Is it easier to accept a sibling's cruel nature if it is steeped in the supernatural?
Written by Boni B Alvarez
Directed by Thomas O'Leary
Ellen D. Williams
"BLOODLETTING is a Magical Realism spin-off of my kitchen-sink play DUSTY DE LOS SANTOS. As DUSTY was a large ensemble piece, I found that there were so many characters that I just didn't get to spend enough time with. I lifted Farrah and Bosley from the ensemble and gave them a journey of their own. What resulted is an exploration of the bond siblings share set against the mystical, yet grounded belief Filipinos have in aswangs (witches)."
Synopsis: In BLOODLETTING, siblings Farrah and Bosley Legazpi are forced to make a journey back to the Motherland. Their father's last wish was for his ashes to be sprinkled in the newly minted 'natural wonder' – the Underground River of Palawan in the Philippines. During the tension-filled journey, the two must sort out their father's affairs as well as their own relationship. When they discover that one of them is an aswang (a Filipino witch), 30+ years of feelings come to a boil. Is it easier to accept a sibling's cruel nature if it is steeped in the supernatural?