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Dragon Cycle

A.R.T. Breakout
  • Mar 20, 2019 - Apr 7, 2019

  • OBERON

Dragon Lady runs one hour and forty-five minutes, including one fifteen-minute intermission. Dragon Mama runs two hours, including one fifteen-minute intermission.

A.R.T. Breakout

Dragon Lady runs one hour and forty-five minutes, including one fifteen-minute intermission. Dragon Mama runs two hours, including one fifteen-minute intermission.

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EXTRAORDINARY! An amazing piece of theater…taking you from the depths of poignancy to the heights of hilarity. I was mesmerized. Stop what you’re doing and get your tickets now.

Jared Bowen, WGBH

In Porkalob’s plays, storytelling is as an act of transformation.

WBUR’s The ARTery

After a run at OBERON in the spring of 2018, virtuosic performer Sara Porkalob returns with new songs in her musical Dragon Lady and also turns her attention to another chapter of her family’s history with Dragon Mama, the second piece in her Dragon Cycle.

Dragon Lady contains strobe-like effects and recorded gunshots.

 

Created and Performed by Sara Porkalob
Directed by Andrew Russell

Notable dates

College Nights: 4/2 & 4/3
Calling all Boston-area students to join us for College Night at Dragon Lady on April 2 and Dragon Mama on April 3. $15 student tickets available online—bring your college ID for the discount and to enjoy music after the show.

Dragon Cycle Sunday: 4/7
Spend your Sunday binging Dragon Cycle! See Dragon Lady in the afternoon and Dragon Mama that night. Grab dinner and a specialty Dragon Cycle cocktail around the corner at Grafton Street Pub & Grill between shows for a dragon-themed day.

Dragon Lady

Return Engagement

It is the year of the Water Dragon and the eve of Grandma Maria’s 60th birthday. By the light of the karaoke machine, fueled by pork dumplings and Diet Pepsi, she shares a dark secret from her Filipino gangster past with one lucky grandchild. Traversing 50 years of faulty family memories, this timely new musical is about what it means to come to America. The Seattle Times calls Dragon Lady, “Commanding and irresistible…a fierce and vibrant memoir.”

Original Music by Peter Irving
On Stage Band: Hot Damn Scandal

Dragon Mama

World Premiere

How does a Dragon earn her wings? Maria Porkalob, Jr., yearns for a gayer, more POC-filled life than Bremerton, WA, can offer. When presented with an opportunity to make a quick fortune, Maria must make an important decision: leave her debt-ridden mother, four young siblings, and newborn daughter Sara for the wild unknown of Alaska, or stay close to home, family, and intergenerational trauma. Traversing 25 years filled with queer love in a barren land, Dragon Mama features ghosts, Filipino gangsters, and a dope 80s and 90s soundtrack.

 

Press Coverage

Reviews

Jared Bowen, WGBH

Sara Porkalob inhabits her grandmother all throughout the OBERON space…with extraordinary skill. She is going to be a major, major star. I cannot stress enough how much you’ll enjoy the show.

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Sara Porkalob, Diana Oh, and Kareem Khubchandani in conversation

Performance artists Diana Oh and Sara Porkalob sat down for a personal, wide-ranging discussion in anticipation of their shows in the A.R.T. Breakout series.

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Hot Damn Scandal, seen in Dragon Lady

Hot Damn Scandal Pop-Up Performance

MAR 15 3PM
1350 Massachusetts Ave.

Get a sneak preview of the music of Dragon Lady at Harvard Commons in the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center.

 

Get a sneak preview of the music of Dragon Lady at Harvard Commons in the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center.