Shadow puppet play “Sigaw” depicts the plight of Filipino workers in the U.S.

Shadow pupper play Sigaw
Catch “Sigaw: A Shadowplay” until July 28 at Bindlestiff Studio, 185 Sixth Street, San Francisco, California. Photo from Bindlestiff Studio.

A new shadow puppet play, “Sigaw (Scream, Shout, Cry),” is shedding light on the plight of Filipino workers in the United States.

Bindlestiff, a Filipino-American performing arts group based in California, is currently staging the 45-minute shadow puppet play about the life of a young girl named Marissa who used to live in the Philippines and took the chance to work as a domestic worker in the United States.

Inspired by the story of Eudocia Tomas Pulido, which was written by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Alex Tizon in The Atlantic magazine in 2017, the shadow puppetry sheds light on how Filipino domestic workers literally screamed, shouted, or cried in their job.

Written and directed by Bindlestiff Studio’s artistic director Aureen Almario with original music by Joshua Icban, the shadowplay tries to address the imbalance among Filipina domestic workers such as categorizations and treatment.

Almario trained in shadow play under Lorna Velasco, Larry Reed, Don Salubayba (Anino Shadowplay). The Bindlestiff chief is also a member of Brownout Shadowplay Collective.

The cast of “Sigaw” include England Hidalgo, Jessylyn Los Banos, Kimberley Acebo Arteche, Marcius Noceda, Nicolette Dionisio, TJ Basa, Tracy Nguyen.

Sponsored by the San Francisco Arts Commission, “Sigaw” is on stage at the Bindlestiff Studio on 185 Sixth Street, San Francisco, California until July 28.

WATCH this video from behind the scenes of the Sigaw and SEND encouraging cheers to Bindlestiff Studio for their continuing mission to showcase Filipino-American life in the United States!

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