Q&A with David Byrne Among Public Programs for Seattle Rep's HERE LIES LOVE
With great excitement, Seattle Repertory Theatre is set to celebrate the opening of the most anticipated show of the season this week, Here Lies Love, the work of culture and music icons David Byrne (Talking Heads) and Fatboy Slim.
Here Lies Love tells the story of the infamous Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos' meteoric rise and fall from power, and the peaceful restoration of democracy by the People Power Revolution in the Philipines circa 1986.
Directed by two-time Tony-nominated director Alex Timbers, Here Lies Love is a revolutionary musical experience is an immersive, 360-degree spectacle unlike anything you've ever seen before.
Seattle Rep will produce a series of public programs in association with its production of Here Lies Love. Please find a comprehensive list of those programs below.
POST-SHOW SPEAK-UPS (free for show ticket holders):
Tuesday, April 25
Exploration of the People Power Revolution
9-9:45 p.m. | SRT Rotunda
This panel of participants, activists, and historians will relay their firsthand accounts of how the Filipino people's campaign of civil resistance, culminating in 1986, led to the end of the Marcos regime and the reinstatement of a democratic Philippines.
Moderator: Cindy Domingo: Philippines and U.S. anti-Marcos and human rights activist; former member, Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP)
Sunday, April 30
Women of the Resistance
3:30-4:15 p.m. | SRT Rotunda
Women played a pivotal role in the struggle during the Marcos dictatorship. From the Manila Underground to the streets of Seattle, they asserted women's empowerment and opposed the patriarchy. This panel will introduce local activists from the Filipino and Filipino American communities, as well as organizers from groups including Black Lives Matter and the Seattle Womxn's March working with sects of the Women's Resistance Movement.
Moderator: Maria Batayola: Playwright; long-time community and human rights activist
Tuesday, May 9
Narratives of the Anti-Marcos Movement
9-9:45 p.m. | SRT Rotunda
Join this lively discussion in which local authors will share about their various publications and upcoming books on the anti-Marcos movement stateside and in the Philippines, with an emphasis on the work that happened in Seattle to counter the regime.
Moderator: Kristin Leahey: Seattle Repertory Theatre Literary Director
Saturday, May 13
Celebrating the Seattle Filipino Community
3:30-4:15 p.m. | SRT Poncho Forum
This forum will introduce audiences to luminaries of Seattle's Filipino and Filipino American communities. This remarkable collection of artists, activists, and leaders will discuss their impact on the city as they unpack Here Lies Love.
Moderator: Sheila Burrus: Executive Director, Filipino Community Center of Seattle
COMMUNITY EVENTS (open to the public):
Thursday, April 20
Here Lies Love Q&A with David Byrne
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)
325 5th Ave. N., Sky Church | $20 general/$25 day-of
As part of the 2017 Pop Conference Sign O' the Time: Music and Politics, MoPOP welcomes the legendary David Byrne to discuss Here Lies Love. (Space is limited and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register online at MoPOP.org/popconference.)
Monday, April 24
University of Washington: Exploration of Youth Resistance in Seattle: Past and Present
7:30-8:30 p.m. | UW Communications Building 120
4109 E. Stevens Way N.E., Padelford Parking Lot ($5)
At UW, this panel of Seattleites discuss past and present resistance movements led by youth, in part reflecting on connections to Seattle Rep's production of Here Lies Love (including the Marcos regime and the People Power Revolution).
Monday, May 8
Welcome Reception for Here Lies Love performers
6-7:30 p.m. | Filipino Community Center
5740 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S., Seattle
Come welcome members of the cast of Here Lies Love! RSVP at Eventbrite.com.
Saturday, May 13
Panel Conversation with Members of the Here Lies Love Cast
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Filipino Community Center
5740 Martin Luther King Jr. Way South, Seattle
Members of the cast of Here Lies Love discuss their artistic work. RSVP at Eventbrite.com.
Saturday, June 3
Seattle's Philippine Soirée hosted by 3-time Tony and Grammy Award-winner Jhett Tolentino, with FYLPRO
5:30-11 p.m. | Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St.
This special performance features a Sari-Sari market of Filipino-made products, a Salo-Salo featuring Filipino food, and a post-show Q&A with the lead cast and producer. Learn more at www.fylpro.org/SeattlesPHsoiree.
Seattle Rep was founded in 1963 and is currently led by Artistic Director Braden Abraham and Managing Director Jeffrey Herrmann. One of America's premier non-profit resident theatres, Seattle Repertory Theatre has achieved international renown for its consistently high production and artistic standards, and was awarded the 1990 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. With an emphasis on entertaining plays of true dramatic and literary worth, Seattle Rep produces a season of plays along with educational programs, new play workshops, and special presentations.
Photo Credit: Navid Baraty