Tonight was the first table read for WELGA, a new play by Filipino-American and Bay Area playwright Conrad Panganiban. Bindlestiff Studio will present the world premiere in October for Filipino-American History Month (Oct 6 - Oct 21 Thur, Fri, Sat).
High school senior, Johnny Montalban, is a part of the exuberant world of street musicians in San Francisco. As Johnny sets a plan in motion to drop out of school to pursue a music career, his mother, Carmelita, only has dreams of him graduating and keeping a roof over their heads in their ever-changing SOMA neighborhood. When faced with losing their home due to rent increases and decreased wages from scheming boss, a history assignment based on the true story about how a group of Filipino Americans began the biggest agricultural labor strike in the United States inspires him to fight for the wages owed his mother and the apartment they call home. Through the help of a caring teacher, his love of music, and the strength found in the Filipino American Community, Johnny finds the strength to not only take action in saving his mom’s job, but he also finds the fire to not be another statistical drop-out.