Our 2015 Season

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Tug of War: a series of short plays on work, war and trauma

Written by Zaineb Abdulla, Giovanni Ortega, Lorely Trinidad-Ontal and Rohan Zhou-Lee. Directed by Aaron Mays

CIRCA Pintig is proud to celebrate Asian American Heritage Month and Filipino Independence Day in Chicago by presenting Tug of War, a quartet of short theatrical works on the Iraq War, work and immigration written by Asian Americans.

Tug of War will run on Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. from May 9 to June 14, located at the Moooh Dulce Studio, 2602 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60647. Get your tickets now!

The play begins with Wayne, written by CIRCA Pintig favorite Giovanni Ortega, about a Filipino-American soldier who speaks of raids and atrocities committed while serving abroad. The monologue is based on interview transcripts from a real war veteran.

Next, meet Raza, an actual Iraqi refugee. Written by Zaineb Abdulla, The Story of Raza follows her journey into the United States, fleeing the horrors of the conflict within Iraq. This work is based on her interview.

In Rohan Zhou-Lee’s The Soldier’s Home, CIRCA Pintig takes you into the home of Eric and Allegra.After surviving a roadside bomb and losing very close friends, the couple must redefine their relationship and rebuild their marriage.

And, back by popular demand, CIRCA Pintig remounts Caregiver. This monologue, written by Lorely Trinidad-Ontal, follows an anonymous Filipino caregiver who struggles not only to support herself, but also her family in the homeland and her client Mr. King.

This production, directed by Aaron Mays, marks the 24th season of Filipino Chicago theater. Cast members include Alice da Cunha, Brian Kung, Robert (Bobby) Manzano, Annamarie Tabo and Loreen Targos.

Show dates are:
May 9: 8 p.m.
May 10: 3 p.m.
May 16: 8 p.m.
May 17: 3 p.m.
May 30: 8 p.m.
May 31: 3 p.m.
June 6: 8 p.m.
June 7: 3 p.m.
June 13: 8 p.m. (Filipino Independence Day Celebratory Show)
June 14: 3 p.m.

Tickets are $15 at the door, $12 in advance, $10 for students, seniors and industry professionals and $10 for groups of 20+

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2015 Fall Production

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A retelling of actual experiences of immigrants – soldiers, refugees, domestic workers — who lived through regimes of political and military terror as they  navigate the complex interstices of American society.


The Story of Raza – an Iraqi refugee’s journey into the United States after fleeing the horrors of the conflict within Iraq.Written by Zaineb Abdulla.Directed by Aaron Mays.

Wayne – a Filipino-American soldier who speaks of raids and atrocities committed while serving abroad. Written by Giovanni Ortega.Directed by Aaron Mays.

Picketlayne (Cantata) — the story ofBiyang, a caregiver, and her journey from her hometown in South Cotabato, Philippines to Chicago narrated through songs. Written by Joi Barrios.Directed by Allan Sargan.Musical arrangement by Baron Cabalona.

Previews: Sat (10/24), 8pm & Sun (10/25), 3pm

Regular shows: 3pm on Sun (11/1), Sat (11/7), Sun (11/8)

Tickets: $10 ($5 for students/seniors) — Previews

$20 ($10 for students/seniors) — Regular shows

FREE — Arts Donors &Community Sponsors

For ticket reservation, call 773-480-4824.


I.                    Art Exhibit

Featured Artists : Jose Aggari, Justin Suico& Raven Guerrero

Exhibit Hours: Oct 23 – Nov 15

                           Saturdays 7-10pm / Sundays 3-8pm

II.                  Mercy Strained

In the award-winning play Mercy Strained (also called Mercy Killers), Joe, a blue collar mechanic with a sick wife, recounts his emotional journey through the American health care system.

Shows onFriday (10/23)& Saturday (11/14), 8pm

URL for the play’s/author’s  website: http://mercykillerstheplay.com/
URL for this performance: http://ilsinglepayer.org/event/mercy-strained-play-logan-square
Contact Anne Scheetz, [email protected], 773-486-6276

Free admission, donations welcome. Food available for purchase before the performance from 6:30-7:45pm. Discussion with the author and single payer activists follow the show.

  • Jinksy’s Happy Hour

Comedy improv using audience stories on what life might have been if things went just a bit different.

Show is at 7:30pm on Sat (11/7). Admission is $10. RSVP strongly recommended. Contact Chris at 630-750-6090.


2602 W Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60647