KULTURA 2012 Theatre Program: Novice Playwright & So You Think You Can Write... A Play?! Readings

Kultura 2012 Theatre Program: Play readings

Friday, August 24, 7-9 p.m.

Novice Playwright Reading in community partnership with Carlos Bulosan Theatre. Novice playwrights read works developed over the last year. This program is directed by Dora Awardee Nina Lee Aquino.

Saturday August 25, 1-3 p.m.

So You Think You Can… Write A Play?! Reading in community partnership with Toronto Public Library and Carlos Bulosan Theatre. Budding storytellers read their works over 3 weeks in playwriting workshops facilitated by Nina Lee Aquino.

All readings take place at KAPISANAN, 167 Augusta Ave.


Friday, August 24, 7-9 p.m.

THE NOVICE PLAY CREATION UNIT, a Carlos Bulosan Theatre program directed by Nina Lee Aquino, is also a dramaturge-facilitated group. It is especially geared for those interested in the basics and vocabulary of playwriting. It acts as an introduction to the world of theatre. This year’s group currently has visual artists, musicians, spoken word poets and actors (who have never written for theatre). This reading will be the novice playwrights’ first public reading of their works created in the last year.



Forbidden love and wanting what we can never have. This play dares to ask the tough questions: Why do we want what isn't good for us? Why do we risk hurt, not just for ourselves but all involved? And ulitmately, what are we willing to lose for love?

Christian Feliciano is a Toronto born actor, singer, and fight director. With numerous credits in both film and television under his belt, this is his first crack at the scary realm of playwriting. He enjoyed he process due to the wonderful guidance of Nina and hopes you follow him on his journey through the world of his play.


It's Manila in the mid-90's. Kalena wants out. Lynn-Lynn wants in. They are both 17.

Christine Mangosing is the founder & creative director of CMANGO Design visual communications studio, art director of national music publication Exclaim! Magazine, and a founding member of Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture. As a playwright & performer, Christine has co-written and performed two critically-acclaimed productions, "People Power" (CBT Collective) and "Baggage" (Pulang Maleta Collective). She is currently writing her second play with the Carlos Bulosan Theatre (CBT) Collective, "In the Shadow of Elephants."


Brought to us from the anito of earth, the Malunggay Tree serves as our guide to learn from our lolas, lolos, tatays, nanays, siblings, children, and friends. As intricate as the legend of how this simple tree came to be, this play shows the beauty and complexity of our Filipino relationships from one generation to the next.

Mykelle Pacquing is a Toronto-based artist with Tagalog and Ilocano roots. He will be entering the Canadian and Indigenous Studies graduate program at Trent University at Peterborough, Ontario in September. This will be Mykelle's first foray into playwriting.


A young man in high school has yet to experience sex. Well, yet to experience sex with another person. But that's okay right?

Manuel Luis Veneracion used to write silly notes to girls in their high school agendas. Now he’s the head bartender at the newly opened restaurant, Lamesa Filipino Kitchen. This is his first attempt at writing a play. Don't tell his Lola what you heard here.

Saturday August 25, 1-3 p.m.

So You Think You Can… Write A Play?! Reading in community partnership with Toronto Public Library and Carlos Bulosan Theatre. Budding storytellers read their works over 3 weeks in playwriting workshops facilitated by Nina Lee Aquino.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN...WRITE A PLAY?! is a beginner playwriting workshop series especially created for Kapisanan’s youth target (14-24 years old) presented in community partnership with Carlos Bulosan Theatre. Also mounted in partnership with Toronto Public Library, this 3-workshop series, gives budding young writers an opportunity to learn from a theatre professional and get a taste of reading what they write to a public audience. “So You Think You Can…Write A Play?!” is also facilitated by Nina Lee Aquino.



Nina Lee Aquino is the Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre Company and an Artistic Associate of the Factory Theatre.

She is also the editor of Canada’s first Asian- Canadian 2-volume drama anthology titled love & relasianships (Playwrights Canada Press, Spring 2009) and the co-editor of New Essays on Canadian Theatre Volume One: Asian Canadian Theatre (Playwrights Canada Press, Spring 2011). Nina co-wrote Miss Orient(ed) and her monologues have been published in Beyond the Pale (Yvette Nolan, ed.) and She Speaks (Judith Thompson, ed.).

Other credits include awards for directing include the Ken McDougall Award 2004, the Canada Council John Hirsch Prize 2008, a Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding direction (paper SERIES, Cahoots Theatre Company 2011) and Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations (Singkil, fu-GEN Theatre Company 2007; People Power, Carlos Bulosan Theatre 2008, lady in the red dress, fu-GEN Theatre Company 2009, The Making of St. Jerome, eastBOUNDtheatre, 2010).


The Carlos Bulosan Theatre (CBT) aims to produce theatre that reflects on social and political issues affecting the Filipino and broader community. CBT is also committed to creating innovative work that reflects a vibrant, new generation of Filipino-Canadian artists. CBT seeks to encourage and develop Filipino- Canadian writers, performers, and other artists within the community.

CBT’s ongoing activities consist of new play creation and development, play production, professional training and development workshops (including CBT’s Play Creation Unit), as well as an annual showcase of Filipino- Canadian artists, Tales from the Flipside. CBT is a community partner with the Kapisanan Philippine Centre and co-presents a number of community including the theatre program for their annual KULTURA Filipino Arts Festival

CBT is a charitable, non-for-profit organization and is a member of the Canada Council for the Arts Stand Firm organizations, and Toronto Theatre Alliance.