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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.

 
 
 
 

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

Move over nine to five

8am to 10p is the new 9-5. When you’re on most (if not all) movie sets, big or small –you can expect to put in more hours than you thought, or planned to. If you’re not terribly into that idea, don’t worry, it’ll show and you probably won’t be coming back. Luckily for me, I find most on-set experiences pleasant and downright addicting. It’s even occurred to me that one of the reasons I’ve been interested in working in movies as an actor is because I binge on watching behind-t

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

Voices that Aspire

As a kid growing up on American Samoa, I often marveled (through movies, music, and literature) at the World beyond the island shores. I wondered about the food, the sounds, the sights, but mostly the people. And to go deeper, I was curious about the people who were creating art; The artists behind all of the beautiful (and often times funny) movies, comics, literature I was consuming. I wanted to step beyond consuming, and produce. I wanted to produce with the same spirit an

The weekend in digest, 02-19-2011

Before the next weekend starts, I want to recap highlights from last weekend! Friday • Auditioned at San Jose Repertory Theatre • Carpooled with @squaremarden family to San Luis Obispo • Received our 48hr Film Project criteria and collected and assembled ideas until Saturday morning, 5am Saturday • 8a, up and at em. Shower, breakfast and off to the first shot of the day in downtown San Luis Obispo • 11a, socks are soaking wet but first few shots are in the bag • 2p, still

48 is not my favorite number…

But it’s a constant in the year. For the past 4-5 years we’ve participated in the 48hr Film Project  and this year is no different. Except for the fact that it’s an eco themed challenge AND it’s earlier in the year then the usual summer based ones. While still in its infancy, the 48 Go Green Film Competition is already on its way to becoming a positive influence in both the global community and the independent filmmaker. And by “WE”, I mean the film team I’m a member of, Squa

Cinequest is back (2009)!

Weird. I thought I blogged about my Cinequest experiences from last year but I realized I actually wrote it in a journal and NOT online! Well, this year, it’s going to this blog. For those that are unfamiliar with it, Cinequest is a widely known Film Festival based in the Silicon Valley. The organization utilize The California Theatre, Camera 12 and San Jose Repertory Theatre to host the films and local establishments for various uses. Last year I spent most of it wandering a

Food and Passion

Original post found here: “Babnik” Some people have passion in food. Others feel that passion is food for the soul. Regardless of how you look at it, working on an indie film is very much the combination of food and passion. When Alejandro invited me to join them on the set of Babnik, I was more than delighted. But at the same time I couldn’t help feel like that neighbor you bring along to a picnic. If you think about it, an indie film can easily take on a very family-like at

 

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