • Directed by: Sara Porkalob

Asian-American twin sisters M and L will do whatever it takes to win the one coveted affirmative action spot at “The College.” But when the thick acceptance envelope falls into the hands of D, a white male colleague who is 1/16th Native American, the sisters will stop at nothing to take back what is rightfully theirs – and eliminate anyone who stands in their way. Jiehae Park’s clever and incisive adaptation of Macbeth explores how the drive to succeed can become an all-consuming – and deadly – obsession.

“With its staccato rhythms, short scenes, and farcical characters, unlike any you’ve ever seen before onstage, it’s hard to know how to characterize this play, except to say that it’s unexpectedly wonderful.” – The Arts Fuse

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Straight White Men
Jan
12
to Feb 3

Straight White Men

"In January 2018, Washington Ensemble Theatre will stage the Northwest premiere of Straight White Men. In her critically acclaimed family drama, Young Jean Lee tackles the demographic you love to hate. When three brothers gather at their father's home for Christmas, it becomes clear that they have more on their minds than the holidays. With hypocrisy, humor, and enlightened progressivism, this story explores what to do with privilege and who is to blame for it. The New York Times called Straight White Men "a compassionate and stimulating exploration of one man's existential crisis. Sara Porkalob, the 2017 Intiman Theatre Festival co-curator, will direct."  

Tickets on sale soon!

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Howl’s Moving Castle, A New Musical, by Diana Wynne Jones
Nov
29
to Dec 31

Howl’s Moving Castle, A New Musical, by Diana Wynne Jones

  • Book-It Repertory Theatre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Adapted and directed by Myra Platt
Music and lyrics by Justin Huertas
November 29–December 30, 2017
World Premiere Production

When Sophie (Sara Porkalob) unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, she finds herself transformed into an old woman. To break the enchantment, Sophie must strike a bargain with a fire demon and seek the help of the heartless wizard Howl before facing the Witch head-on. The award-winning novel–post-J.R.R. Tolkien, pre-J.K. Rowling–with music and lyrics by Justin Huertas inspires each of us to find our voice.

Tickets on sale soon, for more information click here. 

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2017 Gregory Awards
Oct
23
7:30 PM19:30

2017 Gregory Awards

Theatre Puget Sound (TPS) and The Gregory Awards announced today that critically-acclaimed writers and performers Justin Huertas and Sara Porklalob will host the 9th Annual Gregory Awards, live at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center on Monday, October 23 (7:30pm).

About the Gregory Awards

Theatre Puget Sound’s 9th Annual Gregory Awards will be presented on Monday, October 23rd (7:30pm) at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall in Seattle, WA. The Gregory Awards, which honors theatre artists in the Seattle area for distinguished theatrical achievements, and are recognized as the most significant theatre awards in the Northwestern United States. The Nominations for the 2017 Gregory Awards will be announced starting August 10th, through the following Friday August 18th.

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Dragon Lady, The Musical
Sep
5
to Oct 1

Dragon Lady, The Musical

  • The Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse at The University of Washington (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

DRAGON LADY by Sara Porkalob
Directed by Andrew Russell

September 5 – October 1
The Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse at The University of Washington
To purchase tickets, click HERE.

Intiman Co-curator Sara Porkalob will portray multiple family members from three generations in this hysterical, moving and brand new musical based on characters that Porkalob has been developing for years. This world premiere features a live band, an intimate theatre setting, and a plot that includes gangsters, murders and more. DRAGON LADY is a timely musical explores what it means to come to America.

To purchase tickets, click HERE.

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