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"Art in Motion or AIM is a podcast that spotlights contemporary BIPOC artists and creatives. AIM is a space for creatives to share their journey, stories, and lived experiences from their own perspectives. Chapter 1: Taking AIM at Only in San José during the San José Constitutional Convention as residents take aim at amending their City Constitution. Each episode spotlights creatives who are working at the intersection of art and social justice with a relationship to San José, CA."

 

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2022

 

AAPI Heritage Month

It's Asian American Pacific Islander Month and I encourage you to seek out some amazing AAPI artists and creators and support them. If you're here and would like to support, please consider being a patron of mine and visit ko-fi.com/tasialabastro

May 2022

Show: VIETGONE

Mar 26th-Apr 24th, 2022

City Lights Theatre Company, CA - I've long desired to help share this story and I'm grateful to finally get a chance, and with an unbelievable team! "It’s 1975, Saigon has fallen, and Quang and Tong should be grateful they’ve made it to the United States. But he lost his wife and she lost her brother. And Arkansas is way too weird. In this irreverent comedy told in Qui Nguyen’s audacious style, these two Vietnamese refugees try to find their way home, wherever that is. In the process, they just might find each other. Modern hip-hop meets 1970s America in an exciting mashup of history and cultures."

Show: TWELFTH NIGHT the musical

Dec 1st-Jan 15th, 2022

SF PLAYHOUSE, CA - Catch me in a musical adaption of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night as Fabian! I join this incredible ensemble of actors for a night of fun, music, and shenanigans! "Twelfth Night is a rousing contemporary musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy about mistaken identity and self-discovery. On the twelfth day of Christmas, shipwrecked Viola washes up on the shores of Illyria, disguises herself as a man, is sent to court a countess and falls hard for a Duke. As she navigates the gender confusion in all her roles, she finds her true self and true love in the process. Featuring an original jazz-funk score by Shaina Taub, Twelfth Night is a soulful shake-up of a Shakespearean classic, perfect for the 12th night of Christmas or any day of the year."

A collage of Tasi in different costumes from various shows

Multiverse of Gladness

TASI ALABASTRO is an Asian Pacific Islander and award-winning artist residing in California. Of the many things he believes in, he believes boredom is an essential part of the creative process and is always looking to explore that topic. He holds a special place in his heart for helping people bridge the gap between their ideas and execution; better 'done' than 'perfect' fuels his waking hours. He’s comfortable on-stage, on-camera, behind the camera, and wherever he might fit. That being said, he's also gained some weight during the Pandemic and tangentially learned which pants are better for work. Answer: None.


Recipient of the Silicon Valley Emerging Artist Laureate (2018) and the Leigh Weimer’s Emerging Artist Award (2019), Tasi has also been featured in the Silicon Valley Arts & Culture Magazine, CONTENT, and is a proud alumnus of the Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute (MALI). His work with Red Ladder Theatre Company involves facilitating workshops with marginalized communities; this includes incarcerated men and women in California Correction Facilities, Children on the spectrum, and homeless and runaway youth, all of which have been featured on KQED and Theatre Bay Area Magazine.


Tasi has also enjoyed the heck out of making content on Youtube, Twitch, and various social media platforms. His content and community can be described as goofy warm, casual, and oft-surprisingly insightful. 


If you would like to connect with him on projects, please use the contact form below to slide into the DMs.

 
 
 
 

Playing in TheatreWork’s New Works Festival

Okay, we’ve got a lot of ground to cover so let’s jump right in! Chairs. Stands. Lights. And voice. If you’ve been following this blog for some time you’ll know that I do my best to promote new work on stage. And new work often comes in various forms, and one of them are stage readings. If I’ve done a good enough job curating my blog, then this link should give you access to every stage reading post. It might be worth noting that at the time this opportunity found me, I was H

The Drunken City

Show postcard artwork inspired by the actual actors cast in this production! It takes a lot of people to put on a theater show. It also takes a lot of focus, talent, hard work and a central vision to make it memorable. I’m assistant directing The Drunken City at Renegade Theatre Experiment in San Jose and with opening night being only two days away, I can’t help but acknowledge that some of the people involved in the production have lived with this script longer than me, and

Listening

I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a poet. If poetry is the manifestation of the mind’s abstraction, plotted like a garden on a fertile page, Coaxed to grow, with lofty intent… Then no, I am no poet. But if poetry were a byproduct of listening- -to Heart -to Earth -to You And the words glowed in your mind, Like stardust And refreshed, Like lilac dew And the result was an anchored breath on a rippling soul… Then I am alive.  Alive. Alive. Tasi Alabastro 2013 #stars

Lovecraft Magic Drift

What started off as a search for the right words to describe these tectonic states, evolved into a 3am dance, to music I didn’t hear, but felt. Be chill, my molten Heart. LOVECRAFT MAGIC DRIFT There’s a kind of magic that lingers where the Sand, Ocean and the Sun’s fingertips meet. On that holy property of Mother Nature is where, with any reasonable guess, all love craft is drawn. Why else would I be a ship wrecked on a free Spirit’s wind? Beached and unable to transcribe

Grasp

GRASP There is a vastness in self-reflection. The ground saturated with doubt, The air, rife with the weight of worries, past and future And above, the sky painted as a collage of could’ve, should’ve and would haves… But for those who remain steadfast A well-spring of Hope nurtures an Oasis. And luckier still, are those who find someone there to share the stories. Tasi Alabastro, 2013 #selfdiscoveries #selfreflection #postaday2013 #DigOutYourSoul #Oasis #poetry #poem #poems #

A Kind of Sad Love Story

Okay- this post really isn’t about a personal kind of sad love story. In fact, it’s about a happy story about being cast in Jeffrey Lo‘s (not so unfamiliar to this blog) A Kind of Sad Love Story. The entire cast (minus one) were there for the table read. Twelve in all. Yup. Twelve. Twelve to be divided into two casts- A and B. The direction the creative team is taking with this (World) premiere is to present the play with two casts! That’s right- while I haven’t completely wr

Ain’t nobody got time for that

Sweet Brown will tell you, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.” Those were the guiding words during our rehearsal for The Lookout. Before I tell you who Sweet Brown is, and why she didn’t have time for that (whatever that is), let me first tell you of some good news! After some time away from touching anything JUST LIKE THAT related- I’m back on track with getting my short film finished. I mentioned in a previous post that Joel and I had completed a first rough cut, but I went a

Dodging Bullets

Dodging bullets, not literally of course… That’s the name of the other short play I’ve been cast in for 06 Ensemble’s The Bench Project II (seven plays total). It’s written and directed by 06 Ensemble’s co-founding member, Skyler Garcia. I applaud his debut (both in writing and directing) effort! The script reads well; pacing is fantastic, content is engaging, and it really offers a lot to an actor. I’m re-lacing the combat boots and assuming the role of Captain Bautista, who

Bench me

I’m grateful to be benched. I’ve been cast in two short plays that will be in the line up for The 06 Ensemble’s Bench Project II! I’m not sure how I managed that but I won’t question the good fortune! Teaser poster. Designed by yours truly. You might be asking yourself, “Bench Projects…that sounds familiar…where have I heard it before?”. It’s because you have- and probably on my blog! A few months ago, I was involved with the first Bench Projects; Wearing different hats, I ac

Seven Years

Cliché incoming: I can remember still remember it like it was yesterday… With Yes, We’re Open completing its screening run at the 2012 Hawai’i International Film Festival I’m flooded with emotions that have arrived from the joyful realization that everything I’ve been doing has helped me move forward as an artist. I learned an important thing. That is, to give yourself permission to talk out loud about what you want to do, despite how improbable it seems. “Enchant the cosmos”

Finding Refuge

UPDATE** | 05/01/2013 – The movie is out! Watch Refuge on PBS. See more from FutureStates. Weeks after a fun audition in a swanky office space, I got the call. Booked a small role in a really neat gig. It’s called REFUGE. Here’s an excerpt from the casting call: “Refuge” is a FUTURESTATES Season 4 film commissioned by PBS and ITVS following an Iranian girl whose immigrant status is threatened must decide whether to participate in an invasive study to stay in the US or risk be

Catapult

I’m stealing from a fellow artist and guest blogger, Zillah, when I say that. Catapult. The last couple of weeks have been a wild rush; a combination of catching up, re-orienting, discovering, and mind challenges. Two weeks ago I transitioned from TheatreWorks to San Jose Repertory Theatre (yes, back to the Rep); from part-time work to a full-time all in gig. I’m working as their Outreach Associate- that includes The Red Ladder Theatre Company, Rep on Tour, and various Outrea

I went to Chicago for a day

…sort of. I spent a day on the set of City Lights Theater Company’s production of CHICAGO, directed by Donna Scheer. What was I doing on set, you ask? Well, not acting, unfortunately. I was contracted to shoot/edit some of the supplementary video that’ll be part of the show. I guess that makes me the video designer (?)…I think that’s what that position is called -I’ll have to double check. Initially I thought I was hired to produce a promo video, but I quickly learned this wa

Swept

Responsibility. Obligation. Duty. Habit. Privilege. Service. Cuddle. Challenge. All those words describe how I feel an artist should maintain their relationship with the World around them, and the emotions it elicits from them; Good or bad, everything must be taken in and allowed to transform the artist, permanently, or otherwise. One of the most <insert your choice of adjective here> emotion is Love. Or the step ladder version of it, infatuation/crush/limerence. When this br

A Simple Life, a play by Lisa Kang

A Simple Life is one of four one act plays in the 06 Ensemble’s THE BENCH PROJECT. I mentioned in a previous entry that I’m acting in one, and directing another one –A Simple Life is the piece I’m acting in. Exciting times. Akemi and I going over the script. photo courtesy of Jonathan Amores We had our first rehearsal last night. Jonathan Amores is directing, while our cast of three included Akemi Okamura, Mimu Tsijumura and myself. photo courtesy of Director, Jonathan Amores

The Bench Project

There’s a handful of recurring theatrical/cinematic themes in my career, so far; I’m slowly finding myself playing or directing a piece that involves me 1. being married, 2. on and/or around a bench and finally 3. being slapped. In two weeks I’ll be adding another notch to those elements! I’ve been fortunate enough to be invited to direct (my first ever) a one act short play! Within the same stroke of luck, I’ve also been cast in one of the other pieces. I’ll be working with

Another day, another Crush

That’s the title of another short we shot this past weekend: CRUSH. It’s written by Richard Gali and we spent a little bit of time workshopping the dialogue. It’s another ambitious piece as it sits at a whooping ten pages! That’s exactly the page count for JUST LKE THAT. We approached this one more like our 48 Hour Film Projects in that it was mostly guerilla shooting. We relied heavily on available natural lighting and locations that would just let us shoot there as long as

The other side of the casting table

Auditions. A time to play, to have fun, to explore –at least, that’s how I feel about it when I got to auditions these days. But what of the other side of that table? That area has been a mystery to me…until this past weekend. Prepping the “sides” for actors to read… If you recall in my previous entry, I’ve fast tracked my short film script, JUST LIKE THAT, into a project I’m directing in early June. And with that, I wanted to see the potential talent it might attract, based

Just like that

Subtext: “You can’t do that, you don’t know how…” And just like that, I’m spurned into action. It felt like a throw down, a challenge that needed to be met. It felt like an invitation to compete, and I couldn’t turn it down. I’m talking about why I’ve embarked on directing a short film I wrote, JUST LIKE THAT, and why I’ve put it on the fast track. It all makes perfect sense to me now, most of the short films that I’ve helped produce have always been for competition sake (the