New one woman show opens at Bindlestiff

November 8, 2011 9:59:49 PM PST
A new one woman show from Nicole Maxali opens this week in the Bindlestiff Theatre in San Francisco. It has become a home for Filipino American artists. The drama behind the scenes is almost as compelling as what's on stage.

"Forgetting the Details" is a poignant, often funny show about how her family copes with grandmother's changing life.

"I wanted to shed light on Alzheimer's. Not only to spread awareness, but also show what a caregiver goes through and this heartbreaking disease," said Maxali.

The Bindlestiff Studio started more than 20 years ago in a storefront of a residential hotel. In 1997, a group of Filipino actors opened a show there. It became a sold out hit.

"Eventually, this place became a real epicenter for Filipino American artists around the Bay Area and eventually internationally," said Allan Manalo, the executive director of the theatre.

They took it over and it became a home for Filipino actors, musicians, comedians, artists. But it was at a time when notorious 6th Street was changing. The residential hotel had to go. The redevelopment agency built a new hotel and Bindlestiff negotiated for a new permanent home. It has meant finding financial support. They need $5,000 just this month to pay for the stage lights.

It's gone from a small, dark space that no one knew existed to a modern theatre in a new building. The potential there is really unlimited.

Maxali's show opens Thursday for two weeks.

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