“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 performance is 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”--Gay San Diego, August 31, 2018.
- “Creating and telling stories with the community, not just for them”–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
- 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