Red Turnip Theater Launches Fourth Season with Tribes


Red Turnip Theater now mounts their most captivating season yet, kicking the Fourth Season off with the offbeat love story TRIBES.


Tribes is a thoughtful yet funny portrayal of how one family navigates the fact that their son Billy is deaf. Billy’s unconventional family has tried to raise him as part of the hearing world and neglected to adopt sign language in their home. Now Billy has returned from university and is again struggling to integrate into his hearing family. When Billy meets Sylvia, a young woman who is becoming deaf and been raised by a deaf family, he finally discovers what it means to be heard. She teaches Billy sign language and exposes him to a whole new community of others who are deaf or going deaf. Tribes follows Billy’s attempt to be a part of many worlds at once: his family’s, Sylvia’s, and the Deaf community, all while striving to find his own identity. As he grapples with his own identity, we, too, are forced to ask questions about the meaning of belonging, community, and family.

Clockwise: Topper Fabregas (director), Dolly de Leon, Teroy Guzman, Cris Pasturan, Angela Padilla, Kalil Almonte, Thea Yrastorza


Nina Raine is an English director and playwright who began her career as a director-in-training at the Royal Court Theatre after graduating from the University of Oxford. She dramaturged and directed Unprotected at the Liverpool Everyman (TMA Best Director Award, Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award) and her debut play, Rabbit, premiered at the Old Red Lion Theatre in 2006 and transferred to the West End before going to New York. Rabbit won the Charles Wintour Evening Standard and Critics Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright. Nina also directed her second play, Tiger Country, at Hampstead Theatre. She directed Jumpy at the Royal Court Theatre, later transferring to the West End, and Shades (Critics Circle and Evening Standard Awards for Most Promising Newcomer).

Director Topper Fabregas


Tribes, written by Nina Raine, had its world premiere at the Royal Court Theatre in London, England on October 14, 2010. Tribes went on to successfully premiere Off-Broadway in North America at the Barrow Street Theatre in New York on March 4, 2012. The play was then performed at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles from February to April 2013, La Jolla Playhouse from June to July 2013, and the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota from October to November 2013.

Tribes has been nominated for many awards including six Lucille Lortel awards, four Outer Critics Circle awards, and two Drama League awards. The London production of Tribes was nominated for an Olivier award for Best Play. In addition to all of its nominations, Tribes is the winner of several awards including the 2012 Drama Desk award for Outstanding Play, the 2012 New York Drama Critics Circle award, and the 2012 Off-Broadway Alliance award for Best Play.

Cast and Creative Team

Kalil Almonte as Billy


Angela Padilla as Sylvia


Cris Pasturan as Daniel


Teroy Guzman as Christopher


Dolly de Leon as Beth


Thea Yrastorza as Ruth

Director: Topper Fabregas
Set Design: Ed Lacson
Production Design and Costume: Marta Lovina
Lighting Design: John Batalla
Sound Design: Teresa Barrozo
Sign Language Instructor: John Xandre Baliza

Show Details

August 4 – Thursday – 8PM (Press Night)
August 5 – Friday – 9PM (Opening Night)
August 6 – Saturday – 8PM
August 7 – Sunday – 4PM

August 19 – Friday – 9PM
August 20 – Saturday – 4PM & 8PM
August 21 – Sunday – 4PM

August 26 – Friday – 9PM
August 27 – Saturday – 4PM & 8PM
August 28 – Sunday – 4PM

September 2 – Friday – 9PM
September 3 – Saturday – 4PM & 8PM
September 4 – Sunday – 4PM & 8PM

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