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LIVING WITH LOLA World Premiere at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe

Filipino American artists tells the story of what happened to the families of the 2nd generation of Filipino immigrants, the NAVY generation.

HOLLYWOOD, California, May 23, 2017 - Anjanette Abayari and Tita Pambid will represent the Filipino American narrative along with other independent Los Angeles productions in the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Tickets are on sale at the Hollywood Fringe website: for three shows, June 4 at 7pm, June 9 at 9:30pm and June 14 at 8pm.

The show runs for one hour and will be at the Second Stage located at 6320 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038. Living With Lola is an original play by George Montero and directed by James Aceron and produced by Republiq Entertainment and Flowerman Productions.

Anjanette Abayari played the wonder woman of the Philippines, Darna: Ang Pagbabalik that came out in 1994 in Philippine Cinema. Living With Lola is her debut as a stage artist in Hollywood and she is playing the role of Sonia, the aunt. Tita Pambid is a professor of Filipino Language, Literature and Cinema at the University of California Los Angeles as well as a prolific stage artist both in the Philippines and in the US and she is playing the role of Lola, the grandma. Kristy Aquino is playing the role of Jenny, the granddaughter. Mel Domingo is playing Theresa, the mom. Johnnie Grebler is playing Vivian, Jenny’s schoolmate. Jacob Betts is playing Danny, the boyfriend of Vivian.

Living With Lola is a funny family drama where Jenny breaks the fourth wall and takes us on a journey of family discovery of a multi-generation immigrant family in San Diego. The story takes place in Lola’s house around the holidays. It explores Filipino traditions around the holidays like the Parol and Simbang Gabi. Lola’s husband who passed away early on worked for the US Navy in the Philippines and got an opportunity to migrate to the US and brought Lola with him. This story is about what happened to the families of the NAVY Generation that immigrated to the US from the Philippines after WWII. This is a feel good holiday Christmas family story where differences in traditions and morality come face to face with the realities of immigrant families in the US.

To contact the producers, call or text (626) 241-7010 or email Tickets for the preview and for seniors at $25 and regular tickets at $30.

About the Playwright

George Montero has a long history working in theater, film and television. He was a member of Repertory Philippines and worked with Artistic Director Zenaida (Bibot) Amador. He worked as an actor and in production in more than 40 plays and musicals produced by the repertory company which includes Fiddler On The Roof, The General Inspector, Evita, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas and a chorus in Annie with Lea salonga.

He wrote and worked on Filipino movies shot in America including the movie Botchok In America starring famous Filipino actor Vandolph Quizon, son of legendary Filipino comedy actor Dolphy. The movie also features another star from the Philippines, Alma Moreno. He wrote and worked on another Filipino film, Liwanag Sa Dilim with Sheryl Cruz.

After leaving Repertory Philippines to migrate to the US, he has produced a slate of sold-out shows in Los Angeles including The Cascades, The Stylistics, The Platters, Rex Smith, Roberta Flack, Gloria Gaynor, The Appleband tribute to the Beatles, and a ton of other tribute artists.

He produced and directed several plays in Hollywood which includes the comedy First Night and his comedy play Babaeng Desperada which earned him several community awards for best play and best director.
05.24.17 by OC