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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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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


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.


Playing in TheatreWork’s New Works Festival

Okay, we’ve got a lot of ground to cover so let’s jump right in! Chairs. Stands. Lights. And voice. If you’ve been following this blog for some time you’ll know that I do my best to promote new work on stage. And new work often comes in various forms, and one of them are stage readings. If I’ve done a good enough job curating my blog, then this link should give you access to every stage reading post. It might be worth noting that at the time this opportunity found me, I was H

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

The Drunken City

Show postcard artwork inspired by the actual actors cast in this production! It takes a lot of people to put on a theater show. It also takes a lot of focus, talent, hard work and a central vision to make it memorable. I’m assistant directing The Drunken City at Renegade Theatre Experiment in San Jose and with opening night being only two days away, I can’t help but acknowledge that some of the people involved in the production have lived with this script longer than me, and

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

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

I went to Chicago for a day

…sort of. I spent a day on the set of City Lights Theater Company’s production of CHICAGO, directed by Donna Scheer. What was I doing on set, you ask? Well, not acting, unfortunately. I was contracted to shoot/edit some of the supplementary video that’ll be part of the show. I guess that makes me the video designer (?)…I think that’s what that position is called -I’ll have to double check. Initially I thought I was hired to produce a promo video, but I quickly learned this wa

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

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

Now Circa Zen

I went to work today. A Sunday. But I work in a performing arts theatre –working on a Sunday is not so uncommon, even if it just front of house type of work. March has been such a whirlwind type of a month that going in for a seven hour shift answering phone calls and passing out theatre tickets feels like swimming in peanut butter right after a brisk lap around the pool. I was determined to make it another happy day. Woke up bright and early and took the train down to the Mo

Filming in the theater

No no, I didn’t go and do some video pirating. I spent a few hours yesterday filming the interview portion of what will end up in the New Play Development Factory promotional video. If you’re into theatre AND the process of taking something from page to stage (thanks for that phrase Cara), then stage/developmental readings are the thing for you. If you’re a frequent reader of my blog you’ll notice that I participate in these often. Partly for exposure, also partly for practic

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

Burgers and Play

I’ve been granted some extra days off this week and decided to fill last night with a bit of town-ly adventure and theatre. I found myself happily filled with both! On the food frontier, I stumbled on Palo Alto Creamery which served one of the best milkshakes I’ve ever had! Their prices were a bit steep (for a diner) but, it’s Palo Alto, expect a bit of inflation, right? I couldn’t complain though, the night was right –and I love diner atmosphere! Lots of this... ..and this!

Abraham’s Altar

This was a whooper of a stage reading, for many reasons; Right on top is the fact that it’s based off of the playwright’s own life. ABRAHAM’S ALTAR is a story of a gay Vietnam War Veteran living in San Francisco. The story unfolds as, from what I felt, like a live-flashback. An element that’s used in the play is that the current version of the main character indulges in conversation with his younger, more naive self. In fact, there’s a line in the play wherein the character a

We’re right here on Avenue Q!

I had the good fortune to attend San Jose Stage Company‘s production of AVENUE Q. I missed the touring company entirely when they were performing in San Francisco. I was determined not to miss it this time around. Also, considering the fact that San Jose Stage Co. is a mere 10 minute walk from my apartment, I had no excuse! Another big reason for my excitement, outside of Avenue Q being an reputed ‘amazing’ show, my friend Rinabeth was in the cast! She was playing Christmas E

(No) Armed with a bottle opener and an imagination…

I’m back on stage! This time it was for a developmental stage reading for Richard Medugno‘s “THE MISADVENTURES OF NO ARMS NORMAN” directed by Susannah Greenwood. For those that don’t know what a developmental stage reading is: It’s a time when the playwright can hear/watch his piece be performed as a reading from live actors with a live audience. It’s another way for the author to gauge how the play lives and breaths with other factors working with it. The playwright will the

60% versus 100%

Quick entry: So after an interesting (actually not so much) CALL BACK to Noises Off, I walked back to SJ Rep deep in thought and analytical assessment. There have been a handful of times when I’ve walked away from an audition where I feel absolutely serene. That’s not to say that I landed the role or anything, but the feeling was, for lack of a better word, flavorful. Now…I can keep saying that until the cows come home and there are situations when that has been the case, zoo

The Grass is Greener…

…when you’re busy watering them. Right? Acting is easy. Acting believable is a challenge. I realize I spend a lot of energy every day just scrutinizing how I approach different aspects of acting. Sometimes I think I think too much, which can be a hazard to believable acting. But I’ll spare you the boring “la la” of my deep internal struggle to find the next level of creativity. The grass is greener when you’re busy watering them. To say it’s greener on the other side is a cli

Addition of Auditions

I’m usually a happy camper when I don’t have to stay at home and count the amount of times I’ve counted the times I’ve counted in my head. Lately, I’ve been discovering a delicious amount of auditions coming my way. By delicious, I mean, they leave me hungry for more. And before you can point at me and call me a glutton for punishment, pain, and rejection I have to admit I do rather enjoy the whole auditioning process. It’s the part after that’s usually crummy. You know, the


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