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His is a Cage

by Blake Bonilla

Thursday, May 4 @ 2:30 PM
Saturday, May 6 @ 8 PM
Sunday, May 7 @ 2:30 PM

When Paul returns home from 10 years of incarceration, he returns to his family’s home to find them fighting over their parents’ property. Only wanting to turn over a new leaf and marry his high school sweetheart, Paul must now confront the family’s pent-up conflicts since arriving in the States in this tale of the pitfalls of the American dream from a new perspective.

About the Playwright

Blake Bonilla (he/they/she) is a Filipinx-Costa Rican-American playwright from Lakewood, CA. He spent 5 years getting a B.A. in English (Creative Writing) from CSULB in the heart of southern California. They have made their professional stage debut in a reading of Alice Tuan’s Cock’s Crow at East West Players. Blake has also seen her work read at East West Players, after frequently taking classes from the prestigious David Henry Hwang Writers Institute. Blake’s plays reflect his views on gender, sexuality, and a hint of violence to keep the heart beating. A lifelong musician, they have begun their path as a budding composer for musical theater.

About the New Plays Festival
Columbia University School of the Arts presents an expanded festival of new plays written by Columbia MFA Playwriting Students. The esteemed faculty who have nurtured these students, including Tony©, Pulitzer, and Obie Award winners such as Leslie AyvazianDavid Henry HwangLynn NottageCharles Mee, and Rogelio Martinez, invite you to experience these innovative new playwrights.

Organized by Leslie Ayvazian, Theatre.


May 04 2023


2:30 pm - 4:00 pm


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Formats (virtual, in person, hybrid)



Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W. 129 Street


Columbia University - Lenfest Center for the Arts
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