G Töngi and Jose Antonio Vargas to Host Talkback at East West Players

Los Angeles – Digital platform Emerging Us and its founder Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and film documentarian, join Giselle “G” Töngi of LA18’s Kababayan Today for a talkback series at East West Players on Friday, Feb. 26 to discuss “Criers For Hire”, a new comedy play written by Giovanni Ortega and directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera. Vargas and Töngi, who also co-stars in the play, will lead the post-show discussion, which will takes place immediately after Friday’s 8:00 PM performance. Ortega and the rest of the cast will also participate.

“Criers For Hire” follows the story of three professional funeral criers in Monterey Park, who eagerly welcome a 14-year-old girl from the Philippines into their world. However, they soon realize that the girl has the opposite effect on people, making them laugh instead of cry. What ensues is a hilarious and heartwarming story of cultural identity, generational conflict, and finding home in a new country.



Vargas will host the talkback on behalf of Emerging US, a news organization dedicated to an emerging America where the racial conversation is beyond black-and-white and includes Latinos, Asians, biracial and multi-ethnic people. Fans can participate in Friday’s “Criers for Hire” talkback series by purchasing tickets here. The play runs through March 13. LA18 is a proud sponsor of East West Player, the nation’s premier Asian American theater.

LA18’s Kababayan Today, hosted by G Töngi, is America’s first and only daily talk show for and about the Filipino American community. The show provides a platform for discussion of significant local and international issues by featuring informational coverage, exceptional interviews and distinguished guests. The show remains the only Filipino media outlet in Southern California and Hawaii (syndicated on KIKU-TV) to engage with the community at large daily. The highly acclaimed talk show is the nation’s longest running locally produced daily program that has consistently served the needs of devoted viewers by providing resources relevant to Filipino Americans to help them thrive in the U.S.

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