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Piketlayn Cantata: A Worker's Song Cycle
Bayanihan Community Center
San Francisco, CA
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Piketlayn Cantata: A Worker's Song Cycle
Piketlayn Cantata: A Worker's Song Cycle
Fri April 29, 8PM
Sat April 30, 8PM
Sun May 1, 6PM

$13 advance, $16-20 @ the door, $12 student

In an original song cycle written by acclaimed Filipina poet and playwright Joi Barrios, we follow the tumultuous journey of Juan, an overseas caregiver, and his wife, Biyang, a factory worker in South Cotobato City. Worlds apart, both find themselves struggling for worker's rights in the face of insurmountable odds. While some victories are secured, in the end we are reminded that the struggle continues for workers around the globe.  

Narrated by three Jesters, this "serious" story is injected with humor and playfulness. Using jokes, poetry, television news reports, and letter excerpts, this original song cycle interrogates history, the concept of the "well-made text," and what is considered to be "radical."

In the current, volatile battle for union rights, this performance is a must-see!

John Caldon is Artistic Director of Guerrilla Rep, an independent theater company in San Francisco he co-founded. Credits include: "The Oddman Family Christwanzaakuh Spectacular!" (co-writer/co-director  2010), "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Lost My Virginity" (co-writer  2009/2010); "Third Eye: the b-side monologues" (writer/co-director  2008); Terrence Beswick's critically acclaimed, award winning "hotshot" (director  2008) and Beswick's "Strings" (director  2009), which opened that year's National Queer Arts Festival. With a background in professional theater production, John currently serves as Marketing and Special Events Manager for the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, and has previously worked as Production Stage Manager for The Western Stage and Production Manager for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. John is a graduate of the SFSU Creative Writing program and has published opinion editorials with the San Francisco Chronicle, The Williams Institute at UCLA and the Huffington Post.

Joi Barrios teaches at UC Berkeley while serving as Literary Manager of Ma-Yi Theater Company.  After starting out as a street theater actor for UP Peryante, she focused on playwrighting.  She has written several Palanca-award winning plays, among them "Damas de Noche," and "Gabriela:  Isang Oratoryo."  She recently released her third poetry collection:  Bulakak sa Tubig:  Mga Tula ng Pag-ibig at Himagsik.   In 2004, she received the TOWNS (The Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service) Award.

Visual Artists
Joseph Marconi Calindas
Aimee Espiritu

Pendong Aban
Cynthia Coloma-Aban
Bobby Dulay


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


Arts > Performance

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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