Stories of overseas workers, young lovers, and gossipy church ladies. Snapshots of undocumented immigrants, aspiring actors, and first-generation Americans.
On This Side of the World is a collection of songs capturing voices from the Filipino immigrant experience in the United States. What emerges is a mosaic of love and loss, humor and heartache, yearning and faith eight thousand miles from home.
Paulo K Tiról began writing On This Side of the World in 2013 as a project at NYU Tisch's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. From 2013 to 2017, ten songs were completed, and individual songs were performed at major venues such as Joe's Pub, the Laurie Beechman, and the NAMT Festival of New Musicals. In May 2018, director Noam Shapiro heard "Light of the Home" at a showcase at Joe's Pub, and reached out to Paulo, asking to hear more. They have been collaborating on the piece since. From September 2018 to February 2019, Paulo and Noam were artists in residence at Access Theater in downtown Manhattan, where the piece was completed, workshopped with an ensemble, and shared with the world in its first full reading on February 15, 2019.
The cast included Albert Guerzon* (Escape to Margaritaville, Honeymoon in Vegas, Mamma Mia!, Ghost the Musical), Jaygee Macapugay* (Wild Goose Dreams, School of Rock, Here Lies Love), Diane Phelan* (School of Rock, The King and I), Joanne Javien* (Thoroughly Modern Millie, First National Tour), Kevin Schuering* (The King and I, Lincoln Center National Tour), and Michael Protacio (Joanna Gleason’s Out of the Eclipse at 54 Below).