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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.

 
 
 
 

May 2013 in Photography

1) We applied tarp to our rehearsal space for Jack Rabbit by Peter Hsieh (SJREAL). This is a shot of Eva, played by Hannah Rose, after she’s been beaten to a pulp by a Vampire Hunter. Don’t worry, we had a fight choreographer on site and no one was hurt…for the most part. 2) The San Jose Repertory Theatre had a production of Christopher Marlowe’s The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, and part of the production were shadow puppets. Gina Marie Hayes was in charge of those dev

March 2013 in Photography

1) Carina captured looking wistful in two mirrors backstage. 2) Just a quick doodle of myself. 3) Weslei backstage going over his lines. Bindlestiff Studio’s backstage offers a few nocks and crannies to hide and focus. 4) During one of our breaks, I visited a local coffee shop and happened across this couple decompressing. 5) In between the full time job and doing a show in San Francisco, I try to find balance by playing some video games. This was the midnight release of Bios

What is cue to cue?

Or in short, Q2Q. And according to Wikipedia (hah): A cue-to-cue is when the sound and lights are run with certain parts of scenes within the production. Usually a scene will start with the first few lines and then skip to the lines and staged blocking for the next cue. This whole process can take many hours, and though it is beneficial for all aspects of production, it can become very tedious. They have been known to run long hours, mainly due to multiple runs of the show wi

October 2012 in Photography

Here I am, six days into November, posting some photos that stood out to me in October. I’m going to pull the “Better late than never” card. Hawazaahhh! San Francisco The color scheme reminds me of Jufran, banan ketchup… Greek chorus, in hiding. Is it the end of the World yet? Rainy days are a coming… 1) San Francisco. Closing night of The Strange Case of Citizen de la Cruz. Was the City ready to send us off into our post-show blues? 2) Color and efficiency! The abundant line

A week in photos

I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to start a “A week in photos” series! I usually enjoy sharing photos I’ve taken with my dSLR, but if you’re with me on Twitter/Facebook, you’d notice that I like posting photos via Instagram (which took some self-convincing to do) throughout the week. Really, a lot of it stems from the daily commute and adventures around the city. So, if you’re into that kind of stuff, tune in! You can catch my other pieces here on my Flickr: http://ww

The rest that can be said

The Bench Project was a huge success! Sold out house, +7 additional seats that were added. Look for yourself. Admission was free if you brought a book to donate to The East Bay Children’s Book Project. Sold out house + 7 additional seats! photo courtesy of Jeffrey Lo, Artistic Director of The 06 Ensemble The day started out in earnest, a good homemade meal. In this case, I was able to scrounge up the last of the corned beef my parents brought from American Samoa (in my opinio

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

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

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

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

20 of my favorite words

In no specific order: Alchemy Curiosity Navigate Adventure Gravity Arresting Engage Moxie Lode Cast Callbacks Kinetic Leap Dinosaur Fart Magnanimous Autodidact Pun Slain Wanderlust Honorable mention: Pathos Some of these words have been long time favorites of mine, and a few are recent adoptions. What are your favorite words? Do we share a common favorite word? I’d love to hear about it, use the comment box below or Tweet me Follow @tasialabastro Related articles Dinosaurs!!

Don’t mind the roundhouse

March. I can’t say enough about this month. Or maybe there’s just too much to say about this month that I’m immediately overwhelmed when I decide to write about it –hmm. Food for thought. This past weekend tossed me in the arms of several neat projects. Adobe Youth Voices camp. I can’t say enough about these young adults. They’ve been spending the last few weeks piecing together short films that share a message; To have their voices heard. Or in this case, seen. One of the ro

SubZERO 2011 was HOT!

Where does the time go? It felt like only yesterday I was in attendance of the very first SubZERO Festival (presented by Zero1 and South FIRST FRIDAYS) and it was nothing more than a strip of rag-tag street vendors with a handful of trinkets to share and sell. The art galleries that peppered South First street flung their doors wide open for the public to filter through and get an idea of what the local artists are up to. Flash forward to the present, art galleries are still

Ebb and Floetry, personal ramblings.

Emotions ebb and flow like day and night, lay waste to those vessels lacking in foresight. Squeal in delight, fly high strung like kite but explode like dynamite. In your face but out of place, a resident blame laced in residual pain. A crush, a breathing thing on its own, pay it back twice-fold like a bank loan. A monopoly of bliss, do not pass go. I forgot to remember that these things surprise, like seeing the flash of light seconds before your demise. But I’ll stray from

Feeling the Floetry

I don’t know if it was the lengthy train ride or experiencing a concert in the rain but I’ve found myself insisting on writing–and not just any kind of writing, but writing floetry.  And when I say floetry, I mean, writing the first thing that comes to my head that I’ve funneled from a particular emotion or place inside that yearns to come out.  Floetry is what I’d like to call it because I feel what I write isn’t as beautiful as the poetry I’ve read.  This is more or less th

 

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