Leviathan Lab's MIGRATION NATION was an immersive, site-specific piece that used the entirety of the creative cooperative Space on White's building in October 2012. It featured new works written by members of Leviathan Lab's Women Writers Workshop. MIGRATION NATION explores the experiences of immigrant Filipinos who have taken jobs as overseas workers (OFW's) in the service and technical industries worldwide. Educated Filipinos, the majority of them women, constitute the Philippines largest export, totaling 11% of the Philippine economy. These women, without the benefit of citizenship or workers rights, suffer any number of human rights abuses. MIGRATION NATION explored the experiences of these workers.
MIGRATION NATION was made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Our community partners included the National Federation of Filipino American Associations, Filipino American National Historical Society, Pilipino American Unity for Progress, and Brooklyn Brewery.
Leviathan Lab's production of MIGRATION NATION featured curation by Leviathan Lab's first Artistic Director Nelson T. Eusebio III and music arrangements by Jason Ma. It ran from November 3 – 19, 2012 using the entirety of the creative cooperative Space on White in Tribeca, Manhattan, and featured the following cast and crew:
Maria Alegre, Leanne Cabrera*, Patricia Cancio, Thomas Charlton, Kitty Chen, Jessica Anne Cox, Jojo Gonzalez*, Claro de los Reyes, Ariel Estrada*, Karen Tsen Lee*, Jaygee Macapugay*, Jake Myers, Mizuo Peck, Diane Phelan*, Krystal Seli, Precious Sipin, Toni Stanton, Robert Wolfe, Kurt Uy*, Yan Xi
*Indicates member of Actors' Equity Association. MIGRATION NATION was an Equity Approved Showcase Production.
Migration Nation Trailer