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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.

 
 
 
 

A Docufiend’s Confession (2016)

I wish I could say I waited three years to update my blog because my favorite number is three. Hell, even that last sentence had three I’s. But no, my last entry lay somewhere in the cuts of 2013 for no good reason except the need to change things up so I stopped updating altogether. BUT! Big but. But not updating does not mean I stopped documenting. I’m a sucker for documentation, you see, often finding fuel-for-change in the embers of sentimentalism. So instead of writing a

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

To Bench or not to Bench

TO BENCH! No question. A three performance weekend w h o o s h e d by faster than a Felix Baumgartner could re-enter the atmosphere. Alright, maybe not that fast but dammit, time flies when you’re having fun and the Bench Project II was over before I knew it. I was just starting to get used to the way the dressing room would settle into this musky scent when everyone was in there, flying out of their costumes. Oh, and I was starting to enjoy tip toeing backstage because the v

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

Strange Case

I feel strange publishing an article regarding the show I’m in, The Strange Case of Citizen de la Cruz, without first publishing some of the “drafts” I’ve written in regards to working on the show. But since I’m not fully decided on publishing said drafts, there’s an urgency in making sure this write up/review of the show is seen. I very much enjoyed what Eric had to say about the show, its relevance, and the points he’s excavated. Special thanks to him, for coming out to see

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

Let our benches combine

Tonight we’ll be presenting four short plays, each one unified by the central image of a bench. This is the 06 Ensemble’s THE BENCH PROJECT. You might recall my previous posts regarding this -I’m directing a piece called AGAINST WHICH, and acting in another piece, A SIMPLE LIFE. It’s been quite the experience! We had tech rehearsal the other night and it was nice to add some structure as to how the evening will flow. I had a quick pitstop over at Philz Coffee (as usual) and w

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

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

No fire breathing at Dragon Theatre

Today’s Callback was interesting. It was for a play called WONDERFUL WORLD, by Richard Dresser. It took me some time before I warmed up, and even longer to finally feel that familiar fire of Playfulness in an audition space. I wish I could say I went in really dying to earn the part, but in reality, I was just happy to be there, period. If all I had was one round of readings, I’d probably be okay with that. But as chance would have it, I had at least six. So hey, not a bad wa

Dig In Magazine Interview

Dig In Magazine Interview Soon after the World Premiere of Yes, We’re Open at the 30th Annual San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Dig In Magazine. It’s been a neat little trip and I’m eternally grateful for all those involved! Related articles Sfiaaff30 Sfiaaff30 Sfiaaff30 (kreenpananas.wordpress.com) San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival Preview (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com) Opening night of SF

The Art of Failing Good-Naturedly

Improv. Improvisation. The art of thinking quickly on your feet, while simultaneously balancing cutting wit and humor. I never thought in a million years I would take an Improv class. Whenever I’d watch sketch or comedy shows, I always admired the actors for their effortless humor. They seemed so at ease with surprising spontaneity: everything they did or said produced side-splitting laughter from the live audiences. This past quarter, a friend recommended I take an improv co

Voices were scene.

March has been full of surprises that I knew were there. Wait, before you say, “That doesn’t even make sense!”, hear me out. pictured: Oscar David Arguello Jr. and Tasi Alabastro I had a rough idea of what was going to be happening in March -activities, deadlines, film festivals, but I was surprised at the emotions that have been following me through the Month. All positive, just to note. I had a chance to cross off one of my goals last year, and that was to find myself in a

Five practical ways to get started as an Actor

So you’ve caught the acting bug. Whether you’re undeniably sure that you want to be under the hot lights or a curious closet thespian, one question will hover around you like flies on bullshit. And trust me, in this business, expect to wade in it and at times, be completely dunked. But if that doesn’t deter you, then continue… The question is, where/how do I start? For all intents and purposes, I’ll be writing primarily about gaining traction in the San Francisco Bay Area act

Raymond, and my on-screen family.

It’s been shaping up to be a solid year of booking gigs. The audition-to-booking ratio has been positive lately and I feel like that kid in the candy store who actually gets to take home what he points at. I’ve been tackling auditions differently this year. I’ve shifted my attitude towards auditioning to something closer to an opportunity to perform and play. Emphasis on PLAY. More on this later. RAYMOND’s audition was fantastic. Raymond is the lead and I had the opportunity

Officially Twenty Six Years Young!

Childhood friends during birthday party It’s been years since I’ve actually thrown a party for my birthday.  The photo to the right was probably the last one I remember having where I was relatively carefree.  In fact, I remember stressing out about which toppings to have on the pizza we were going to order!  It seems trite to engage in a moment of retrospect but I’ll go ahead and indulge myself.  My life [after High School], it seems, has been unfolding in increments of thre

 

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