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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.

 
 
 
 

Three things I want to finish before 2013

But probably won’t. The end of the year holiday rush is upon us. Droves of people flocking to the malls and outlets to get their last minute shopping in; ribbons, wrappers, and scotch tape are being pieced together with a flurry not unlike that of an expert swordsman in a battlefield. Or some other flurriest thing… Here are three things I want to finish doing before 2013…but probably won’t. Finish writing Amazon reviews I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to place more than

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

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

November 2012 in Photography

November 2012 has been an inconsistent month when it comes to weather. This time last year, I was Mr. Bundle-Up. On this go around, I can’t count how many times I’ve had to change my wardrobe upon stepping out of my place on account of a drastic shift in weather. November came and went without much fanfare- here’s to December! Actors in the green room. L-R: Jonathan Amores, Addie Walters In the middle of tech rehearsal… 1) Recreating Abbey Road, or as I’d like to think, getti

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

All over Saturday

Variety is the spice of Life! That’s what they say, right? Well, Saturday didn’t say it, it yelled it! My morning started an Arts Expo where I got to meet a lot of interesting organizations that provide resources to educators to bring arts back into schools. We need more of this! By noon I was off to the city to make an audition with Bindlestiff Studios for the World Premiere of Jeffrey’s play, A Kind of Sad Love Story. Minus a few minor public transportation hiccups, I made

Wanna hear a joke?

That’s the first line I utter in Jake Arky’s play, The Lookout. I like it already! My character’s got jokes– okay, you quickly realize it’s not the type of joke you would typically hear around town. Then again, I don’t know about some of you, and the filthy activities you find yourselves in! Hah- I kid, I kid. In The Lookout I play a  “middle-management” type street hustler whose urban vernacular twists my tongue more than it sags my pants. I accept the challenge! We spent mo

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

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”

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

Flourish

To flourish. I like engaging in all manners of creative activity. It is the water to my seed, my growth factor, my balance. Last week I had the opportunity to shoot some portraits with some friends. I met Fleur through a good friend of mine, Liz (a guest blogger of mine), over a year ago and it felt like no time had passed. I started the day with a modest breakfast (hah)- this ridiculous taco, from The Iron Cactus. It was definitely quantity over quality with this little fell

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

Something I’m not

Bored. That’s something I haven’t been in a great long while. The labored breathing sometimes associated with the lack of stimulated activity has not graced my body in, if I were to wager a guess, six years. Six years ago I was 23. Twenty-three and living on Hawai’i. It was in Hawai’i where I discovered new pillars of my being. It took one massively painful breakup, an endless smathering of fog that blanketed cityscapes like icing on cake, and of course, relocating to an isla

A strange pace for citizen Alabastro

I’m back on stage! (And by stage, I mean the one where I won’t require a spandex and some well rehearsed body rolls) Nope, this time, it’s a full-length play! Recall, the last time I was on stage was for the 06 Ensemble’s Bench Projects (and a couple of stage readings in between) and that was such a treat. This time, I’ve been fortunate enough to be cast in THE STRANGE CASE OF CITIZEN DE LA CRUZ written by renowned Filipino novelist, Luis H. Francia! It’ll be produced by Bind

Something is missing

With my 29th birthday a week behind me, I’ve had a moment to soak in all of the things I’ve been grateful for- loyal friends, successful projects, a roof over my head, parents who still nag me about future plans (yes, I’m even grateful for that), and certainly not lacking in importance, a growing friendship with a person whose companionship has meant a great deal to me. All things I’m grateful for… But something was missing. Something so basic and intrinsic to my growth as an

29

In the short time that I’ve been around, no sensation has been more euphoric than that of following my heart. A feeling that every step in any direction matters, so long as it’s guided by the subtle precision of curiosity. In the short time that I’ve been around, no inspiration has come close to the electricity as that of making someone laugh. -And with every act of reciprocity, a re-energizing of my soul. This has been one of the most difficult entries for me to write. Not b