Regie Cabico & Aileen Cho, the Asian American spoken word/sketch comedy duo known for The Gene Pool, Queer Shoulder To The Wheel and Crouching Cabico, Hidden Cho, celebrate their 10 years of queer friendship—one that stretches across states and states of mind. They stumble into a new era, evoking Jack and Ennis of Brokeback Mountain as muses and metaphor for queer couple dynamics, commitments, careers, love and marriage. From irreverent parodies of Monster’s Ball, the Joy Luck Club & Monster’s Ball to visions of Rice Cream and slanted tampons, Cabico & Cho are the perfect post 9-11 Asian Sonny & Cher—with a Chastity cameo.
About the artists
REGIE CABICO received two NY Innovative Theater Award Nominations for his work with the New York Neo Futurist Production of “Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind” and received the Award for Best Performance Art Production. His plays “Rythmicity”, co-written with UniVerses, Reg E Gaines, Willie Perdomo & Rha Goddess was produced at the 2003 Humana Theater Festival. Union Square was developed at CrossRoads Theater and Kennedy Center Play Lab. His solo show “onomatpoeia and a quarter life crisis in 1 act” received a Top 10 Play Citation at the 1999 Seattle Fringe Festival. He has appeared on two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and starred in the independent film Friend Of Dorothy as part of the Coming Out Trilogy Boys Life Part 1 (Strand Releasing). He received his BFA in Acting from Tisch School of the Arts.
Upon graduating he took top prizes in the 1993, 1994 & 1997 National Poetry Slams and the first Asian American Grand Slam Champion of the Nuyoircan Poets Cafe. His work apapears in over 40 anthologies including Spoken Word Revolution, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry & Slam.
Bust Magazine named him in the 100 Men We Love and A. Magazine ranked him in the new wave of Asian American Stand Up Comedians. He is the recipent of three New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry and Performance Art Fellowships. With Edward Albee, Arthur Miller & Amy Tan, he received The Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award for his contribution to the literary community. He is former artist in residence at NYU’s APA Studies and is the artistic director of Sol & Soul an arts & activist organization in Washington, DC. He recently received a Mid-Atlantic Arts Grant to develop a new theatrical work for The Asian Arts Initiative in 2008.
AILEEN CHO, a Korean American Los Angeles native, found New York City the perfect place to overcome the initial trauma of majoring in theater at Occidental College in 1993-where a single multicultural theater course resulted in the attendance of four Asian American women, including herself, and where students of color were usually relegated to supporting roles as guards, maids and bit parts, often clad in blond wigs. She began to get her bearings again with playwriting courses at East West Players and poetry readings with disOrient Journalzine. Her monologue “Spiderman is Korean” was featured in San Francisco-based Asian American Theater’s Korean American playwright’s festival in 1993.
Uprooted by journalism career opportunities to the East Coast, Aileen’s resurgent performance virus prompted her to haunt poetry readings again. She read at various NYC public libraries, with David Henry Hwang and others at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre’s Asian American Playwright’s Festival, at A Different Light’s Realness & Rhythms series, at the Papp’s Erotica night, and as Best Verbal Vogue winner at the Nuyorican Poet’s Café. She has read for the corporation Prudential and had a snippet featured in the Wall Street Journal.
Aileen was a member of the performance troupe Peeling from 1996 to 2004, writing and directing sketches, monologues and group pieces for dozens of gigs at universities, arts centers, and theaters, and culminating in a solo show “Virginity Monologues” in 2003. Since 1999 she has been privileged to collaborate with Regie Cabico. Together they have cowritten and performed several shows, including Asian Lifetime Channel at Dixon in spring 2000, The Cabico and Cho Show at Here in August 2000, Crouching Cabico, Hidden Cho at Theater Offensive in September 2001, and Dark Thoughts (plus Dan Bacalzo) in 2001.