This past Monday, Kababayan LA aired Janelle So’s interview with Filipino-Americans Jennie Kwan and Giovanni Ortega of TEA, WITH MUSIC, now playing thru Sunday, December 9 at East West Players. If you were unable to watch it, check out the videos below!

Jennie Kwan plays Teruko Mackenzie, a cheerful woman who skillfully maintains a veneer of sweet politeness and who is devoted to her husband and daughter.  This is Kwan’s debut performance on the East West Players stage.

Giovanni Ortega is the choreographer of TEA, WITH MUSIC. He considers East West Players as his artistic home where he was commissioned to write the EWP Theater for Youth production ALLOS: The Story of Carlos Bulson and debuted on the East West Players stage in 2005’s IMELDA as Ferdinand Marcos.

Kababayan LA will feature Joan Almedilla, who plays Himiko Hamilton in TEA, WITH MUSIC, on tomorrow’s program so be sure to check it out! For more information, visit

(Part I)

(Part II)