We’re excited to begin a new series of one-act solo plays by writers in the BIPOC community, commissioned by City Lights and released on video so that all will be able to experience them. The first play is the beautiful Lola Cooked Our Food by Jeffrey Lo, available to watch on demand. Directed by Michelle Talgarow, the play stars Chuck Lacson and was filmed and edited by Erik Gandolfi. This series is generously supported by Mission City Community Fund.
In the play, Jordan (Lacson) opens a scrapbook to find a myriad of memories of his late Lola (Tagalog for Grandma). This is no sentimental journey. “She was one of the strongest, toughest, scariest and drama-loving people you could ever meet,” Jordan says. But there’s an emptiness when she’s gone, and Jordan sets out to understand – and fill – the space his Lola has left in his life.
Jeffrey, a Filipino-American playwright and director based in the Bay Area, is also the author of Waiting For Next, a new play that will have its world premiere on the City Lights stage in May 2022. Among other honors, he is a recipient of the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artist Award and the Theatre Bay Area Director’s TITAN Award. We’re also excited to have him directing City Lights’ production of Vietgone in March 2022.
Michelle is a Kalmyk/Filipina theater maker who has worked in the Bay Area for over 25 years. She is a proud member of the artistic company of Shotgun Players (Berkeley), where she co-coordinates The Champagne Staged Reading Series and will be directing her first mainstage show, Man of God, in 2022. She is also proud to be a member of the all-AAPI theater collective Ferocious Lotus.
Michelle has directed the winter play at San Francisco University High for the past 4 years. She currently is an adjunct professor at USF. Her performance credits include Utopia (Cutting Ball Theater / Virtual performance), Dance Nation (SF Playhouse), Vietgone (Capital Stage, Sacramento) and Two Mile Hollow (Ferocious Lotus-TBA Award Nominee).
Chuck has been acting and producing in the Bay Area for over a decade, with credits including Cowboy vs. Samurai (Asian American Theater Company / the Pear Theatre), Black Henry (Atlantic Pacific Theater), Dogeaters (Magic Theater), and There’s the Moon and then There’s You (Bindlestiff Studio). His artistic home is Bindlestiff Studio, where he serves as a resident artist and board member.