Fresh Off the Page - Caryl Loria Illana
22 September

Fresh Off The Page



Tonight Proudly Asian Theatre presents a live script- reading of Soul Sister written by Caryl Loria Illana .

Fresh Off the Page is contemporary Asian plays hot off the press, performed in a series of free play readings by local artists with an aim to highlight the diversity in our communities, with a focus on Asian representation in all aspects of a work.

About Soul Sister

*Soul Sister contains references to suicide, mental illness, grief, queerphobia, and transphobia. Age recommendation: 13+. Audience members are encouraged to come and go as they need to with their comfort level.

Arlene's tired of dealing with flatmates, so when she discovers her new flat is haunted by the ghost of a previous tenant, Maricel, of course she agrees to help Maricel move on. However, Maricel has more unfinished business with the living than she's willing to admit to someone she only just began to afterlive with. Only after the two bond over sharing their different Filipino cultures and Arlene's attempts to finish things Maricel started does Maricel let Arlene in on her worries about the loved ones she left behind. Arlene must help a stranger and a new friend heal from their grief over her undead flatmate.

Soul Sister is a story of grief, friendship, and healing.

About the Writer

Caryl Loria Illana (she/her) is a queer Filipina theatre practitioner from Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington. Usually a performer, she is emerging into writing after writing monologues and helping structure shows in devised theatre. She has recently made her directing debut with the Auckland season of Illegally Blind, originally supported as part of BATS Co-Pro 2021 and presented in July 2022 by Touch Compass at Basement Theatre. Caryl has also performed in musicals and plays onstage at Walt Disney World, at the TSB Bank Festival of Lights in New Plymouth, and in her home of Wellington. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Film, and Second Language Education from Victoria University of Wellington and has attended the Christchurch International Musical Theatre Summer School and the New Zealand Singing School.

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