Rise and Fall of Marcoses staged in hit musical Here Lies Love

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For immediate release: March 27, 2017

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Contact Kit Zulueta, mabuhay@fylpro.org

Rise and Fall of Marcoses staged in hit musical Here Lies Love

Tickets now available, sponsors and community partners sought by organizers

SEATTLE, WA – The public is invited to Seattle’s Philippine Soiree, a special cultural night presentation featuring Seattle Repertory Theatre’s production of the hit musical Here Lies Love on June 3rd, 5:30 p.m. at Seattle Repertory Theatre. The Soiree is presented by 3-time Tony and Grammy Award-winner Jhett Tolentino, in cooperation with FYLPRO.

Seattle PH Soiree

Here Lies Love tells the story of the eventful People Power Revolution in a dance party with techno beats and catchy tunes. The play follows the life of the controversial First Lady Imelda Marcos and the non-violent restoration of democracy in the Philippines that inspired the world.

“We’re proud to bring you Here Lies Love and call on all our kababayan, and the entire community to join us in this unique celebration of culture,” said Kit Zulueta, president of FYLPRO. “I especially encourage my fellow youth to attend and learn about a part of Philippine history that is relevant to who we are today as Filipinos.”

An objective take on a controversial topic
The show features a storyline with songs describing events that led to the declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines in 1972, and the revolution in 1986. Past audiences and critics from the show’s successful runs in London and New York were left to draw their own conclusions based on unaltered facts documented and highly researched by the production creator.

(L-R): Ninoy Aquino, President Ferdinand Marcos, First Lady Imelda Marcos

As the show doesn’t take a political slant, organizers agreed it was timely and perfect to bring awareness and encourage discussion about the significant events in Philippines’ history, especially to the youth.

“It’s time for all Filipinos to come together regardless of which side of Martial Law they were on.” Tolentino said. “I hope this show brings the healing we deserve and the strength to move forward towards unity.”

The show’s concept and lyrics were conceptualized by Talking Heads’ David Byrne, music by Byrne and Fatboy Slim, and is directed by 2-time Tony nominee Alex Timbers.

The phrase “Here Lies Love” was Imelda Marcos’ request to be inscribed on her tombstone.

Soiree attendees enjoy perks
Patrons will be treated to a post-show Meet-and-Greet and Q&A featuring the all-Filipino cast Jaygee Macapugay as First Lady Imelda Marcos, Conrad Ricamora as Ninoy Aquino, Mark Bautista as President Ferdinand Marcos and producer Jhett Tolentino.

(L-R): Jaygee Macapugay (First Lady Imelda Marcos), Conrad Ricamora (Ninoy Aquino), Mark Bautista (President Ferdinand Marcos) and Jhett Tolentino (Producer, FYLPRO ’16)

The Soiree also aims to bring the community together with a Sari-Sari marketplace showcasing our sponsors and Filipino products and vendors. A Salo-salo reception then follows to allow guests to network and delight in the provided Filipino delicacies and refreshments.

The benefit show supports Tolentino’s upcoming documentary “Life is What You Make It,” and FYLPRO, a nonprofit that helps develop next-generation leaders that have a passion for advancing the Philippines and the Filipino people.

No seats: not your typical musical
Seattle Repertory’s Bagley Wright Theatre transforms into a dance party, offering a unique 90-minute experience that shouldn’t be missed.

Those with tickets on the main floor will be standing, with the full experience of a concert. Main floor guests are advised to bring minimal items, like personal handbags and wear comfortable shoes and attire.

There will be seating in the gallery and balcony for those interested, with some nontraditional theatre chairs. There will be no intermission during the show.

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Sponsors and community partners sought
Event organizers are seeking monetary and in-kind corporate and community support to help create a memorable and successful event. In addition to the benefits and advertising opportunities offered on June 3, sponsors will also be recognized by FYLPRO at its prestigious annual Immersion Program, in partnership with the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C.

Tickets start at $130 and are now available at www.fylpro.org. Those unable to join us for June 3 may also catch the musical with the post-show Meet-and-Greet on May 6.

For any questions, email mabuhay@fylpro.org.

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