© 2019 by Paulo K Tiról. +AMDG.

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Photo by Noam Shapiro. Taken while in rehearsal for On This Side of the World, April 2019.

MUSICAL THEATRE

As a musical theatre writer, Paulo tells Filipino-American, Asian-American, and immigrant stories, so as to proudly give these communities -- his communities -- a voice on the New York stage, as well as provide fresh performance opportunities for Asian-American talent. As he does this, he works with artists of diverse origins and backgrounds, and explores universal themes -- thus allowing his work to speak to broader audiences. 

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On This Side of the World is a collection of songs capturing voices from the Filipino immigrant experience in the United States.  Stories of overseas workers, young lovers, and gossipy church ladies. Snapshots of undocumented immigrants, millennial princesses, and first-generation Americans. Performed by six actors, each song is a self-contained story, resulting in a vibrant mosaic of love and loss, humor and heartache, yearning and faith, eight thousand miles from home.


Paulo began writing On This Side of the World while studying at NYU in 2013. In 2018, with half the songs written, director Noam Shapiro started developing the piece with Paulo. The two completed On This Side of the World over the next eight months with the help of an artistic residency at Access Theater, which culminated in a sold-out two-week run there in May 2019. Click here for the team behind the May '19 Access Theater production.

 

With producer Megumi Lee, Paulo and Noam continue to develop On This Side of the World and find ways to share it with more audiences.

"THEATRE IS EASY BEST BET: On This Side of the World may play best with immigrant audiences, but the themes of separation, love, and perseverance are relatable even to those who have never set foot outside of their home country. Audiences won’t be able to stop cheering (when they’re not weeping) for this ambitious underdog of a show.”

(Maria Paz Alegre, Theatre is Easy)

 

On This Side of the World is a collection of songs capturing voices from the Filipino immigrant experience in the United States.  Stories of overseas workers, young lovers, and gossipy church ladies. Snapshots of undocumented immigrants, millennial princesses, and first-generation Americans. Performed by six actors, each song is a self-contained story, resulting in a vibrant mosaic of love and loss, humor and heartache, yearning and faith, eight thousand miles from home.


Paulo began writing On This Side of the World while studying at NYU in 2013. In 2018, with half the songs written, director Noam Shapiro started developing the piece with Paulo. The two completed On This Side of the World over the next eight months with the help of an artistic residency at Access Theater, which culminated in a sold-out two-week run there in May 2019. Click here for the team behind the May '19 Access Theater production.

 

With producer Megumi Lee, Paulo and Noam continue to develop On This Side of the World and find ways to share it with more audiences.

"THEATRE IS EASY BEST BET: On This Side of the World may play best with immigrant audiences, but the themes of separation, love, and perseverance are relatable even to those who have never set foot outside of their home country. Audiences won’t be able to stop cheering (when they’re not weeping) for this ambitious underdog of a show.”

(Maria Paz Alegre, Theatre is Easy)

Trailer for the May 2019 production of On This Side of the World at Access Theater. Produced by Don Gutierrez. Featuring actors Yz Jasa, Diane Phelan, Michael Protacio, Chris Ignacio and Joanne Javien, as well as director Noam Shapiro and composer and lyricist Paulo K Tiról.

 

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Called at Musical Theatre Factory's 4X15 series in May 2018. Standing, from left: Bob Kelly (music director), Rogelio Peñaverde Jr., Roy Flores, Joanne Javien, Brian Jose, Luis Ramos, Sara Mae Lagasca, Catherine Gloria, Lora Nicolas Olaes, Rebecca Aparicio (director), Joe Harkins. Kneeling, from left: Jonelle Margallo, Paulo K Tiról.

Called is the story of Carmela, an overachieving call center agent in Manila on the threshold of achieving her long-time dream of moving to the United States, and Nelson, the septuagenarian caller from North Dakota who befriends her and shines a different light on the choices she’s made and is making. Through this frame, Called tells a story of identity, loneliness, what each of us would give up for our dreams.

Called was partially developed through Musical Theatre Factory's 4X15 series in May 2018, and will be developed further through the Dramatist Guild Foundation Fellows program starting 2019. 

A sample from Called: "Heading Out", sung by Carmela soon after her team leader announces a job opening at the company's head office in Albuquerque, for which the most qualified agent will be chosen. Performed at the MTF 4X15 by Catherine Gloria, with Bob Kelly accompanying / music directing.

"Green Line Ride", music and lyrics by Paulo K Tiról. Performed at the 8th Annual Curtain Up, Berklee's musical theatre writing and orchestration showcase. Orchestration by Franco Niro; music direction by Jacklyn Riha; featuring William Eastland. Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA, March 2017.

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