The Bakla Show 3 Opens June 12 at Bindlestiff Studio

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The beloved production series, The Bakla Show, returns to Bindlestiff Studio on June 12 with the premiere of The Bakla Show 3 (which runs through June 28). Created in 2006 to reclaim the term bakla (the Tagalog word for “gay”), The Bakla Show continues its mission to educate, challenge, and encourage dialogue among and between different ethnic and sexually diverse communities by means of increasing the visibility of F/Pilipin@ American LGBTQ/GNC experience.

The Bakla Show 3 will focus specifically on LGBTQ/GNC F/Pilipin@ youth struggles, presenting a textured glimpse of the hardships and turmoil, while bringing to the forefront the celebrations, joy, and love.

The production is a proud recipient of a 2014 Horizons Foundation grant, awarded to non-profits around the Bay Area to help strengthen and support programs and services benefiting the LGBTQ community, as well as grants from Red Envelope Giving Circle, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philantropy (AAPIP), and the San Francisco Arts Commission.

Through these generous grants and awards, The Bakla Show has been able to expand its scope:

The FYRE (Filipin@ Youth Resiliency and Empowerment) Circle workshops, which began on April 26th, recurring weekly every Saturday until May 24th, are opportunities for Filipin@ youth to build community and raise awareness on topics such as identity, oppression, and solidarity, as well as to collaborate on a theatrical piece to be produced in The Bakla Show 3. The workshops take place in SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco, and are geared towards Filipin@ youth under 21.

The Bakla Show was a participant of 17th Annual United States of Asian America Festival 2014.

In addition, an art exhibit of LGBTQ/GNC F/Pilipin@ artists will run concurrently at Bindlestiff Studio during the production. An opening reception for the installation will take place June 7, 7pm-9pm, [cost?].

Lastly, Glover Lane Press will print an anthology of the pieces included in the The Bakla Show 3 production, along with other selected work. (The submission period has been extended; see guidelines below).


The Bakla Show 3

June 12-28

Thursday – Saturday, 8pm

Students and Seniors: $10

General: $15

Support the Artists: $20

(Pay-what-you-can, June 12 only)

Purchase tickets online:


Bindlestiff Studio

185 6th St @ Howard, San Francisco, CA 94103

For tickets and more information, call 415-255-0440.


“How the Horn Ended You” by Edgar Poma

Directed by Jeffrey Hoffman

Set in Hawaii, Filipino teens Damien, Kanalu and Rowena explore sexual and romantic relationships, navigate the thorniness of body image, and confront the effects and challenges of class difference.

“Inay’s Wedding Dress” by Conrad Panganiban

An intimate portrait of the often-fragile dynamics of the Filipino American family, sisters Rianne and Gerilyn – faced with the death of their mother – reunite for a painful confrontation that simmers with the difficulties of identity, diaspora and internalized racism.

“A Date for the Dance” by mgb

A quirky tale about the classic dilemma of finding a date to the dance—except set in the awkward world of seventh grade. Maribeth, uninterested and hesitant to go to the dance, shocks her three light-haired girl friends when she discloses that she’s never had a boyfriend.


Edgar Poma’s plays are primarily about Pinoys, passion and longing, and include “‘tude and Gratitude” (Bakla Show 2, San Francisco Fringe Festival); “Studly Guy Baptized in the River” (Bindlestiff); “Little Train” (Teatro ng Tanaan); “Reunion” (Teatro Yerba Buena, Teatro Gusto, Teatro Chicano, Arizona Public Television); “A Summoning” (New Conservatory Theatre); “Tim the Puritan” (HBO New Writers Workshop); “Hypnotista,” “The Warm Embrace,” “Fame Game” (American Festival of Playwrights of Color).  His short stories, poetry and essays have been published in various literary journals and anthologies.  He is a past recipient of a California Arts Council Grant for playwriting, and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley.  He was born in Sacramento, and resides in San Francisco with his partner of twenty-eight years, Rodney Wong, whom he married in 2008.

Conrad Panganiban is a playwright living, writing, and dreaming in Alameda, CA. His work has been performed by Bindlestiff Studio, Kearny Street Workshop, Sinag-tala Filipino Theater and Performing Arts Association, Taste Better Wit, UnityCLAP Theatre Group, 06 Ensemble, CIRCA Pintig, and A-Squared Theatre Workshop in Chicago and at The Village Pub Theatre, Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland. His play, The Barbary Caper, took First Place in the Playwrights CageMatch National Script Competition produced by the Douglas Morrison Theatre in Hayward, CA. He’s also very proud of his collaboration with co-writers, Drew Stephens and Emmanuel Romero, on the short film, Prinsesa. “Inay’s Wedding Dress” was also selected for the Spring 2014 SFSU Fringe Festival, as well as the runner-up for the James Milton Highsmith Drama award at San Francisco State University where he is pursuing his MFA in Playwriting. For more, please visit:

mgb (Marygrace Burns) was born on one of 7000+ islands of the Philippines and was flown over to the US at the terrible age of two. She was raised in Porterville (right between Fresno and Bakersfield) by the numerous Burns’ Clan and survived on books, words, and mixtapes. She moved to San Francisco to pursue her dream of being a writer and found her true passion in Education, Ethnic Studies, and Social Justice. She has been a poet since she first learned how to write her name, an educator with Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP) since 2006, and a dancer with meNd Dance Company since September 2011. She now divides her time writing in the margins of various spaces, searching for used copies of her favorite books, and teaching English at Skyline College in San Bruno. She was a mermaid in a past life, a werewolf in this one and hopes to be a faerie in the next one. She gives many thanks to Bindlestiff for bringing her words to life.


John Vincent Aranda is a first-generation Filipino-American Artist, raised in San Diego, California and now based in London, after graduating from Camberwell College of Arts (University of the Arts London) in 2009. Specializing in Collage and Photography, JVA has exhibited internationally and was recently featured in “The Age of Collage: Contemporary Collage in Modern Art” published by Gestlaten, an international survey of Artists working within the medium. JVA has also been commissioned to create work for the Bluebird Chelsea Restaurant and South Place Hotel in London, and the Borsa Restaurant in Istanbul, Turkey, all of which are owned by Conran & Partners and D&D London, two of the leading design companies globally. Currently, JVA lives and works in London with his boyfriend and is preparing to begin an MFA at the prestigious Central St. Martins later this year. “The Bakla Show 3” marks the first time his work has been exhibited in the U.S.A.

“Struggling to find ways to label and define her multiple identities, Raychelle Leilanie Duazo uses visual art to communicate the complex intersectionality that comes with being a queer woman of color. A self-described queer, femme, Pacific Northwestern/Seattlelite, Filipina-American adventurer foodie, her work covers a number of themes, focusing on otherness, loneliness, family trauma, the Filipino diaspora, relationship abuse, power dynamics, identity, and most importantly, self-expression as a form of freedom and healing. As a former undergrad at the University of Washington, she was involved and held positions in several on-campus organizations, including the Queer Student Commission, the Queer People of Color Alliance, and the Undergraduate Student Public Health Association, doing community, networking, and activist work within the Seattle queer community. She holds a BS in Public Health from University of Washington Seattle and is planning on furthering her secondary education with an emphasis on social justice and health care work.” 

About Bindlestiff Studio

Established in 1989, BINDLESTIFF STUDIO is the only permanent, community-based performing arts venue in the nation dedicated to showcasing emerging Filipino American and Pilipino artists. Bindlestiff Studio provides the often under-served Filipino American community access to diverse offerings in theatrical productions, music and film festivals, workshops in directing, production, acting, stand-up comedy, and writing, as well as a children and youth theater program.

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