March 31 – April 23, 2023
World Premiere commissioned by The Umbrella
By Hortense Gerardo
Directed by Michelle Aguillon
Presented on the Black Box Stage
“Funny, heartbreaking, well-paced, and full of memorable moments. [This] play left me feeling warm, full, and hungry for more” – Linda Chin, Theater Mirror
The Umbrella Stage Company is thrilled to commission its first full-length play, created by local playwright Hortense Gerardo.
Called one of “13 fresh theater productions to see this spring,” (Jacquinn Sinclair, WBUR Artery), Middleton Heights is a dark comedy that follows Meena and her Filipino family as they assimilate to life in a fictional Midwestern suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. The play traces historical events from 1967 to 2014 and the pursuit of the American Dream, refracted through the intersectional lens of the Asian American Pacific Islander immigrant experience.
Special Associated Programs
- Friday, March 31 – Iskwelahang Pilipino (IP) Rondalla Ensemble performs pre-show
- Sunday, April 2 – Trish Fontanilla post-show Talk Back with Playwright and Director, in partnership with BosFilipinos
- Saturday, April 15 – Iskwelahang Pilipino (IP) Student Dance Group performs pre-show
- Sunday, April 16 – Kid-Care Performance*, Post-show Talk Back with the cast, moderated by WPTZ NBC5 Morning Host Lauren Granada
- Sunday, April 23 – Iskwelahang Pilipino (IP) Tinikling Dance Group performs pre-show
* The Umbrella is pleased to announce our new Kid-Care Show Program, a pilot program to give parents an opportunity to attend select performances while their child(ren) engage in art activities inspired by the production. This is a new pilot program aimed at providing better access to arts and culture events and creating a shared experience opportunity for families. Spaces are limited and can be reserved alongside ticket purchases.
- Iskwelahang Pilipino of Boston
- FilAm Arts Los Angeles
- Asian American Playwrioghts Collective of Boston
- API Arts Network
- An Absorbing and Inspiring Middleton Heights
Linda Chin, Theater Mirror
- In Middleton Heights, a Filipino American Story of Assimilation Across Generations
Terry Byrne, Boston Globe
- 13 fresh theater productions to see this spring
Jacquinn Sinclair, WBUR Artery
- Meet Fil-Am lighting designer who puts a shine on dark comedy in Boston
Walter Ang, Inquirer.net
- Middleton Heights Playbill
Past Associated Programs
The Umbrella Stage Company was pleased to present a special program on October 30, 2021 exploring the Filipino American Experience through the dramatic writing and production process as part of the 2021 Concord Festival Authors. An interactive discussion with playwright Hortense Gerardo, director Michelle Aguillon, and actors Jude Torres, Liza Fermin-Granada, and Justin Budinoff presented a scene of an original play examining what it means to be a Filipino American in relation to the American Dream through the lens of a Filipino family in the suburbs of Cleveland. The event included a short scene-in-progress from the commissioned World Premiere!