World Premiere Comedy

Criers For Hire

By Giovanni Ortega
Directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera

February 11, 2016 thru March 13, 2016

“…told humorously and movingly, with fresh colors and details.” – Los Angeles Times

“…a pitch-perfect climax that mixes laughter and tears…” – LA Downtown News

“A hilarious heartwarming cultural triumph” – Asian Journal

Aurora, Remedios, and Eugenia are three of the most sought-after professional funeral criers in Monterey Park. They are eager to welcome Aurora’s 14-year-old daughter Ligaya (nicknamed Gaya) from the Philippines into their world and teach her their somber trade. However, they soon realize that Gaya 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.

Criers for Hire is produced with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

In community partnership with Asia Society and FilAm Arts.

Media sponsors include Asian Journal and LA 18 TV.

Running time: 90 minutes with no intermission.


(In alphabetical order)

Creative Team

Set Design by Christopher Scott Murillo
Lighting Design by R. Christopher Stokes
Costume Design by Mylette Nora
Sound Design and Original Music by Howard Ho
Prop Master and Projection Designs by Lily Bartenstein
Stage Manager: Alyssa Escalante

February 11, 2016 thru March 13, 2016

Preview Performances

Previews are Thursday, February 11; Friday, February 12; and Saturday, February 13 (all at 8 p.m.), and Sunday, February 14, at 2 p.m.

Opening Night

A ticket to opening night on Wednesday, February 17, at 8 p.m. includes a 7 p.m. pre-performance cocktail reception and a post-show reception with the cast and creative team. (Call EWP for ticket prices and availability.)

Pay-What-You-Can Performance

Thursday, February 18, at 8 p.m.

Post-Show Discussion

Sunday, February 28, at 2 p.m.

A chat with the performers and creative team immediately follows the show.

Wine Down Fridays

A complimentary glass of red or white wine will be served before the Friday show during the regular performance run. (Interested parties must be 21 years of age or older to drink).

Tickets to Criers for Hire are on sale now! Buy tickets here or call Box Office at (213) 625-7000 x20.

Production Photos


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Come out to the Theater to Watch “Criers For Hire”

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This FilAm Play, “Criers for Hires” is not just for Filipinos even though lines are in Tagalog!

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The story of “Criers for Hire” opening at the East West Players this 17th of February 2016 (via Kabayan Today)

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Get to know the creatives of a new Filipino American Play called “Criers For Hire”(via Kabayan Today)

As a veteran actor, writer, & director for East West Players (EWP) productions like ALLOS, Giovanni Ortega shares his latest creation entitled Criers for Hire for the beginning of the 2016 season. (via Kababayan Today)

Volunteer as an usher and see the show the same day! Ushers are needed for every performance during the run of Criers for Hire. Sign up today >>