Award-winning artist, comedian, and published author Alia Ceniza Rasul debuts her highly-anticipated solo show MORO GIRL putting a spotlight on her journey as a Muslim Filipina immigrating and settling in Canada at the 2022 Toronto Fringe Festival.
In this heartfelt, personal and funny show, Filipina comedian, Alia Ceniza Rasul shares stories about growing up half-Muslim, half-Christian and obsessed with her very Catholic country of birth. The show is looking to push beyond just representation and confronts what it means to look/be/seen as Filipin*.
About the show, Alia says “I search for answers through my childhood, family stories and history; going back to the mighty Tausugs of the from the Sultanate of Sulu and to the Mestizos de Sangley, Chinese immigrants to the Philippines who were persecuted by the Spanish for their economic prowess (aka Taurus energy). Will I find what I’m looking for? You’ll just have to come and see.”
MORO GIRL is also part of the Fringe is Funny program, a grassroots movement by a collective of some of the best live comedic writers, performers and producers in Toronto.
I had the opportunity to speak with Alia about MORO GIRL. She shared some great tidbits about her work in general, being part of the Tita Collective, and this solo work premiering at the Toronto Fringe this year.
MORO GIRL continues at the 2022 Toronto Fringe Festival until July 17, 202 at the Tarragon Solo Room. For performance schedules, tickets and more information, please go to fringetoronto.com.
Photos by Alia Ceniza Rasul at Monography featuring Alia Ceniza Rasul.