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Art in Motion

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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.

 
 
 
 

My thoughts on A Kind of Sad Love Story

A KIND OF SAD LOVE STORY is a well paced, if not mirrored composition of what memories are under the duress of a painful, but necessary, breakup. Often times the show reminds us of the fragility of relationships when words are left unspoken, and actions undefined. At the core of it are these individuals who, despite their best efforts in continuing their personal endeavors as a unit, find themselves in a precarious position.  The play hits on so many points. Worth noting are

Against Which, a quick look at rehearsal

…this time, from the director’s point of view. As you might recall (or not), I’m also acting in a piece which will be presented in the same event! I’m finding the shifting of mental gears quite the experience; Fun, so far, but challenging… Let’s rewind just a second —JUST LIKE THAT is short film I’m directing. It’s one in which I’m actually involved with a larger cast & crew than what I’ve normally worked on (in a producing stand point). But, it’s not my first time working in

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

City Light’s Spring Shorts

I’m back on the saddle again –at least where stage readings are concerned. Thanks to Cara Phipps and Jeffrey Lo for offering me the opportunity to spend a night at the theater… I read stage directions for two playwrights this evening, Margy Kahn and Lisa Kang (The Devil’s in the Details and Faith, respectively). They were short pieces, unlike the previous two readings I was a part of. I had a chance to meet two Twitter personalities this evening, Lisa Kang (playwright) and Ka

Just Do It

Sound familiar artists? Yeah, trust me, I know those feeling and I know those thoughts. I won’t say I’ve completely purged myself of these thoughts but I have overcome most of them by doing one simple thing: looking at a Nike shoebox. I know that sounds silly but if you set aside our overexposure to such marketing phrases you’ll see a truly powerful statement: JUST DO IT. In an art world consumed by lack of funding, lack of jobs and an abundance of grant applications the phra

Filming in the theater

No no, I didn’t go and do some video pirating. I spent a few hours yesterday filming the interview portion of what will end up in the New Play Development Factory promotional video. If you’re into theatre AND the process of taking something from page to stage (thanks for that phrase Cara), then stage/developmental readings are the thing for you. If you’re a frequent reader of my blog you’ll notice that I participate in these often. Partly for exposure, also partly for practic

The secret is out

Four Taino Indians, paraded by Columbus before Queen Isabella, vow to change history. Steeled by myth, each explores a new world in which hope, intimacy, and conquest collide, and Queen Isabella discovers that the world is bigger and more complicated than in her wildest dreams. The Secrets of the World was originally commissioned and developed by PlayGroundBy Eveyln Jean Pine (Jim Kleinmann, Artistic Director.) Stage readings. I wrapped at least five of them last year. They a

 

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