“The Fire in Me” is a theatrical exploration of domestic violence in San Diego’s Filipino community. In partnership with Asian Story Theater and Access Inc., playwright Thelma Virata de Castro interviewed diverse community members and wrote the play “The Fire in Me” based on these interviews. The interviewees include survivors, immigrants, family members, community leaders and experts working in the field. Performed by professional actors, the play and following panel invite discussion about the topic of domestic violence in the context of culture, immigration status and gender roles.
Synopsis: Lark, a Filipino American college student, lands an internship at a legal clinic for immigrant survivors of domestic violence. When her work triggers recognition of trauma in her own past, she retreats into the world of the Filipino soap opera The Fire in Me. Her family, friends, and the helpers around her fight to get her back.
The performances were free and open to the public. Due to mature content, recommended for ages 18 and up.
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- “San Diego Foundation announces Creative Catalyst artists for 2018”–The San Diego Union-Tribune, May 8, 2018
- “Creative Catalyst Spotlight: Thelma Virata de Castro”–The San Diego Foundation Blog, May 25, 2018.
- “This girl is on FIRE” by Ian Morton--Gay San Diego, August 31, 2018.
- “Creating and telling stories with the community, not just for them” by Lisa Deaderick–The San Diego Union-Tribune, December 8, 2018
- “10 Questions with Playwright Thelma Virata de Castro”–Statera Blog
- “The Fire in Me: A Story About Us” by Marjon Saulon–Asian Journal, February 15, 2019
- “Play Explores Domestic Violence in San Diego’s Fil-Am Community” by Walter Ang–Inquirer.net, February 21, 2019
- “Taboo Topic of Domestic Violence to be Center Stage at San Diego Library Performance” by Tarryn Mento–KPBS, March 5, 2019
- Talkin’ Theatre with Todd: Asian American Theatre on the Rise–January 24, 7:00 – 7:45 pm, San Diego Repertory Theatre
- Free playwriting workshop February 2, 3:00 – 4:30 pm, Skyline Hills Library
- Free playwriting workshop, February 9, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Scripps Miramar Ranch Library
- Centering the Margins: Conversations with Writers of Color, “GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN” panel, March 2, 9:25 – 11:15 am, Cross Cultural Center at UC San Diego
Lt. Al Ambito, Officer Nabizadeh, Officer Estepa, Officer Sainsanoy, PSO Borish Wong, and the San Diego Police Department Multi-Cultural Community Relations Office
Detective Sergeant Rick Castro and the San Diego Police Department Domestic Violence Unit
Councilmember Chris Cate
Lucas Cruz, Field Representative for Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez
Audie de Castro and de Castro PC
Mayumi V. de Castro
Joy Ella DeGuzman, Anne Bautista, Michelle Ella-Blacke and Silayan Filipina
Azalea Ebbay, Marc Cherry, Jennifer Cervantes and the staff of Central Library
Kristen Faith and Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence
Food 4 Less
Jill Hall, The San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst Program Chair
Jadielis and the SDSU Women’s Resource Center
Trevor Jones and the staff of Scripps Miramar Ranch Library
Cecelia Kouma and Playwrights Project
Yvette Lopez-Cooper and the San Diego Family Justice Center
Kirin Amiling Macapugay and Asian Pacific Islander Community Actions (APICA)
Mesa College Dramatic Arts Department
The Nathanson Family
New Village Arts
Wesley Palau and SDSU The Pride Center
Dr. Judy Patacsil
Glenn Risolo, Dominic Marostica, and the staff of Skyline Hills Library
Soroya Rowley and USD volunteers
SDSU Theatre Department
The San Diego Foundation
Summer Stephan, Jerrilyn Malana and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office