But I think there's a genuine joy, too, a sense that no matter what, even if my stomach's growling, I'm going to dance. That's what I want to leave people with at the end of the play. After all this, people still know how to live.
Life is not simple, and people can't be boxed into being either heroes or villains.
There are certain regions in the country where the indigenous people eat dogs.
I think for a lot of so-called post-colonial peoples, there's a feeling of not being quite legitimate, of not being pure enough.
Hybridity keeps me from being rigid about most things. It has taught me to appreciate the contradictions in the world and in my life. I scavenge from the best.
Everything matters. Time is precious.
There were also horror shows on the radio. Very terrifying and thrilling to me as a kid. They had all these creepy sound effects. They would come on at ten o'clock at night, and I just would scare myself to death.
I'm an underdog person, so I align myself with those who seem to be not considered valuable in polite society.
I love writing dialogue, and I think a lot of my writing is visual and very cinematic.
Growing up in the Philippines, I loved all kinds of movies. We had a very healthy film industry there when I was a child. It's now gotten very limited. They only make action movies and hard-core exploitation movies. Women get raped; men get shot.
We didn't have television until I was about eight years old, so it was either the movies or radio. A lot of radio drama. That was our television, you know. We had to use our imagination. So it was really those two things, and the comics, that I immersed myself in as a child.
I don't believe in sampling some Tibetan music just to make it sound groovy, but you do your homework, you understand what you're doing with it.
I'm preparing for a multimedia theater piece, Airport Music, that's coming up in New York City.
Music is very influential to my writing, as are theater and film.
My identity is linked to my grandmother, who's pure Filipino, as pure as you can probably get. And that shaped my imagination. So that's how I identify.