Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — SF Bay Area actress Giovannie Espiritu challenges perceptions of Asian women in her role as a gender-fluid Filipina in Dyke Central a new series targeted for LOGO, a Cable TV channel that targets the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities. Espiritu plays Gin, an integral character in the gender and ethnically diverse cast. Gin offers a very different gender-expression experience for viewers compared to the other main characters in the series – a self-identified butch lesbian, a bisexual woman and a lesbian femme.
“This whole project has made me question what is real in people’s perceptions of attractiveness,” said Espiritu. “We are surrounded today by images of what we are ‘supposed’ to think is sexy or desirable. It was a revelation to me when someone told me I was ‘hot’ as Gin because I felt so not-what-we-are-taught is attractive, in terms of being a female. That opened my eyes. I think this series will do the same for others as they witness the lives of the characters unfold.”
Dyke Central is a dramedy, based in Oakland, which centers on 30-something butch roommates Alex and Gin. The first season sees Alex attempting to sustain her dysfunctional relationship with girlfriend Jackie, in the face of new life options and the resurfacing of an old flame. Gin, on the other hand, is a chameleon whose identity changes with every new interest and who tends to lose herself in others. Surrounded by a diverse group of friends who guide, challenge and support them, Alex and Gin struggle to adapt to change and create balance in their lives without losing themselves.
Dyke Central premieres Thursday, October 6, at The Renaissance Grand Lake Theater in Oakland at 7:00pm.
The premiere is sponsored by the Brown Boi Project. It will be hosted by D’Lo (a queer Tamil Sri L.A.nkan-American, political theatre artist/writer, director, comedian and music producer) and will include a fashion show featuring the new MoC clothing line – Marimacho; Distinguished Cravat; and Young & Faithful. There will also be musical performances from such talents as Jurni Rayne plus the opportunity to meet the cast in person, as well as mingle with special guests such as Rose Troche (director/producer of Go Fish, The L Word).
For more information and to puchase tickets ($20 for general admission or $50 for VIP passes) visit http://mynahfilms.chipin.com/dyke-central
ABOUT GIOVANNIE ESPIRITU
Giovannie Espiritu was nominated alongside Academy Award Nominees Alfre Woodard and Amy Irving for BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS at Methodfest for the Mynah Films feature film, “Fiona’s Script.” Her PRIMETIME credits include a recurring role on ER (NBC), BONES (FOX), GILMORE GIRLS (ABC), and TRAUMA (NBC). She has voiced characters in international video games and cartoons, directed several theater productions at the Herbst Theater and produced two films and a pilot through her own production company, Desert Rose Media.
She is also founder of http://www.TheYoungActorsWorkshop.com and http://www.SFActorsWorkshop.com, a school for people (kids and adults) who are serious about working in film & television. Her students have worked on shows such as TRAUMA, screen tested for the Ben Stiller film, “Little Fockers,” and are represented by the top agencies in the Bay Area and Los Angeles including: JE Talent, Stars, Look, Ford, Marla Dell, Boom Models and Talent, All American Rascals, and William Morris Endeavor.
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