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 Gay 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. Not My First Pandemic is his first full length solo performance. It was recently presented as a workshop performance at the Brava Theatre in San Francisco in June 2021. The second project, Are You Mahu?, looks at his growing up Gay in Hawaii and the impact that the community of māhū wahine had on his coming out.
César is a 2021 artist-in-residence at the Queer Cultural Center. He is also a recipient of a 2020/2021 Individual Artist Commission grant 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. César also serves on the Advisory Board of the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District.