if all that You take from this is courage, then I've no regrets

After a brush with danger, a strong-willed matriarch reminisces with her grandson on all the things their histories have taught them. This 10-minute play explores Filipino American identity, intergenerational disconnect, and weighing your wars to make sure you're not fighting for nothing.
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if all that You take from this is courage, then I've no regrets

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  • Mak Shealy:
    10 Nov. 2022
    A dynamically sonic play packing a serious emotional punch. The familial relationships are powerfully evocative -- we feel dropped into the boiling water throughout this script and Pilapil doesn't let up for a moment. I can't wait to see this onstage one day!
  • Samantha Marchant:
    25 Aug. 2022
    Sounds before visuals - awesome. The section on washing the rice and the reveal at the end are very powerful.
  • Asher Wyndham:
    21 Aug. 2022
    Now this is a perfect example of a ten-minute play that does such much in a few pages. It packs an emotional punch, playing with time in surprising ways theatrically, while focusing on a family's history, trauma and dreams. A necessary drama for our times.

Character Information

  • Lydia
    Filipina, Filipino, Asian American
    ,
    Female
    Strong willed and feisty
    Not a stereotypical frail old lady kind of grandmother
    Fluent in English despite her Filipino accent
  • Alex
    Filipino, Filipino American, Asian American
    ,
    Male
    Lydia's grandson, Giselle's son
    Whether or not it's true, he's one of those people that says "my grandma is my best friend"
  • Giselle
    Filipina American, Filipino, Asian American
    ,
    Female
    Alex's mom, Lydia's daughter
    Also plays News Reporter

Development History

  • Reading
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    Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival
    ,
    2022
  • Commission
    ,
    IAMA Theatre Company
    ,
    2021
  • Reading
    ,
    IAMA Theatre Company
    ,
    2021

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