Concept and Lyrics by David Byrne
Music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim
Additional Music by Tom Gandey and J Pardo
Choreographed by Annie-B Parson
Directed by Alex Timbers
Jaygee Macapugay, Mark Bautista, Conrad Ricamora, Belinda Allyn, Renee Albulario, Melody Butiu, Debralee Daco, Jordan DeLeon, Michael Feldman, Jeigh Madjus, Jonelle Margallo, Shea Renne, Enrico Rodriguez, Geena Quintos, Trevor Salter, Janelle Valasquez, Tobias Christian Wong
Music Supervsor: Kimberly Grigsby
Music Director: Justin Levine
Scenic Design: David Korins
Costume Design: Clint Ramos
Lighting Design: Justin Townsend
Sound Design: M.L. Dogg, Cody Spencer
Projection Design: Peter Nigrini
First Performance April 7, 2017
Opening April 20, 2017
Final Performance May 28, extended through June 18, 2017
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Seattle Rep’s Bagley Wright Theatre transforms into a wild dance party, where techno beats spin and tell the story of the People Power Revolution that inspired the world and changed the Philippines forever.
Here Lies Love traces the non-violent restoration of democracy in the Philippines in 1986 and follows the meteoric rise and dramatic fall of the controversial First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos.
Two-time Tony-nominated director Alex Timbers helms David Byrne (Talking Heads) and Fatboy Slim’s one-of-a-kind “poperetta” about the Filipina “Steel Butterfly” and the power of the people.
Events associated with Here Lies Love
Here Lies Love Q&A with David Byrne
Thursday, April 20 from 4-5 p.m.
MoPOP SkyChurch 325 5th Ave N
David Byrne will discuss Here Lies Love as part of the 2017 Pop Conference at MoPOP, which this year centers around the intersection of music and politics. More information on registration and admission available at MoPop’s page.
Speak Up! Exploration of Youth Resistance: Past and Present
Monday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m.
UW Communications Building 120
4109 E Seasons Way NE; Padelford Parking Lot ($5)
At the University of Washington, this panel of Seattleites discuss the past and present resistance movements led by youth, in part reflecting on connections to Seattle Repertory Theatre’s production of Here Lies Love (including the Marcos regime and the People Power Revolution). Panelists to be announced.
Speak Up!: Exploration of the People Power Revolution
Tuesday, April 25 from 9-9:45 p.m.
With panelists Vicente L. Rafael: Professor of History and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Washington
Odette Polintan: eyewitness to the People Power Revolution; anti-Marcos and human rights activist
Kim Komenich: winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for coverage of the People Power Revolution; Assistant Professor for Photojournalism, San Francisco State University
Naty Lamug: eyewitness and participant of the religious sector during the People Power Revolution
Moderator: Cindy Domingo: Philippines and U.S. anti-Marcos and human rights activist; former member, Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP)
This panel of participants, activists, and historians will relay their firsthand accounts of how the Filipino people’s campaign of civil resistance led to the end of the Marcos regime and reinstatement of a democratic Philippines culminating in 1986.
Speak Up! Women of the Resistance
Sunday, April 30 from 3:30-4:15 p.m.
With panelists: Aretha Basu: Co-founder of Women of Color for Systemic Change; Black Lives Matter; ASUW officer, University of Washington Bothell
Cindy Domingo: Philippine and U.S. anti-Marcos and human rights activist; delegation leader and activist on Cuba; former member, Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP)
Palmira Figueroa: Organizer, Seattle Womxn’s March
Moderator: Maria Batayola: playwright; long-time community and human rights activist
Women played a central role in the struggle during the Marcos dictatorship. From the Manila Underground to the streets of Seattle, they asserted women’s empowerment and opposed the patriarchy. This panel will introduce local activists from the Filipino and Filipino American communities, as well as organizers from groups including Black Lives Matter and the Womxn’s March working with sects of the Women Resistance Movement.
Community Event: Welcome Reception for Members of the Here Lies Love cast at the Filipino Community Center
Monday, May 8 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Filipino Community Center, 5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118
Speak Up!: Narratives of the Anti-Marcos Movement
Tuesday, May 9 from 9-9:45 p.m.
With panelists Mila De Guzman: author of Women Against Marcos: Stories of Filipino and Filipino American Women Who Fought a Dictator; member of the Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. and SF-Bay Area Filipino American Human Rights Alliance
Michael Withey: human rights attorney; author of Summary Execution: The Political Assassinations of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes
Cindy Domingo: Philippine and U.S. human rights and anti-Marcos activist; co-editor of A Time to Rise: Collective Memoirs of the Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP)
Tom Churchill: author of Triumph over Marcos, Centralia Dead March, and plays produced on Whidbey Island
Moderator: Kristin Leahey, Seattle Repertory Theatre Literary Director
Join this lively discussion in which local authors share their publications and upcoming books on the anti-Marcos movement stateside and in the Philippines, with an emphasis on the work that happened in Seattle to counter the regime.
Speak Up! Members of the Cast of Here Lies Love at the Filipino Community Center
Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Filipino Community Center
5740 Martin Luther King Jr. Way South, Seattle
Members of the cast of Here Lies Love discuss their artistic work at the Filipino Community Center. RSVP to this free event here.
Speak Up! Celebrating the Seattle Filipino Community
Saturday, May 13 from 3:30-4:15 p.m.
SRT Poncho Auditorium
With panelists Third Andresen, PhD: Director, UW Philippines Study Abroad Program; Director, UW Northwest Hip Hop Archive/Collections; Faculty at Comparative History of Ideas and Honors Program
Dorothy Cordova: Executive Director, Filipino American National Historical Society
Manuel Cawaling: theatre director, performer, and arts administrator, lineage from the islands of Bohol and Panay
Katrina Pestaño: artist and organizer
Justin Huertas: composer, playwright, musician; commissioned Seattle Repertory Theatre writer
Aleksa Manila: Founder, Pride ASIA; Chief Entertainment Officer, AleksaManila.com
Moderator: Sheila Burrus: Executive Director, Filipino Community Center of Seattle
This forum will introduce audiences to luminaries of Seattle’s Filipino and Filipino American communities. This remarkable collection of artists, activists, and leaders will discuss their impact on the city, as they unpack Here Lies Love.
FYLPRO Post-Show Meet and Greet and Q&A
Saturday, June 3 following the evening performance
SRT lobby space
Reviews will be posted after Here Lies Love opens on April 20, 2017