DGF Fellow Paulo K. Tiról is presenting a virtual reading of a 55-minute excerpt of his new Filipino-American musical CALLED at 9:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, October 29 /9:00 a.m. on Friday, October 30 (Manila time) via a YouTube Premiere. CALLED features book, music and lyrics by Paulo K. Tiról. May Adrales directs with music direction by Alex Ratner.
The cast features Kristian Espiritu, Michael Winther, Lulu Picart, Joaquin Pedro Valdes, Orville Mendoza and Emily Borromeo.
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Inspired by the Philippines’ being the call center capital of the world, CALLED tells the story of Carmela, an ambitious, overachieving call center agent in Manila, who is five days away from achieving her long-time dream of being transferred to the United States — that is, if she can deal with her obnoxious fellow agents, the reappearance of an old flame, and an elderly widower calling from North Dakota who asks to be her friend. Through this frame, CALLED explores the American dream, post-colonial thought, and the transactional nature of relationships in today’s world.
“Since October 2019, I’ve had the privilege of developing CALLED as one of eleven Fellows in the 2019-20 class of the Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellows program,” shared Tiról. “And over the last two months, to culminate my year as a DGF Fellow, I’ve had the honor of working with director May Adrales, and an incredible cast and creative team, to produce this virtual reading of a 55-minute excerpt of the show.
CALLED continues to be a work in progress, but I’d love to share this milestone in the show’s development with you all. And with this virtual format, I’m excited that I get to share it with family and friends on the East coast, in Manila, and everywhere in between.”
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