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An Apo & A Nurse: Stories from the Womb
Bayanihan Community Center
San Francisco, CA
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An Apo & A Nurse: Stories from the Womb

An Apo & a Nurse: Stories from the Womb
Two Filipina American Women Reflect on Healing, Loss, and Love.
Fri-Sat Oct 22-23, 8PM
Bayanihan Community Center
1010 Mission St. San Francisco, CA 94103
Admission: $15-20 @ the Door, $12 Advance, $11 Student/Senior

I Heart Lola by Nicole Maxali
In "I Heart Lola", Nicole realizes that life with grandma is suddenly not the same...for Nicole and for her grandma.  This piece pays tribute to all of those who suffer from Alzheimer's by reminding us that their dementia does not define who they are.  Did I mention, it's funny too?

Bathala Na! by Meldy Hernandez
Bathala Na! is a daughter and a mother's story that only a healthcare provider can tell. Travelling from a birthing hut in Africa to a deathbed in the Philippines, it is one woman's history of the body, breast cancer, and the live-giving beat of the ancestral drums that can save her. Can our tri-lingual nurse jump through heartbreak and dance toward a daughter of her own?

This unique and universal experience is told through West African dance, spoken word storytelling, and the rhythmic tongues of the Mali and Mindanao. An intensely personal and unexpectedly hilarious tale that will leave you dancing!


Meldy Hernandez, BSN, MPH is a multidisciplinary public health artist/nurse who believes in the power of stories to promote health. Utilizing over twelve years of global experience in nursing and public health along with her lifelong passion for dance, theater, and poetry, she strives to promote health through the arts. Her energetic dance and poetry infused work has been performed in Spain, West Africa, and Bay Area community theaters including the Marsh, Counterpulse, Stage Werx, the Thick House, and Off-Market Theater. Meldy’s solo-shows, “Nursing in Timbuktu” & “Bathala Na!,” showcase her adventures as an RN in Africa and the stories of mothers, daughters, breast cancer and the drums of hope. Ms. Hernandez regularly presents at health conferences and has assisted in teaching a number of university courses including Women's Health, Global Health, Promoting Positive Health, storytelling, and community building workshops. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing with a Women's Studies focus from Seattle University and Master of Public Health in Health Education from San Francisco State University.  Her unique solo performance artistic style has been most influenced by her studies with David Ford and Anthem Salgado.

Nicole Maxali quit her job in the News Industry and began her journey as a working artist/non-profit humanitarian in 2005. She has transformed through her first stand-up comedy workshop under Kevin Camia & her first black box theater performance at Bindlestiff Studio. She has performed all over the Bay Area at both comedy venues and theaters. She also had the honor to open for comic genius, Dave Chappelle, at the San Francisco Punchline.

Under tutelage of acclaimed comic/solo performer W. Kamau Bell, Nicole Maxali wrote and performed her very first one woman show in 2008. She is currently writing her full length one woman show, which was just awarded a CA$H Grant by Theatre Bay Area and is set to be directed by Paul Stein of Comedy Central Stage.  Nicole is also the co-producer of Off Market’s “City Solo” showcase.



Bayanihan Community Center
1010 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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