Set in present-day Scarborough, Singkil tells the story of the Perez family, from the separate lives Mimi's parents led in their native Manila to the lives they adjusted to together once they moved to Canada. Bridging the Perez's past and present is the Singkil, the dance of a Muslim Filipina princess who cleverly escapes the debris left after a violent earthquake. Caught in the relentless grip of the past and forced into the unfamiliar terrain of forgiveness, Mimi must find her own way out of the tangled mess her life has become and gracefully step into a new one, making her way back to the land of the living by facing the mysteries held by the dead. Catherine Hernandez's play illuminates the page with gentle grace, bringing the Perez family to life through the rich steps of the Singkil.
Catherine Hernandez is the author of the novel Scarborough, which won the 2015 Jim Wong-Chu Award; was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award, Toronto Book Award, the Evergreen Forest of Reading Award, and Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction; and was longlisted for Canada Reads 2018. It made the "Best of 2017" list from The Globe and Mail, National Post, Quill and Quire, and CBC Books. Her plays The Femme Playlist / I Cannot Lie to the Stars That Made Me, Singkil, and Kilt Pins were published by Playwrights Canada Press, and her children's book M is for Mustache: A Pride ABC Book was published by Flamingo Rampant. She is the Artistic Director of b current. Catherine lives in Scarborough, Ontario.
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