Middleton Heights (Working Title)
September 30 - October 23, 2022
By Hortense Gerardo, World Premiere commissioned by The Umbrella
Directed by Michelle Aguillon
Presented on the Black Box Stage
The Umbrella Stage Company is thrilled to commission its first full-length play, created by local playwright Hortense Gerardo.
Middleton Heights (working title) is a dark comedy that follows Meena and her Filipino family as they assimilate to life in a fictional Midwestern suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. The play traces historical events from 1967 to 2014 and the pursuit of the American Dream, refracted through the intersectional lens of the Asian American Pacific Islander immigrant experience.
This production is directed by Michelle Aguillon, who has helmed several popular productions for The Umbrella Stage, including Fences, Joy Luck Club, To Kill a Mockingbird, and True West, which earned a DASH Award for Best Production (Play). Aguillon and Gerardo have collaborated frequently on recent projects, including last season's Incantation for The Umbrella Stage @Home New Works series and Scensation for the Boston Theater Marathon XXIII, among others.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The Umbrella Stage Company is pleased to present a October 30 special program exploring the Filipino American Experience through the dramatic writing and production process as part of the 2021 Concord Festival Authors. An interactive discussion with playwright Hortense Gerardo, director Michelle Aguillon, and actors Jude Torres, Liza Fermin-Granada, and Justin Budinoff presented a scene of an original play examining what it means to be a Filipino American in relation to the American Dream through the lens of a Filipino family in the suburbs of Cleveland. The event included a short scene-in-progress from the commissioned World Premiere!
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