June 28–August 2, 2013
by Resident Playwright Danny Bernardo
Directed by Erica Weiss
1225 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
Mahal is a new play about how one Filipino American family redefines itself after loss and reclaims their culture. One of the first plays about a Filipino American family, Mahal centers on the Reyes family dealing with the loss of their matriarch. As new relationships blossom and family bonds are tested, a long forgotten secret from the homeland threatens to tear the family apart. Dealing with themes of cultural identity, assimilation, homophobia, interracial and inter-generational relationships, Mahal examines what it truly means to be an American family.
“At its core, Mahal is a family story that all audiences will be able to relate to, laugh at and be touched by,” comments Bailiwick Chicago Artistic Director Lili-Anne Brown. “We all appreciate the quirks and treasures of ‘family,’ and Resident Playwright Danny Bernardo understands the need for powerful dialogue with a refreshing flair for creating the dramatic, comedic and poignant moments that surround the family dynamic. We are truly excited to be presenting an insightful new work by a Filipino American artist that features true-heritage casting. Audiences will leave feeling like they know a little bit more about a culture that’s not represented on stage very often, and to us that is one of the most powerful aspects of this piece,” adds Brown.
Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago
Previews: Wednesday, June 26 at 8 pm and Thursday, June 27 at 8 pm
Press performance: Friday, June 28 at 8 pm
Regular run: Monday, July 1 – Friday, August 2, 2013
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm; Sundays at 2 pm
Note: There will be Special Industry Night performances on Monday, July 1 at 7 pm and Monday, July 15 at 7:30 pm and an added Saturday matinee on Saturday, July 27 at 3 pm
Regular run: $35 ($30 groups of 10 or more)
Tickets are available at www.stage773.com, in person at the Stage 773 Box Office or by calling 773-327-5252