Playwright’s Statement

“A myth is a way of making sense in a senseless world.” – Rollo May

This is a play about grieving. Death and mourning was a part of our lives while writing this play and we noticed that people in our family grieved differently. We decided we wanted to write something that would comfort children and help them understand what it means to grieve. We received wisdom and information from our friend, Andrea Kwan, a grief counsellor, and hope we have done justice in sharing some of that knowledge.

This play was originally inspired by the Samal myth of Tuan Putli and Manik Buangsi. It has since evolved to be a true halo-halo (Tagalog for “mixed”) story, that includes many different influences from Philippine indigenous, colonial, political, social and cultural sources. It is also influenced by a Western tradition of fantasy and adventure storytelling from sources like The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, The Neverending Story, Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings. This is not Philippine myth as you would hear it in its truest form. It’s a mythology we created from being a part of the Philippine diapsora.

We have created an imagined world that occupies a space between real and imagined. Through writing this play, we sought to pay tribute and showcase Philippine culture, story and artistic traditions by making our own story, through our unique diasporic Filipinx-Canadian lens. We’ve altered and re-imagined myth, character and story to reflect our intersections.

This play is dedicated to our family and ancestors, and to the child we are about to bring into the world.