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2017 Represent! A Multicultural Playwrights Festival

October 21 – 25, 2017 at 7:30pm
Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theatre at the University of WA
Featuring new script readings by SIS Productions, The Hansberry Project, eSe Teatro and Pratidhwani plus a Local Playwrights Showcase!

Tickets are $9 online, $10 at the door or only $25 for an all-fest pass! *SIS can offer free tickets to anyone who needs one for the SIS featured projects courtesy of a grant from ArtsWA. Please see instructions at the bottom of the page to access.

Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 7:30pm

An evening of short selections from 5 diverse female playwrights including:

Best Friends Forever

Written & Directed by Maria Batayola
Featuring Roxie Torres & Laurie Torres
Two Philippine childhood friends are unexpectedly torn apart and re-united in the US.  A tale of global diaspora and human trafficking.

My Samuari

Written by Celeste Mari Williams
Directed by Shana Bestock
Featuring Michael Cercado, Sunam Ellis, Mariko Kita, Daniel Wood & Owen Yen
Trying to meet the right romantic partner is challenging enough when Wanda’s Samurai ancestor infiltrates her dating life and helps her unleash the warrior within. Wanda must learn what truly makes her powerful in this fantastical world of dreams, battles, Bushido, and wine bars.

SIS Productions presents a reading on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 
Echoes of Empire

Written by Mari E. Palma
Directed by Kathy Hsieh
Featuring Erwin Galan, Heather Gonio, Aishe Keita, Rachel Pate, Rachel Rene, Jesse Smith & Zenaida Smith
Kleopatra, Pharoah of Egypt, wants to settle a personal score with Octavia, Empress of Rome. But when a nation of people looks up to you, the personal will have political consequences. What is the cost of ambition, and what is the cost for a woman in a man’s world? History tells one story, HER-story another; both women will discover it for themselves.


For Echoes of Empire on Wed, 10/25, you may receive a free ticket by:
Emailing sis@sis-productions.org with VARINIA in the subject line by Tuesday, 10/24.
In the email, let us know:

Your name (first & last):
# of tickets you would like:

We will then have your name on our comp list at the door when you attend.


Maria Batayola is a long time activist, actress, director, playwright and co-founder of TEA (Theatrical Ensemble of Asian) the forerunner of Northwest Asian American Theatre in Seattle.  A mid-1970’s UW Political Science and Theatre Arts graduate, her work is steeped in telling Asian Pacific Islander stories with identity, global, socio-economic, and political under pinnings.  For the past ten years, she co-lead Pinoy Words Expressed Kultura Arts and is launching Pinoy Brown Box, a creative community collaboration of local Puget Sound Filipino American Artists.  Their first event is on November 11, a free art market “Palenke” from 3 to 7 pm, then a ticketed “What’s a Pinoy?” showcase curated by Nancy Calos Nakano from 7 to 8:30 with a reception following.  Pinoy Brown Box is a partnership with Massive Monkees and located at The Studio, 664 South King in Chinatown International District (CID) Seattle.  For more information, contact mbjumpstart@msn.com
Mara E. Palma (she/her) is a first-generation Filipina-American playwright and performer. Her artistic mission statement is to inspire young women of color, especially those of Asian descent, and immigrants to go from content consumers to content creators through writing. Mara found power and agency in taking control of her personal narrative through developing a solo performance piece about her family’s immigration story through the INTIMAN Emerging Artist Program in Seattle, WA under the leadership of Sara Porkalob and Dedra Woods.  She was chosen as a Company One Theatre PlayLab Unit Playwright in 2016 in Boston, MA under the direction of Ilana Brownstein. Meaningful writing credits include involvement in Boston’s 1-Minute Play Festival: NASTY WOMEN STRIKE BACK, and in the writing team for LIMINUS, an pervasive performance that used mobile technology to lead audiences on adventure around Boston.
Celeste Mari Williams is a Seattle playwright who infuses her quirky sense of humor into much of her writing.  She is an associate playwright with Parley who has produced workshop readings of her full-length plays, Amelia’s Wall and A Fine Line as well as her short piece, Sex and the Apocalypse.  As a member of the SIS Writers Group she has written pieces for “Revealed – Celebrating Women,” “Insatiable!” and LAAFF Fest.