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A moving and eye-opening window into San Diego. Drawn from historical research and personal interviews, Halo-Halo tells stories that explore Filipino Americans culture and traditions, along with the struggles and triumphs every audience shares with this fascinating and fast-growing community. Themes include pageants, politics, and celebrity, plus historical firsts, comedy, dance and some serious social issues! Opening March 31, 2017 at the Lyceum Theatre. For no-surcharge tickets contact the Lyceum Theatre Box Office at 619/544-1000, or order online at

PROGRAM information (with story & company details)

Press Release (PDF file)

Rehearsal clip: House of the Philippines

Rehearsal clip: Baby Ruth & Uncle Sam

Halo-Halo Performance and Event Schedule

Performances – Lyceum Theatres, Horton Plaza, San Diego
Friday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. Opening Night Co-presented by Honorary Consul of the Philippines.  Halo-Halo reception sponsored by Happy Sushi and SNOICE.
Saturday, April 1 at 2:00 p.m.  Co-presented by Council for Teaching Filipino Language and Culture (CTFLC). Education Panel following the performance moderated by Lily Ann B. Villaraza, PhD.C. Panelists include educators Amanda Solomon Amorao, Jacquilin Magat-Lapid, and Dr. Juanita Nacu.
Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. Traditional Arts Panel following the performance featuring principals from the PASACAT and Samahan Philippine dance companies, moderated by Dr. Alexander Khalil.
Sunday, April 2 at 2:00 p.m. Co-presented by The Filipino School. Cultural Activism anel following the performance moderated by Lily Ann B. Villaraza, PhD.C. Panelists include activists and Halo-Halo interviewees Julia Legaspi, Tony Olaes and Marlene Tuyay Scott.

Thursday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. Co-presented by Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego. Filipino Americans and the Law Panel following the performance moderated by Honorary Consul Audie de Castro. Panelists include legal experts Alastair Agcaoili, Andrew Amorao, and Anne Bautista.

Friday, April 7 at 10:00 a.m. Performance for Schools.

Friday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. Co-presented by House of Philippines and Andres Bonifacio Samahan (AB Samahan) at SDSU. Playwright Panel moderated by Halo-Halo Community Liaison and playwright Thelma Virata de Castro. Panelists include Halo-Halo playwrights.

Saturday, April 8 at 2:00 p.m. Co-presented by Filipino American Historical Society (FANHS) of San Diego. Filipino American History Panel following the performance, including a discussion of the Congressional Gold Medal for Filipino WWII veterans, moderated by Dr. Judy Patacsil. Panelists include FANHS members Tina Barlolong, Herb Delute, and Felix Tuyay.

Saturday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. Pinoy Pride panel following the performance moderated by Halo-Halo playwright and actress Carol Cabrera. Panelists include Halo-Halo interviewees Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta and Hula Ramos.


Stories of the Sun Cafe is now available on DVD

This remarkable 2015 performance is captured here, a timeless remembrance of San Diego in the last century.  From its origin as the Obayashi shooting gallery to the downtown institution it became under the Jeong family, the Sun Cafe watched generations of Japanese American and Chinese American families take their place in San Diego. 

Program information for this show.

Stories of the Sun Cafe DVD


Mixed-together stories of San Diego's Filipino American community. Sign up for the mailing list below to receive more information as this new show, scheduled to premiere in March 2017, evolves.

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Year of the Chicken: Child of Dragons

Year of the Mobkey: Monkey in the Mirror

Last chance to see MONKEY IN THE MIRROR performed live was at the Asian Cultural Festival in Mira Mesa. However, a video of the performance will be available later this year. Be sure to sign onto our mailing list below to learn when--as well as to receive the announcement of our project coming up this summer in the San Diego International Fringe Festival, June 25-July 2.

STORIES OF THE SUN CAFE is a collaborative project produced by Asian Story Theater in conjunction with leaders of San Diego's Japanese American and Chinese American communities, and co-presented with the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego (JAHSSD) and the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum (SDCHM). STORIES OF THE SUN CAFE are curated by Gingerlily Lowe (Asian Story Theater), Andy Lowe (East West Players), Joyce Teague (JAHSSD and Buddhist Temple of San Diego), and Murray K. Lee (San Diego Chinese Historical Museum), and directed by Kent Brisby. Historical and behind-the-scenes photos are on Facebook. More info about this June 2015 event is here.




For early spring of 2015, Asian Story Theater and Moxie Theatre co-presented the world premiere of RAM-GIRL. Family matinees were March 7, at Noon and 2pm at the Moxie Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd. Special preview excerpts were presented at the Chinese New Year and Tet New Year celebrations. RAM-GIRL begins with the Chinese story/parable about a sheep, a monkey, and a rooster who are competing with each other to win a race. However, RAM-GIRL is also about a girl discovering her own identity through some unusual talents.  It's a fun family show, with sly insights into gender identity and prejudice.  The traditional Chinese symbol associated with this year of the lunar calendar is the same for sheep AND goat, and RAM-GIRL explores that literal and metaphorical uncertainty.  And because the Year of the Ram (or Goat) is traditionally associated with individuals of unusual creativity, the performance incorporates visual art and a little music created live on stage.



A new chapter in the ongoing development of this musical will be presented in the 2016 San Diego Fringe Festival. Watch this page, or the project-specific Facebook page, for details as these become available. Click on the link in the history list (on the right) to view clips from the 2011 workshop presentation. More details about THE MUSICAL PAUL GAUGUIN are online here. Questions and comments are welcome at our Facebook page: Please check the Facebook page, or send email to Asian Story Theater to be notified as additional details are announced.

(revised 2/16/2016)


Stories of the Sun Cafe
Year of the Horse
Year of the Dragon
Gauguin musical
Year of the Rabbit (2011)

Return of the Monkey King (2010)
Doctor Quynh (2009)

Sea Monster (2008)

Super Shave Ice (2007)
Dear Miss Breed (2007)
Shave Ice (2006)
Then He Met a Woodcutter (2005)
Return of the Monkey King, 2005
KAHUA (2003)
Journey to the Buddha (2002)
Asian Americas (2002)
SunDance (2001)
3 Dragons (2000)
Trickster Tour (1999-2003) (
Real vs. Fake (1999)
White Snake (1998)
Myth, Magic & Mathem Tour (1997-1999)
Hanuman & the Monkey King (1997)
Fa Mu Lan (1996)
Monkey King (1995)
Tea Tour (1994)
Candlewick Fairy (1994)
Monkey King & the Spider Women, 1993
Monkey King & the Mountains of Fire, 1992
Tea Stories (1991)
Monkey King: The Journey Begins, 1991
The White Snake, 1989-90
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