Chuck plays various roles in Dogeaters: Freddie Gonzaga, Severo "Chuchi" Alacran, Boom Boom Alacran and Ka Edgar.
If you could play another character in Dogeaters who would you choose? Why?
Perlita, no doubt! A drag queen with a heart of gold who carries a butterfly knife. What's not to love?
What are you most looking forward to about this production?
Seeing it all come together! We have been rehearsing our scenes as a super talented production team is building sounds, lighting design, and video, on top of a set that is really transport the audience to Manila. When these layers come together it's going to be MIND BLOWING.
What has the rehearsal process been like for you?
Inspirational. Watching Loretta direct this is a wonderful beast of a play with a cast of 15 actors is awe-inspiring. Talk about controlled chaos! The work her team has put in to honor this story and the Filipino culture is incredible...and this CAST! So much TALENT! We've quickly formed an amazing family of trust and mutual respect. We work hard but we have so much fun! To see all these local actors of color working tirelessly to bring this story to life is nothing short of wondrous.
How did you first get involved in the project?
I had the honor of being part of the first reading at the A.C.T Costume shop two years ago. I can't believe I now get to be in the show! (Someone pinch me!)
Why do you think it is important that we produce this play today? How do you think it will resonate with a contemporary audience?
Yes! Filipinos are a huge part of the Bay Area. This story gives insight into our incredibly complicated country, influenced by centuries of invasion and occupation, through some very rich characters. (Go Jessica!) But on top of this, we are at a time where cultural diversity in entertainment is in question. Producing a show of this caliber that showcases a wealth of local talent of color moves this industry forward in a positive way. BRAVO MAGIC!
How did you get into acting, what was your first gig?
A few years out of college I took an acting class with Asian American Theater Company and fell in LOVE! Later, I was lucky enough to be cast in their production of Cowboy vs. Samurai by Michael Golamco.