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Jorshinelle Taleon-Sonza


Biography

Jorshinelle Taleon-Sonza has lived in the United States for more than three decades yet considers the Philippines her home. She was born and raised in Manila. She loves to write about the Filipino experience in America, particularly about the lives of domestic helpers, suburban housewives, and hospital workers who confront issues about homelessness, racial discrimination, and exile. She received an MFA in Playwriting at Actor’s Studio, New School. She also holds a Ph.D. in Post-Colonial Literature from Drew University. But she considers the University of the Philipppines her first and cherished alma mater. She is a recipient of the Palanca Award.
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The plays start out deceptively innocently—with the death of a dog, a funeral, a routine investigation, two women having a ...