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ON THIS SIDE OF THE WORLD

Music & Lyrics by PAULO K TIRÓL
Directed by NOAM SHAPIRO

On This Side of the World is getting its first full production at Access Theater this May! We are fortunate to have received a Creative Engagement Grant from the Lower Manhattan City Council, but we also have a ways to go to give this project the funding it needs. 

 

So, we're currently running a crowdfunding campaign to raise $12,000 and help cover the project fundraising gap.

 

Will you please help us? Click here to make your tax-deductible donation to Three Hares, our fiscally sponsored producer through Fractured Atlas.

STORIES OF SELFLESS OVERSEAS WORKERS, young lovers, judgmental church ladies, undocumented immigrants, and millennials living their best lives on social media. On This Side of the World is an anthology of musical scenes and monologues capturing voices from the Filipino immigrant experience in the United States, and lifting up stories of new immigrants and the children of immigrant families. What emerges is a mosaic of love and loss, humor and heartache, yearning and faith eight thousand miles from home.

 

Paulo K Tiról started writing On This Side of the World in 2013 as a project at NYU Tisch's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. From 2013 to 2017, ten songs were completed, and individual songs were performed at major venues such as Joe's Pub, the Laurie Beechman, and the NAMT Festival of New Musicals. In May 2018, director Noam Shapiro heard "Light of the Home" at a showcase at Joe's Pub, and reached out to Paulo, asking to hear more. They have been collaborating on the piece since. From September 2018 to February 2019, Paulo and Noam were artists in residence at Access Theater in downtown Manhattan, where the piece was completed, workshopped with the help of wonderful actors, and shared with the world in its first full reading on February 15, 2019.

 

On This Side of the World will be produced by Three Hares at Access Theater as part of the Access Association Series from May 1 to 12, 2019.

 

On This Side of the World is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC.

Project Updates

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On This Side of the World was presented as a full piece for the first time at Access Theater on February 16, 2019. In the cast were Belinda Allyn, Chris IgnacioJoanne Javien, Diane Phelan, Michael Protacio, and Sam Simahk. Noam Shapiro, director; Ian Miller, music director; Angela Griggs, stage manager; and Ayana Parker Morrison, producer. 

February 15, 2019

OTSOTW has its first staged reading at Access Theater

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On This Side of the World was selected to be among Access Theater's 2018-2019 Resident Artists. Since 1992, Access Theater has been a home to New York City's leading downtown artists. More here.

August 14, 2018

OTSOTW selected for Access Theater's Artist-in-Residence program

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"Light of the Home" from On This Side of the World was performed at Joe's Pub as part of "The Next Movement", a showcase of work from Musical Theatre Factory's Persons of Color Writers Roundtable where the song was developed. More here.

This event also sparked the collaboration between Paulo and Noam. Noam emailed Paulo the day after the performance, saying he was there and that he wanted to learn more about the piece the song was from. They met up for coffee soon after and have been working together since.

May 21, 2018

"Light of the Home" performed at Joe's Pub

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"On Your Side of the World" from On This Side of the World was performed at the Songwriters Cabaret at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) Festival of New Musicals, by Rogelio Peñaverde Jr., Billy Bustamante, and Enrico Lagasca. Music direction by Daniel Sefik. 

October 27, 2016

"On Your Side of the World" featured at NAMT's Festival of New Musicals

Sample Songs

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"The Language Lesson" from On This Side of the World. Lyrics and music by Paulo K Tiról. Featuring Ysabel Jasa

"From A Letter Written Somewhere Over the Pacific Between Hawaii and California" from On This Side of the World. Lyrics and music by Paulo K Tiról. 

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"On Your Side of the World" from On This Side of the World. Lyrics and music by Paulo K Tiról. Featuring Rogelio Peñaverde Jr., Sherwin Su and Marvin Gayatgay. 

"Light of the Home" from On This Side of the World. Lyrics and music by Paulo K Tiról. Featuring Lora Nicolas Olaes and Joanne Javien with Joseph Legáspi and Paulo K Tiról, with accompaniment by Bob Kelly.

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