What's with the moth?
A fabulous question! In Pilipino culture, we believe that when moths appear to us, an ancestor is visiting. In writing my first play about the passing of my grandfather, I found that moths actually appeared to me in the most pivotal moments in the process this far. The one that gave me the chills the most was when I was spending the summer in Minnesota on an apprenticeship and doing a major rewrite of the play. I was sitting on the back porch of my host family's house and typing away on my laptop when a moth landed on the table beside me. The moth just sat there on the table, perfectly still for nearly 30 minutes then flew away. Maybe it is just legend, but it reminds me that I am who I am and where I am today all because of ancestors like my grandfather and they all have stories that I have the privilege to tell.
given art in order to give it away.
Hi there! My name is Alegra Batara (she/they) and I am a multidisciplinary artist and activist based in St. Louis. I'm a recent graduate of The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University where I earned my BFA in Musical Theatre. For the time being, I am still based in St. Louis with plans to make the big move up to Chicago in January of 2022.
Musical Theatre is my first love but since coming to college, my interests have expanded like crazy. Not only have I fallen in love with contemporary plays, but I've found such an appreciation for classical theatre. I've also taken the directing courses available to performance majors and directed several staged readings to really get practice doing the work.
I have also taken to writing quite a bit. At the end of my sophomore year of college, I premiered a short play entitled Going The Way at Envisage Play Festival which has been edited and expanded on to become the full length play Madaling Sabihin that can be found here. As a playwright, excitement lies in telling stories of imperfect people, universal experiences within a specific cultural lens. I think of this as a way to disrupt the myth that claims that theatre about those of specific backgrounds is not relatable. We are all human beings first. We love, we fight, we lose, and that is true in any language, any community.