The Love Edition: Falling Hard

Short plays featuring Love, Heartache, and the Weirdness between 

Presented by Bindlestiff Studio - The nation’s only theater space dedicated to the Pilipino and Pilipino American performing arts

Exploring the emotional twists and turns of love and relationships, The Love Edition: Falling Hard is a short play festival that captures the complex nuances of love stories. Through comedy, drama, and mixed media, The Love Edition illustrates a theatrical world that delves deep into the human experience and spectacle of romantic love.

Directors: Joe Cascasan, Jud Ferrer, Lauren Garcia, Lorenz Gonzales, Lindsay Ordesta, Ely Orquiza, Aura San Miguel

Writers: Benita Benavides, Marissa Martinez, Abigail Pañares, Conrad A. Panganiban, Chris 'Burd' Quines, Pacita Rudder, George Smart

Actors: Marissa Ampon, Akiko Aspillaga, Giancarlo Cariola, Nic Feliciano, Edu Ibazeta, Kina Kantor, Michael Loria, Rosa Ma, Nikki Nutterfield, Niño Palay, Jan Carlo Patena, Jonah Pavon, Leigh Rondon Davis, Patrick Silvestre, Oliver Wijayapala, Joyce Yin

Dates: February 14 - March 2, 2019. 
Thurs-Sat, 8pm
Matinee on Saturday, February 23 at 3pm 

February 14: Pay-what-you-can Community Preview Show @ 8pm.

The opening weekend reception will be on Saturday, February 16 immediately following performance. 

Bindlestiff Studio
185 Sixth St.
San Francisco, CA 94103


SF Grants for the Arts
San Francisco Arts Commission
Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development SoMa Community Stabilization Fund

Reconstructed: The Art of Rea Lynn de Guzman

With The Love Edition: Falling Hard, Reconstructed: The Art of Rea Lynn de Guzman, is also being shown in the Bindlestiff Studio Gallery Space.

Show dates are February 14-March 9. Opening Reception is February 16 from 6-8pm. Gallery Hours are Thu-Sat 7-10pm

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"I have moved repeatedly within my native and adoptive country since childhood. These migrations created not only geographic shifts, but also an intricate familial and personal disconnect interposed with cultural fusion and

perplexity. As a result, my work explores psychological and socio-political themes surrounding liminal identity, cultural assimilation, and the Filipino/a diaspora, tempered by my experience as a Filipina immigrant living in the United States. In this vein, I examine oxymoronic concepts of assimilation and repudiation, reductive and additive, permanence and temporality, and the complicit relationship between colonizer and colonized.

My current work navigates through the colonial history of the piña fiber in the Philippines and its relationship with the idea of Maria Clara — the Maria Clara-esque ideals of beauty and status, accompanied by stereotypes of chastity, demureness, light skin, passivity, and subordination. Popular Philippine concepts regarding beauty and status center on the normalization of skin-whitening products and championing of imported goods. My work presents and challenges the unbalanced power structure resulting from the inferiorization of native ideals by the colonizer, and its lasting impression of colonial mentality. Through the process of repetitive layering and a palette evoking skin tones, I utilize the tactility of specific materials such as image transfers on piña fiber and synthetic organza to extract and repudiate these imposed ideals and stereotypes — material remnants intertwined with cultural legacies."

Photo by Lizzy Brooks

Photo by Lizzy Brooks


Rea Lynn de Guzman is an interdisciplinary artist working in painting, print media, and sculpture. Born in Manila, Philippines, she immigrated to the United States at age 14. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has exhibited work in the US, and internationally in Australia, India, and the Philippines. She was Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture Visual Arts Featured Artist in 2017. She has been featured in the Asian Journal Magazine, Hella Pinay, KQED Arts, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications. She also appeared on a television interview segment with NBC Bay Area’s Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa in 2017, and recorded a podcast artist interview with Making Ways in 2018.

She teaches art at the City College of San Francisco Fort Mason, San Francisco Center for the Book, and Root Division, where she served as the organization’s first Filipina Teaching Fellow in 2017. She lives and works in

San Francisco.

Find more of her work at

Melanie Rose Elvena