One Hundred Fifty years ago, Dr. Jose Rizal was born in the Islands of the Philippines. He was a multifaceted intellectual, an award winning poet and writer, a polyglot, a scientist, a Doctor of Medicine specializing in Ophthalmology. But of all his passions and pursuits, the National Hero of the Philippines is best remembered in history, one, as a political activist whose writings inspired the Philippine revolution which ultimately led to his martyrdom by Spanish colonial authorities and two, as a romantic who had many equally-statured loves but found it in the bosom of a common woman, an orphan who was rumored to be a whore and allegedly a spy for the Spanish friars.

As the highlight of the year-long celebration of Dr. Jose Rizal’s 150th birthday, SamaSama Project and Circa-Pintig presents a world premiere contemporary musical that shows a glimpse of a his personal life with his foreign (Irish Hong Kong) born wife, Josephine Bracken with Rizal’s Sweet Stranger, Untold Stories of Josephine Bracken the Musical based on the award winning play by Sir Anril P. Tiatco, set to music by Dr. Cleofe  Guangko Casambre  and William Elvin Manzano, Music Direction by SamaSama Project’s own Baron Lloyd Cabalona and brought to life by director, Anton Juan.

Sweet Stranger is an original contemporary musical theatre piece, asking the question: is Josephine Bracken just one of Rizal’s many famed loves who happened to be his last or was she part of the revolutionary track of the Filipino Nation being the National Hero’s wife?

August 26 – 8pm and  August 27 – 3pm and 730p
Niles West High School Auditorium
5701 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077

TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE JUNE 15!    FOR INFO, CALL 708-528-6321 or email