Writer, Performing Artist
photo by Ivy Yung
"This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.
I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge — even wisdom. Like art."
César Cadabes is a Filipino-American writer, actor and storyteller who has presented his work for the Resilience Archives’ Performing Visible Resilience; Coming to America in May 2017 and Anal Sex in May 2018. He introduced his solo work-in-progress #Resist, directed by Kat Evasco, at Bindlestiff Studio’s 2018 production of Queer as Fuck. #Resist was selected to be performed at the 2018 APAture Performing Arts Showcase, an annual multidisciplinary arts festival celebrating emerging Asian and Pacific Islander artists in San Francisco.
In the summer of 2019, César was selected as a fellow for the Interdisciplinary Writers Lab (IWL), a 3-month, multi-genre master class for local writers of color, a collaboration between Kearney Street Workshop and the Asian Art Museum.
Currently, César is working on two projects. One is to expand his work-in-progress #Resist into a two-part performance. #Resist was created as a response to the intense changes in the cultural, political and social climate of the first two years under the Trump administration. Part I of #Resist2020 will be performed before the election of 2020 and Part II will be performed soon after the election and will continue to speak to current issues and lived experiences, as did the original work. The second project, Are You Mahu?, looks at César’s story about growing up Gay in Hawaii and the impact that the community of mahuwahine had on his coming out.
César is a 2020 artist-in-residence at the Queer Cultural Center. He is also a 2020 Individual Artist Commission grantee from the San Francisco Arts Commission. In addition to his solo performance work, he is the Artistic Director of GAPA Theatre, an intergenerational collective of Queer Asian and Pacific Islander writers and performers.