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Proud Marys

2024 Festival

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Number of Acts: 2
Number of Principals (Male): 3
Number of Principals (Female): 6
Number of Principals (Trans / GNC): 1
Total Cast Size: 10
Casting Notes:

A minimum of 10 players are ideal for this piece. It’s important to cast authentic Fil-Ams and Filipino actors as there are approximately 4 characters that require bi-lingual Tagalog speaking players. Additionally, there are a few players who will double and triple up with various roles. Actors who can play a musical instrument is not required however it would be a plus as a few actors may double up as musicians in some scenes. This is a predominately Asian-American cast and WOC/immigrant-led creative team.

Genre & Style:

Pop/Acoustic/Latin Pop, with traditional Kundiman/Filipino Rondalla in the orchestrations

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Three daughters shake up the strict traditions of their religious Filipino-American family when they all get knocked up out of wedlock at the same time. Proud Marys is a seriocomedy that busts wide open the myth of the model minority Asian-American family, one pop song at a time. It’s SIX meets a Fil-Am Fiddler on the Roof.

Development History

Proud Marys began as a 1/2-hour TV-pilot and won the Outstanding Screenplays TV Pilot Competition 2021 (out of 870 submissions). It received early table readings with LA-based arts organizations Cinema Sala (Oct. 2021) and Fil-Am Arts (Feb. 2022), with support from DCA Los Angeles. Awarded a 2022/23 NAMT Frank Young Fund Writers Residency Grant with a 29-hour reading with East West Players (March 2023), Proud Marys also placed as a 2024/2025 Dramatists Guild Foundation National Fellowship Finalist and received a developmental residency at Goodspeed’s Johnny Mercer Foundation Writers Grove (Feb. 2024).