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Theatre: House / Boy

Theatre: House / Boy: By Nicky Paraiso
NEW YORK  •  La MaMa E.T.C.  •  Ongoing
House/Boy is Paraiso's third autobiographical evening-length solo work with music and mutimedia, dealing with identity, sexuality and the enduring theme of what "home" means to Filipino Americans. Ralph B. Peña, Artistic Director of Ma-Yi Theater Company directs.

In 1994, in Notes on a Stonewall Summer (American Theater), critic Charles McNulty wrote that "Asian Boys" demonstrated "that musical talent and daring honesty can often be as liberating as the most flamboyant cross-dressing." Musing on the aesthetics of minority theater, he added, "Paraiso demonstrates that there is nothing implicitly undramatic about the marginalized self. For the artist with vision, there's no need to travel far and wide to find a subject bristling with conflict, ambiguity and theatrical life."

The predecessors of House/Boy were Asian Boys (P.S. 122, 1994, co-produced by Ma-Yi Theatre Ensemble) and Houses and Jewels (1994, DTW). Both were stories of growing up gay and Filipiono in the borough of Queens, where Filipino Americans, like many other Asians, tend to see themselves as strangers in a strange land. Houses and Jewels was about his mother's house in the Philippines, where she grew up with her five sisters. (He now calls it "a Filipino version of 'The House of Bernarda Alba.'") Now the focus shifts to his father and to that peculiarly Filipino male prototype, the houseboy. Partly, it is dedicated to his father, who died in the family house in Queens in 1987. It contains some unfinished business, because Nicky never did sing for his father while the elder was alive.

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