#SandboxNoFilter

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So I’m in a play again.

It’s been 7-8 years since I was last on stage, thanks to Toff de Venecia and The Sandbox Collective, I return to my favorite playground once again.

No Filter is all about Millennials. If you don’t know what a millennial is (I didn’t know either), it’s someone who is born in the 1980s to 2000s. Basically, we’re the ones who are stuck to our phones for 80% of our waking moments, sharing our lives through Facebook, Twitter, instagram and whatever other social networking app there is.

The play is a monologue series written by some of the best writers of our generation. Where we talk about social media activism, dating in this era, having to get a job that didn’t match your childhood dream, being more connected to people yet also being disconnected from people, coming of age and all the other troubles that come with being alive.

And if there’s one thing that’s stood out for me is that although we have different views, the deeper cry is the same. We long to be understood. We long to be accepted. We long to be loved. And our parents, being Gen X where they had to do things a certain way or they had to live a certain way, those rules no longer apply to us. We live in a world where almost any moment of our lives can be captured on video or photo and be forever included in the annals of the Internet. Our greatest triumphs and our lowest failings can be captured not only by us but also by other people. And that’s scary. One mistake thought private, can suddenly explode and go viral. See Cecil the Lion, all those top gear posts or those celebrities caught on video during embarrassing moments.

Our parents messed up too. But they didn’t have to deal with their mistake being common knowledge the next day. So while we may have the maximum amount of friends possible on Facebook, there’s also the fact that there are times we can feel more alone than we ever have before.

I thought that we were just telling stories of what it’s like to be a millennial. After reading a few reviews I now know that not only are we telling stories, we’re telling fellow millennials, “hey, you aren’t alone, we’re just like you”. Some of generation X who watch this show don’t understand anything at all. While there are other Gen X who have said that they understand their kids more now and that knowledge will help them be better parents.

We have much to learn from Gen X. They have decades of wisdom and experience that they can impart on us. The problem is that Gen X and Gen Y is that we have trouble communicating. Hopefully this play can bridge the gap between us and finally fill the empty spaces we try to fill with likes and retweets.

And for those Gen Y who feel like they’re more alone than they’ve ever been in their lives: keep your chins up. Things get better. They always will. It won’t always be dark. You won’t always be alone. Life sucks. But it will always get better.

We have some beautifully written and honest monologues that will make you laugh, make you cry and make you see that you are not alone. I have learned so much about myself and my generation because of this show.

No Filter: Let’s Talk About Me is on its last weekend at RCBC. Starring Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Saab Magalona, Cai Cortez, Sarah Facuri, Lauren Young, Micah Muñoz, Mikael Daez, and myself.

I am very happy to say once again, see you all at the theater!