Friday, June 22, 2007

NAATF 2007

Thank you everyone for attending my show! :) Guns snd Tampons couldn't have been waht it was without you. So, THANK YOU, friends. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT! MY OWN SHOW!

I've been able to see some amazing shows as part of this festival:
Karimi and Castro!
Jude Narita
On the Island
Ill-Lit and Mush! (Mush is super sweet, y'all)
REgie and Aileen
Kristina WOng!
Big HEad! I wish I could find my copy of DEnise Uyehara' book, MAPS... :T
Pangea World Theater
And of course, Anida's SHOW!

I really urge you to take advantage of the remainder of the festival! This weeekend, I plan to see these shows:
Makoto and Roko
Edge of the World!
Refugee Nation (and i still have the tattoo on my hand!)
STrange Rain


Wednesday, June 20, 2007

I love technology. Always and forever.

Tonight was exciting!

Los Angeles' Tuesday Night at the Cafe beamed us over, and we were live on a projection screen all the way from NYC duing their scheduled open mic! <3 Ryan and Traci found a reliable Starbucks connection and the laptop was handheld to show me and Regie kicking some pieces, plugging the APIA Summit, and the National Asian American Theater FEst! How awesome is that? The below pix are from Lainey, and show Traci, me, and Regie projected onto a screen 3,000 miles away at the Aratani Courtyard of the Union Center for the Arts! AND WE NEVER LEFT NYC! OGOMGOMG technologies! Pretty soon, all those rides at Epcot Center will be outdated, and in need of replacement.

It was a lot of fun. We couldn't stop playing with the new toy, and our 8 minute set became a 20 minute one!!! <3 So, I now leave you with this...

Friday, June 15, 2007

and so it begins!

thank you to the lovely AEP (Alter-Ego Promotions) for shooting my Philly show! :)

Thanks, Gary! (and Gayle!)

By Monday, it'll all be over, and my life will again be completely different...

ps: i am losing my voice :)

Monday, June 11, 2007

Goodbye, 1315 Cherry St.

There is something about the floors and the angles and the make up of walls that entangle you with familiarity and allow you to realize where you come from. Today marked what would probably be the last time I'd set foot in that space. I remember the first workshop I took at the AAI; the floors were still green, we pulled cushions from the couch, and sat in a circle. This was an introduction. Gary led the Something to Say workshop. I was 19.

After the Edge of the World show, I shared a balloon with John. We tied our wishes to the ends of the string, then let them fly out the window. I just thanked the space for the life it has allowed me to have. Not that the organization is dying. It is just moving. I reminded myself of this while I cried. Yes. The ugly cry. I remember Hazelnut, not that I ever took care of her, who is now in Chon's mother's care. I remember Lori's moving to California tag sale. I remember Lena's tshirts. I remember my newsletter shoutout. I remember how hilarious my collaborations with Behkyon were. I remember a corner desk. I remember 101project hugging after our first COMPLETE show. I remember green floors. greeeeen flooors. GREEEN FLOORS.

Tonight, Karimi djed via macbook and it was the first time I danced in that space. People drew on the walls and painted on the floors. I saw the distance in relationships with old friends, and the reassurance of friendship and faith in others. Kylene and I danced to some dancehall (because that is what girls from Jersey City do) and glistening with the sticky-sweat, we followed the ritual migration to a Chinatown dinner. From the ground floor, I saw the lights turned off. I imagined the beep of the security system. I turned around and knew that the burnt siennas and blues used to create the mural from the youth program were left untouched, waiting to crumble from the wrecking ball's kiss.

Together, we still have these places.

The Asian Arts Initiative is a large reason why I have all of this. It is how I met all of you. To show that I am grateful, I can only commit myself to the best of my ability to this community and to my artistic work.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

A Quadrant of my own

I was written up in the Philly Metro this weekend!

YES! I have amassed the support of the alt.weeklies!

show tonight!

life is great! <3

Saturday, June 2, 2007


is the amount I have so far spent on tampons for show props. I've been to wholesalers and retailers. The most inexpensive are the TARGET brand ones, at about $0.10 per piece.

This concludes my social investigation. Celebrate?

despite knowing my photogenic angles, i still manage to look like an asshole in this picture:

from the site...

again, listen to the podcast here!

Friday, June 1, 2007

Bandwidth RULES my life

UGH! Sorry this site's been down for two weeks. That's pretty annoying. But Glad we're back up and running! <3 Please check me out in Philly on June 9th and in NYC on June 16 and 17! again, this show is the biggest deal of my lllliiiife! (more info when you scroll down!)

June is a horrendous month schedule-wise, and I am frightened and excited all at the same time. Juggling is hard, but the lovely remaining women of FiRE have been keeping me sane! (I love Kimmie and Val! -- I even have a sticker that says this.) I am waking up looking forward to my checklist! I can't complain about life. Sorry for being significantly UNMISERABLE. :) Looking forward to USSF and the Summit!

Please listen to my interview at ---- I come in around 10 minutes into the interview.


UPCOMING! June 9th Philly
Guns and Tampons: A History of Violence Against Women I Know
Saturday, June 9, 7 p.m.

Asian Arts Initiative
1315 Cherry St. 2nd fl Philadelphia, PA
215-557-0455 for info or reservations
$10 admission, $25 weekend pass
20% discount for members

I am HONORED to be a part of the final showcase series at the AAI before it moves to its new location! Please check out these other great shows during NAATF Preview Weekend in Philly! Visit for more info!

a work-in-progress performance experiment
Sunday, June 10, 6 p.m.

Featuring Regie Cabico, John Castro, Royd Hatta, Robert Karimi, Traci Kiriyama, Dan Kim, Michelle Myers, Gary San Angel, Anula Shetty, Ryan Suda, F. Omar Telan, Kristina Wong. Conceived and directed by F. Omar Telan. Co-produced by Gayle Isa.

Part cabaret, part object d'art, part truth or dare. In a night of all new 5-minute-or-shorter "speed plays" asking and addressing the question of what Asian America wants, a rotating cast from around the country throw their lives onto stage full tilt and take you on a roller coaster ride of comedy, drama, serious reflection, and pure theatrical entertainment.

Cooking Con Karimi (Con Castro)
A live cooking show for your heart, mind, stomach & funny bone
Mero Cocinero Karimi and Comrade Cocinero Castro
Friday, June 8, 7 p.m.
Dinner / Reception Immediately Following

UPCOMING! June 16 - 17 NYC

the national asian american theater festival presents

SAT June 16th @ pm
SUN June 17th @ 3pm
SUN June 17th @ 8pm

@ the Abingdon Theater
312 W. 36th Street

Written and performed by Hanalei Ramos
Directed by Gary San Angel
Dramaturgy by Gayle Isa

3 shows only!!!! June 16 and 17 (Saturday-Sunday) @ 8 pm and special matinee !

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!! at or to contact a sales representative, call 212.352.0255 or 866-811-4111
Tickets only $20/discounts for groups!!

Quick Bio

Hanalei Ramos is a very nice person and a stereotypical aquarius. FACT: while it is a common misconception that “aquarius, the water bearer” is a water sign, it is not. It is actually an air sign! Other than that, she is a proud founding member of Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment, a mass-based organization for Filipinas in the NYC area. Hanalei has also toured around the country as a performer and is the author of Foiled Stars, Letters to Martha, and the one-woman show, Guns and Tampons: A History of Violence Against Women I Know. Hanalei currently lives and works in her native Jersey City, NJ. For more information about her, please visit

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