Playwright Linda Faigao-Hall examines aging and dying in new work


‘I haven’t stopped writing.’ Photo by Billy Bustamante

Tony-award winning Regional Theater, La MaMa, in association with Out of the Box Theatrics,
presents the world premiere of “Dying in Boulder” by Linda Faigao-Hall, directed by Ian Morgan

Previews begin February 28 at The Downstairs at La MaMa with opening night slated for March 3 and runs until March 17.

In a quest for a “good death,” a dying Caucasian-American Buddhist in Boulder, Colorado enlists her reluctant mixed-Filipino family in micromanaging her impending funeral rites. “Dying in Boulder” is a comic but moving exploration of American cultural confusion around aging and dying – and our inability to control either.

The play was inspired by circumstances within Faigao-Hall’s own family. She shared with how her Caucasian-American sister-in-law, who was a baptized Buddhist, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“I was there attending to her care during her last week,” said the playwright. “She arranged for Tibetan Buddhist funeral rites; at that time, I was a practicing Catholic and was directly involved with the rituals.”

Faigao-Hall said writing plays has long been her passion.

“I’ve been writing plays since I was a child in the Philippines. It was always a passion. I continued to pursue it when I immigrated in 1971. My first production was in 1984. I haven’t stopped writing,” she said.

The play stars Obie Award winner Jan Leslie Harding (Mac Wellman’s “Sincerity Forever”), Fenton Li, Bernadette Quigley (“Mr. Robot”) Michael Rabe, and Mallory Ann Wu with a production team that includes two other Filipino theater artists, costume designer Raven Ong and sound designer Fabian Obispo.

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Linda Faigao-Hall has been produced on the East and West coasts and abroad. Her plays include “The Female Heart” produced by Diverse City Theater Company & Ensemble Studio Theater on Theater Row, NYC and at UP Diliman Theater, Philippines. Among her other plays are “The A – Word” (DCT, Theater Row, NYC), “Woman From the Other Side of the World,” (Ma-Yi Theater, NYC), East West Players Inc. Los Angeles, CA; Asian-American Repertory Theater, San Diego, CA; InterAct Theater, Sacramento, CA); “God, Sex and Blue Water” (Living Image Arts, Theater Row, NYC); “Sparrow” (LIA, Theater Row, NYC), “State Without Grace,” (Pan Asian Repertory Theater, NYC; Asian-American Theater Company, San Francisco, CA).

An anthology of her plays “The Female Heart and other Plays” was published by No Passport Press in New York; she has appeared in The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2008, Smith & Kraus and The Savage Stage – The Best Plays of Ma-Yi, New York.

Director Ian Morgan is Associate Artistic Director of The New Group. In addition to overseeing the company’s mainstage season, he created and runs the NewGroup/NewWorks play development program and education programs for all ages, including the Scene 1 program for teens. He has developed many plays for the company, produced and directed in the New Group (Naked) second stage series, and directed the Drama Desk Award-nominated premiere of “The Accomplices.” Also as a director, he has mounted new work in New York at 59E59, Soho Playhouse, Stella Adler Studios, Abrons Art Center, HERE, and Theatre Row, where he premiered Linda Faigao-Hall’s play “Sparrow.”

Out of the Box Theatrics was founded in 2015 by Elizabeth Flemming with a mission to encourage artists and audiences to view theatre from a new angle (“outside the box”). La MaMa has a worldwide reputation for producing daring performance works that defy form and transcend barriers of ethnic and cultural identity. Founded in 1961 by award-winning theatre pioneer Ellen Stewart, La MaMa has presented more than 5,000 productions by 150,000 artists from more than 70 nations. A recipient of more than 30 Obie Awards and dozens of Drama Desk, Bessie, and Villager Awards, La MaMa was awarded the 2018 Regional Theatre Tony Award.

To purchase tickets, call 212-352-3101 or visit La MaMa website. — La MaMa Experimental Theatre

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