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WARRIOR - The Musical Reading

$2,550 of $9,999 goal

Raised by 11 people in 5 months
We figure the way to reach the heart of an eviction story is not to make you cry but to make you sing out with outrage and love in your heart. 
     Our musical story is deeply inspired by the 9-year struggle (from 1968 to 1977) against eviction waged by 150 old-timers who lived in the International Hotel, the last  vestige of what had once been a vibrant community in San Francisco's Manilatown.
     Like the people of San Francisco, our cast and our music comes from all over the world.  The music itself, reaches back to the gongs and flutes of the people from the World Heritage Rice Terraces of Banaue.  The music crosses both culture and time and takes us to the world of ancient Irish music, also gongs and flutes.  Our lead singer, a Filipino American, sings with the L.A. Opera.  His voice combines with the sweet lyrical songs of Ian, a would-be Bard in Hannigans Irish pub which happens to be located in the basement of the hotel.  The Filipino, who has lived in the hotel for over 50 years, hears the music from his single room upstairs and is reminded of his own home in the Philippines.  The two men meet when they receive their eviction notices, find they have a lot in common (music, dance, story-telling, even thatching) and become friends.  Quickly they decide they have one last fight left in them.  This is it.  They will not leave. 
     All of our music is original, written by a jazz musician who has written music for 22 films.  Our lead female singer is Filipino American, known to some as the Queen of Jazzipino.  The specialty of each singer works beautifully as an ensemble.  It could break you heart!
     We will be selling tickets for $15 for our three performances February 24th and 25th, and part of the proceeds will be going to the Philippine Heritage Collection, Echo Park Public Library, L.A. 
     The rest of the money will be used to pay for a venue, lighting, sound, and minimal compensation for the seven actors/singers and the five musicians (Filipino and Irish and "other") who have already given me their time and talent to create WARRIOR.  We are doing all this because we are creative people and this is what we have to offer our community and the people of the nation whose awareness of eviction and homelessness  is minimal and distant. 
     We are performing in a neighborhood that is undergoing gentrification where eviction notices are served daily to people who have lived in their homes there for decades.  The venue is called the Sanctuary in the Pico-Union Project where three different religions worship.
     We will need the money at least a couple of weeks before the first performance on February 24, 2018 to secure the venue (we have made a deposit to hold it) and the equipment that we need to rent and try out . Most of our performers have been turning down other "gigs" to write and sing and practice together, and what I'm offering them is completely inadequate, especially for their immense talent. They, too, need to be compensated.
     This is an act of love, and anyone who hears us, even just practicing, is touched by what we're doing.  I wrote the lyrics for all of the songs (28 of them) and some of them are fun.  As we are all artists, I'd say the #1 song we competely understand comes from the Irishman who tells us: "If it doesn't pay well, I can do it."
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Help us renew awareness to those who have become indifferent and accepting of the evictions and then the homelessness that follows. There are more homeless people today (per capita) than there has been since the Great Depression.
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It looks like we'll have a big crowd and we will have almost enough in ticket sales to pay about 1/3 of our costs (actors, singers, cast and crew). This struggle against eviction is more relevant now in 2018 than it was 50 years when the event that inspired us to write WARRIOR took place and 150 old-timers were given 30 days to get their belongings together and leave. Help us tell this story for today's audience, especially the young people, many of whom have become desensitized to the hardship of being evicted and living on the street.
Evicted. 30 day-notice: 50 years there
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TICKETS at the door $15.00
Show your college ID and you're in FREE!
due to:
the generosity of Barbara Goodof and David Kline, Grace McCabe, Anthony Patchett, Greg Villanueva,
MG Slaven, BJ Golik, Sharon Doyle, and Elinor Walker
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$200
Bob Baldonado
3 months ago
SB
$100
SteveandLisa Burington
3 months ago
MM
$100
Marisa Marchand
3 months ago
GF
$1,000
Gregory Villanueva F.A.I.A.
3 months ago
BW
$400
Bettye wages
4 months ago
$50
Carol Ojeda-Kimbrough
5 months ago
$50
Joy Villavicencio-Roque
5 months ago
BG
$100
Bette Golik
5 months ago
SD
$200
Sharon Doyle
5 months ago
MS
$300
Mary-Gene Slaven
5 months ago
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