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The Fire In Me

  • San Diego, CA 92139 (map)
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EVENT: “ The Fire In Me” by Thelma Virata De Castro


March 2 @ 2pm at Skyline Hills Library in San Diego

March 10 @ 2pm at Central Library in San Diego

March 16 @ 2pm Scripps Miramar Ranch Library in San Diego




The Fire in Me--A Theatrical Exploration of Domestic Violence in San Diego's Filipino Community

In partnership with Asian Story Theater and Access Inc., playwright Thelma Virata de Castro interviewed diverse community members and wrote the play “The Fire in Me” based on these interviews. The interviewees include survivors, immigrants, family members, community leaders, and experts working in the field. Performed by professional actors, the play and following panel invite discussion about the topic of domestic violence in the context of culture, immigration status and gender roles. Produced in collaboration with MaArte Theatre Collective and Philippine Consulate, San Diego County.

Synopsis: Lark, a Filipino American college student, lands an internship at a legal clinic for immigrant survivors of domestic violence. When her work triggers recognition of trauma in her own past, she retreats into the world of the Filipino soap opera The Fire in Me. Her family, friends, and the helpers around her fight to get her back. 

Includes Merienda (Filipino refreshments), Performance and Panel Discussion with experts.

Mature content. Recommended for ages 18 and up.

This program was made possible thanks to grant support from The San Diego Foundation, and support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of California Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

VENUE for March 2 performance: Skyline Hills Library, 7900 Paradise Valley Road, San Diego, CA 92139

VENUE for March 10 performance: Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101

VENUE for March 16 performance: Scripps Miramar Ranch Library Auditorium, 10301 Scripps Lake Drive, San Diego, CA 92131

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