“1982…Corruption, oppression, rebellion and decadence all swirl together in the tropical heat.” Sean Mitchell, Los Angeles Times.
A tragi-comic look at the Philippines during the reign of Marcos, and the conflicts experienced by Asian immigrants caught between cultures.
"A realistic portrait of the Philippines – complete with the tragedy, corruption, melodramatic characters, as well as the people’s resilience and idealism that prevail in the end. No Pinoy should miss it. And for non-Filipinos, “Dogeaters” is a great way to understand a complex culture that goes beyond Imelda’s shoes." Jannelle So, “Kababayan La” on LA18 (Channel 18)
Brought to life through a diversity of characters including a soft-porn movie star, a Jesuit priest, a Filipino-American Californian, a hustler and deejay, a movie usherette and Imelda Marcos herself, the world of Dogeaters is beautiful, lush, and always volatile – a wondrous bundle of contradictions where mundane reality, the supernatural, the spiritual and the carnal collide and coexist.
“GO! A compelling tale of intrigue… Director Jon Lawrence Rivera’s epic staging is flawless.”
Martín Hernández, LA Weekly
Capturing the Soul of the Philippines
An Interview with Dogeaters Playwright Jessica Hagedorn
by Rob Kendt
Under an unforgiving tropical sun,paramilitaries mingle with beauty queens, the airwaves alternate updates on communist insurgents with long-running radio serials, Catholic icons vie with indigenous superstitions, and martial law overlays a teeming, irrepressible nightlife. A reader wandering into the rich, multilayered world of Jessica Hagedorn’s 1990 novel Dogeaters, or a theatregoer encountering the author’s own stage adaptation at the Kirk Douglas Theatre...click to read more