Women Playwrights of Diversity: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook

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LINDA FAIGAO-HALL

( 1948- )


BIOGRAPHY

Linda Faigao-Hall received a BA in English literature and theater arts in 1969 from Silliman University in the Philippines. She attended New York University, where she earned an MA in English literature, and studied educational theatre at Bretton Hall College in Wakefield, England. She is currently a doctoral candidate in educational theatre at NYU. In addition to her classwork and playwriting, Faigao-Hall works as an English language instructor at the College of New Rochelle and is director of Management Information Systems at New York's Sheltering Arms Children's Service.

Faigao-Hall has participated in playwriting workshops at the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center, the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Pan-Asian Theatre Company, and the Basement Workshop. She is a member of the Women's Project Playwrights Lab and lives in Brooklyn, New York.


PLAY DESCRIPTIONS

Linda Faigao-Hall draws on both her own Philippine roots and her experiences in America for her work. State without Grace is a multigenerational study in family conflict. Although the play is set in the Philippines, the universality of the story transcends ethnic and geographical boundaries. Dominating the home is the tradition-bound matriarch of the family who controls every aspect of her family's lives. Her rebellious granddaughter, Celia, returns home from the United States and sparks a series of confrontations in which the younger characters struggle to assert their individual identities.

In the comedic Lay of the Land, a Filipino political émigré searches for an apartment in New York City on the eve of the 1986 Philippine revolution. After

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