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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.

 
 
 
 

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

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

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 Cruel Continuous Cycle of Male/Female Relationships in Six Scenes

That my friends, is the title of the play I had the opportunity to work on -as a stage reading. It’s a play written by my friend, and talented Playwright/Director, Jeffrey Lo. The reading is part of the San Jose Rep Emerging Artist Lab (SJREAL for sure), of which its manifesto gives us room to put such a fun piece on (but certainly not limited to). Off the bat, I can say that this was one of the neatest experiences doing a stage reading. The text really just flies at you –the

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

of Zombies and Fanny Packs

It was another amusing week of bus rides, rehearsals and work place happenings. I hope I’m not giving off the impression that there’s always something interesting happening in my every day life, because there aren’t…BUT, there is always something worth writing about every week. Rehearsals are going well, we’re fast approaching opening night and I’m anxious to expose the Chulla Chaqui to unsuspecting audience members! And no, that’s not an innuendo for something else. The o

The case for space…

Nathan, who is playing the lead character, Epimetheus, seemed to enjoy all the physical behaviors associated with the scene. And hey, whatever I can do to make it easier for my cast mates to perform at max potential, I’ll explore it. I’m slightly miffed that the rehearsal scheduled on friday will NOT be at the theatre but rather, at the old dance studio which doubled as the space we used for the original auditions. Hopefully the energy will remain the same, despite the spac

 

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