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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  • Vince Gatton:
    29 Jun. 2022
    An utterly charming and ultimately gut-punching portrait of a Filipino-American lola and her grandson. There's so much going on here as these witty, smart characters navigate a kitchen together: immigration, assimilation, family dynamics...plus hate crimes and other threats specific to our era. A salty, sassy short piece that earns every bit of its emotional payoff.
  • Shaun Leisher:
    1 Mar. 2022
    A really gut-wrenching short play. This is the kind of stories that need to be told during this time.
  • Aly Kantor:
    5 Feb. 2022
    This is a play you can hear, smell and, most of all, feel. It's full of magnificent sensory details that add a brilliant layer of authenticity to the scene. The script itself is a complex exploration of identity, propelled forward by characters with unique, specific points of view. In addition to the honest, playful, timely dialogue, the piece contains a gorgeous monologue for an older woman. The reversal at the end of the play is unexpected and heartbreaking, but absolutely well-earned. In the future, we will be grateful to have this piece as a record of this period in history.

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
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    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
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    Female
    Alex's mom, Lydia's daughter
    Also plays News Reporter

Development History

  • Commission
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    IAMA Theatre Company
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    2021
  • Reading
    ,
    IAMA Theatre Company
    ,
    2021

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