The FAYTs (Filipino American Young Turks)
Robert Francis Flor
The FAYTS traces the ambitions of a group of young, Seattle-area Filipinos during the
early seventies who seek to empower and raise the stature of Filipinos through the
political process. When a State Senate seat opens in their progressive district, Ben
Adama, the protagonist, declares his interest.
A community activist, Ben has surrounded himself with a group of loyal friends, known
as the Filipino American Young Turks (The FAYTS). His skeptical, reluctant, but
otherwise supportive wife, Ava, agrees to take manage the family while he pursues his
Ben and his friends lack the financial capability for a campaign. Sensing an opportunity,
Sitan Helel, a powerful conservative Senator, sends forth Aswang Iblis, another Senator
and friend to the FAYTs to recruit Ben. Through Aswang, Helel offers Ben and
substantial financial support and consultants. Mara Hukluban, a beautiful, intelligent,
young woman and daughter of Sitan is assigned as consultant. But, she and others are not
as they appear.
The FAYTs was inspired by an actual political campaign. It explores questions of good
and evil, loyalty and the price of ambition though the use of mythology and folklore,
primarily Filipino in genesis. Characters morph between real and mythic worlds in this
play that pits personal ambition and power against ideals and family.