experimental theatre + ethnic/gender activism + a dash of good lovin' = OUCH!
Lesley Birthed a BABY!!!
Introducing...Glory Anne Asistio!!! Born Sunday, May 20th at 5:02pm: 8 lbs, 1 oz, 18 inches long. Becoming preggers has got to be the best career move Lesley has EVER made. She signed on with a commercial agent, went on several auditions, and booked 6 paid acting gigs all because she had a fetus dancing on her bladder. Lesley just finished maternity leave and is up and running again, but now with baby in tow. So if you're looking for a gorgeous solo mom/baby girl duo for your next project, they are currently available for booking.
Roller CoastersSelected as Top 8!
A Filipina-American girl’s father takes the family on a road trip in an attempt to distract her mother from her romance with another woman.
Lesley's monologue, Roller Coasters, was selected as one of the Top 8 for the RAW BiTES '18 workshop. Curated from submissions from writers all over the world, The Road-Trip Monologues is a RAW BiTES '18 page-to-stage production of new writing for stage.
8 newly minted & performance-crafted monologues (via a workshop process & a 4-week rehearsal period) are brought to life by the RAW BiTES '18 Actors Ensemble onstage at The Zephyr Theatre over a 3-week season.
Diverse & international in perspective and scope, RAW BiTES '18 crosses the spectrum of human experience in this surprising, funny, and heart-felt collection of new writing for stage curated, produced, and directed by Jane Edwina Seymour.
"Road trips as a whole can either be fun or become a panic. Whatever the case, the traveling showcases that exist out of the millions of trips taken in a given time window, only these eight stand out among them all. And no GPS app is even required–or a road map for those that travel the classic way!" -Rich Borowy, Accessibly Live Off-line
The Road Trip Monologues were performed on July 6-22 at the Zephyr Theatre in Hollywood.
Now touring... Be: Jesus + Drugs = Beauty!
Lesley is currently touring her one-woman-show, Be: Jesus + Drugs = Beauty. On April 13th, she performed Be at the Luckman Amphitheatre at Cal State L.A.In 2015, Be was presented 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, peer pressure, 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 on Wake Up Missoula!
Lesley in StanD!
Lesley played the role of Pat in Christopher Aguilar's 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. On February 24th, StanD was presented at the Filipino Well Being Training Summit at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown L.A. On March 23rd, StanD was performed as a staged reading at Cal State L.A. for Heidi Tuason's "Introduction to Community Health Care Programs" class.
Read more about StanD in the Inquirer!!! Full article available at: http://usa.inquirer.net/12010/play-takes-stand-mental-health-awareness
Lesley in The Vagina Monologues!
Lesley performed in Girl Theatre Group's production of The Vagina Monologues on February 17th & 24th at IO West in Hollywood. She presented her original monologue, Peaches, as part of the Spotlight Monologue Series. All proceeds from this show benefited Peace Over Violence, a nonprofit 501c3, multicultural, community-based, and volunteer-centered organization dedicated to building healthy relationships, families, and communities free from sexual, domestic, and interpersonal violence.