"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.