ensemble of a first time playwrights and upcoming San Jose artists
will delve into the mind of Ilawan, a teenager who struggles to connect
his life issues together. Staged in his room, a sacred space, events
and objects throughout his day cause him to reflect about the issues
of identity, dance, music, family, current events, humanity, love
and spirituality. Dealing with these issues, he imagines these dilemmas
through various forms of performance & visual art: live instrumentation,
poetry, rhyming, beat boxing, modern and break dancing, turntablism
and digital video. Ultimately, his issues overlap to bring clarity
to his life and culminate into a unison performance piece conjuring
the idea of a cypher and connection.
into the mind and heart of Ilawan, who thinks and acts through non-verbal
expression, takes theatre back to its roots of understanding each
others movement to find the energy and vibe of an individual. Also,
the street poet, an instrumental part of the production will signify
multiple roles from the narrator to the consciousness of Ilawan
to the thoughts of the audience. His unpredictable monologues pieces
will add excitement and humor to the entire production. Although
some parts of the narrative will be written by the writers, all
actors will have written and performed their own poetic pieces.
is the aim of this production to tap into new & local talent
and pushing the limits of theater. This innovative and fresh look
at what teenagers experience are great examples of the heartbeat
of young people’s expression that will help people understand
that these are their ways keeping them sane in this world. These
artists become the modern day storytellers who connect issues that
all people can identify with and are a reflection of what people
experience in life that can transcend age, race, class and gender.
Our hope is to create community and bring people one step closer
to each other by understanding commonalities and struggles that
we all face as human beings. Realizing that we are in this world
together struggling, maintaining and celebrating life!