about becky and baldwin

Becky and Baldwin is a production company dedicated to the creation of new plays and films. Founded in 2015 by Mara De La Rosa and Nicholas Pilapil, Becky and Baldwin aims to produce plays and films that are funny, strange and provocative. Their inaugural production was the world premiere of Real Love written and directed by Mara De La Rosa. The play had an extended sold out run at the award-winning Fountain Theatre, in Los Angeles, during the summer of 2015. Their follow up production was Other Playsan evening of short plays by Mari Assad, Mara De La Rosa, Rosie Narasaki, and Nicholas Pilapil, in the fall of 2016, at Collective Arts Incubator.

 

In 2017, Becky and Baldwin released their acclaimed first film, I Don't Love Youdirected by Mara De La Rosa with a screenplay by Nicholas Pilapil. The film premiered at the 2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and was official selections of Fil-Am Creative's Fil-Am Creations: A Filmmaker Movement and the Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival. Continuing their foray into new media projects, Becky and Baldwin released their web series, A Day in the Life, in 2018. A faux-reality series, A Day in the Life gives a slice of life look at the lives of Becky and Baldwin—and all the hilarious, awkward and pathetic moments in it.

 

Becky and Baldwin launched their podcast Dealing in 2019. In this comedic health and wellness podcast, Mara De La Rosa and Nicholas Pilapil explore how people are dealing with mental and physical health issues. Together with their guests, they openly discuss personal experiences, ways to thrive, and help to breakdown the stigma of our illnesses. Season two of Dealing launched in the Spring of 2020 as part of the Accidental Information Collective.

Founder bios

Mara De La Rosa is a writer, director, and producer. She is the creator of the web series "BAES Welcome," which she also stars in and writes. Her short films include I Don’t Love You (Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Fil-Am Creations: A Filmmaker Movement, Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival) BASTARD (Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival), I Like Femme Lesbians (Outfest, North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Outfest FUSION Jury Prize Honorable Mention), Bakla Ako, and Ugh, Straight Girls (Outfest FUSION).

 

She is also the producer of the short film Called Home (Outfest, NewFest NYC, Mardi Gras Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival). In 2017, she co-founded Queenfest LA, an annual International Women’s Day variety show benefiting organizations supporting women throughout Los Angeles. Mara was a fellow at Loyola Marymount University’s Incubator Lab at Film Independent and an OutSet fellow at Outfest. Other projects include an extended sold-out run of her play Real Love at the award-winning Fountain Theatre. maradelarosa.com

 

Nicholas Pilapil is a Filipino American producer and playwright. As a producer, he is passionate about developing new works by AAPI writers, and has been an Artists at Play producing member since 2013. Nicholas has produced developmental readings at the National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (2016) and Victory Gardens Theater (2018), After Orlando for East West Players, Real Love (world premiere) at the Fountain Theatre, Exhibit: Frida (world premiere) for Long Beach State University, and the new play festival Other Plays, among others. 

As an arts administrator, Nicholas specializes in marketing and communications, and has worked at Long Beach Opera, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and South Coast Repertory. In 2018, Nicholas led the panel The Room Where It Happens (How to Survive a PWI as a POC) at the National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival in Chicago.

Nicholas’ plays have been developed/performed with Artists at Play, Becky and Baldwin, East West Players, Fountain Theatre, Fresh Produce’d LA, Playwrights Foundation, and The Vagrancy. His short films have also played at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival and Outfest FUSION, among others. He is a member of the IAMA Theatre Under 30 Playwrights Lab and 2019 artEquity cohort and is a 2019-20 Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights Diversity Fellow. Nicholas is a co-founder of Becky and Baldwin and the co-host of the Dealing podcast. nicholaspilapil.com