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Meet Lesley Asistio

Lesley Asistio


Email Address: thevmwproject@gmail.com
Web Address: www.facebook.com/thevmwproject

Plays By Lesley Asistio

Another Song for MaRegrets
The Va-Jay-Jay ChroniclesThe VMW 2009: Image
White Butterflies & Crying Myself to Sleep



Lesley Asistio was born in a pink military hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii.  After being raised in Oxnard, California in the typical Filipino American family (Navy dad, nurse mom, 2.5 kids), Lesley rebelled by becoming an artist.  In hopes of becoming the Filipina Lucy Liu, Lesley moved to L.A. to study acting at the Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy.  However, after becoming jaded by "The Industry," Lesley transferred to Cal State L.A. where she became enamored with ethnic, gender, and performance studies.

In addition to a bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts & Dance, Lesley developed her voice through the 2006 KC/ACTF Playwriting Intensive in Washington, D.C. and the 2007 CSU Summer Arts Solo Performance Workshop in Fresno, California.  A writer/director/actor/solo performer, Lesley has self-produced several shows: Regrets, Roller Coasters, White Butterflies & Crying Myself to Sleep, GiRL7, America's Next Top Solo Performers, The VirginMotherWhore Project Mini, The VMW 2009: Image, and The Va-Jay-Jay Chronicles.

Regrets, her first one-act play, was produced in 2007 at the Nest Theatre (Cal State L.A.'s experimental student-run theatre); was presented as a Play Lab reading at the 2008 Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska; was further developed in the 3ofaKind Theatre Company's Season 7 Playwriting Workshop in North Hollywood; and was presented as part of Askew Theatre Company's night of one-act plays in the Sherry Theatre in North Hollywood in October 2008.  Lesley was also a finalist in the 2008 ALAP Dramapocalypto! Monologue Slam.  In addition, her thesis project, The VirginMotherWhore Project, was produced at the Hollywood Fight Club Theater from June to July 2010. 

Supported by a Graduate Equity Fellowship at her Alma Mater, Lesley concluded her education with a master's degree with an emphasis in Theatre for Women of Color.  After she graduated in 2010, Lesley has had the pleasure of working with several established theatre companies and performance artists including Towne Street Theatre, the Hollywood Fight Club Theater, the Secret Rose Theatre, Cornerstone Theater Company, TeAda Productions, the Company of Angels, Highways Performance Space, Kristina Wong, D’Lo, and Marina Abramovic.  Lesley is a proud member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights (ALAP).

Lesley is will be performing a hilarious piece entitled “Praying for Chlamydia” in Teatro Luna’s A Coquettish Comedy Cabaret, MARIMACHAS on Friday, April 10th at 8pm at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.  Her modern Latino tragedy Pure will be produced by t he Company of Angeles in their Annual 10-Minute Play Festival, L.A.Views: At Your Service about the untold stories of service workers in the Los Angeles are.  Pure reveals the horrors and corruption of the carwash industry in Los Angeles through the affair of a carwashero and his sexy manager.  L.A. Views runs at The Hayward in Downtown L.A. April 16th-May 18th.

Lesley will also be performing in the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival with her latest solo performance Be: Jesus + Drugs = Beauty in June at the Elephant Studio.  Be is one woman’s testimony about how God brought her out of the depths of Hell (a.k.a. her drug addiction) and into the Light.  G (as in G.O.D.) a fairy-like English woman, takes 7 different recreational drugs through a 7-step recovery program.  You’ll meet Mary Jane, Rock, Snow, Molly, Cid, Kay, and Crystal.   They will tell you the tale about Be and her boyfriend Ben and their addictive personalities and relationships.  You’ll never you at rehab the same again! 

Lesley is currently raising money to produce her Hollywood Fringe show.  I you would like to contribute to her Pay It Square fundraiser, please visit: https://www.payitsquare.com/fundraiser/63711.  For more information or to contact her, please email thevmwproject@gmail.com.