Born to an immigrant mother with lost dreams, an absent father, and a society that fails immigrant families, Maria Porkalob Jr. is forced to grow up too soon, acting as surrogate mother to her 4 siblings while trying to balance her intersectional identity—poor, queer, brown, an immigrant. She yearns for a gayer, more POC-filled life than Bremerton, WA can offer her. When the opportunity to earn a lot of money in a short time presents itself, Maria must make an important decision. Leave her debt-ridden mother, four young siblings, and newborn daughter for the wild unknown of Alaska, or stay close to home, family, and intergenerational ghosts? Dragon Mama traverses 25 years of her mother’s life filled with queer love in a barren land, a dope 90’s R&B soundtrack, Filipino gangsters, and ghosts.
Following a sold out run at American Repertory Theatre in 2019, Sara Porkalob will perform her award winning solo-show about her badass mama —the second in her trilogy the DRAGON CYCLE— before she flies east to begin her Broadway career. This is her love letter to Seattle, you don’t want to miss it.
Written & performed by Sara Porkalob.
Tickets $15-30 (sliding scale for all) + fees.