experimental theatre + ethnic/gender activism + a dash of good lovin' = OUCH!
Lesley is now on Netflix!
The award-winning reality cooking competition Lesley was on, Eat Your Words, just premiered on Netflix! Watch Season 2, Episode 6 to see Lesley flounder at making fish & chips.
Lesley in The Vagina Monologues!
Lesley will be performing in Girl Theatre Group's production of The Vagina Monologues on February 17th & 24th at IO West in Hollywood. On the 17th, she will present her original monologue, "Peaches." All proceeds from this show will benefit Peace Over Violence, a nonprofit 501c3, multicultural, community-based and volunteer-centered organization dedicated to a building healthy relationships, families, and communities free from sexual, domestic, and interpersonal violence. Tickets are $20. To reserve your seat, please visit: https://www.universe.com/events/the-vagina-monologues-at-io-west-tickets-los-angeles-S2GJ8X
Lesley performing in StanD!
Lesley is in the cast of StanD, a play to help break the stigma of mental illness. StanD was performed 3 times for different students on January 8th at Northwood High School in Irvine, CA. The cast is currently gearing up for their next performance on February 24th at the Filipino Well Being Training Summit at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown LA.
Lesley Asistio Awarded Puffin Foundation Theatre Grant!
Lesley was awarded a 2016 Puffin Foundation Theatre Grant to develop her lastest solo performance, Nurse Asistio: Living the Filipina American Dream! In an attempt to fulfill her mother's hopes for her to become a nurse, a Filipina woman tries to attain the American Dream while still staying true to her roots. Nurse Asistiois a multi-character, surrealist/ absurdist-comedy about happiness, dreams, relationships, and self-actualization. It also deconstructs the multi-generational effects of immigrant experiences and the American Dream through clowning, physical theatre, and the manipulation of props. Nurse Asistio had a sold-out run at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June 2017. Nurse Asistio was also officially accepted into the Outdoor Voices Festival. She performed it at the Chromolume Theatre at the Attic in September.
Now touring... Be: Jesus + Drugs = Beauty
Lesley is currently touring her solo performance, Be: Jesus + Drugs = Beauty. In 2015, she performed it at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and the ZooTown Fringe Festival in Missoula, Montana. Beis a 15-character, one-woman serio-comedy that deals with addiction, relationships, spirituality, self-love, and many other issues relevant to the Recovery community. G, a fairy-like English woman, leads 7 different recreational drugs through a 7-step recovery program. As these personified drugs recover from their addiction to Be, they tell her testimony of how God brought her out of Hell (a.k.a. her drug addiction) and into the light.
"FOUR STARS (Highest Rating). Lesley Asistio gives a powerful performance…It is a personal, brave, in-your-face dissertation of the seductive appeal of illicit drugs. She leaves the audience slack-jawed and on the edge of their seats.“ -Todd David Schwartz, KRLA Radio
“Lesley Asistio’s Be is a Masterpiece of Theatre: Although the entire play is a masterpiece in storytelling, the final scenes are what grab the audience by the throat and give them a jolt–a perfect climax to an interesting and unique storyline. Without giving away the story, Be is one of the most powerful productions this reviewer has seen and…one of the best Fringe shows ever.” -Robert Leggett, Indie Voice Blog
Here's an interview about Be: Jesus + Drugs = Beauty on Wake Up Missoula!