Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Trilogy from Ateneo Theater Arts majors, 'Noli/Kanser' from Gantimpala

1. A fundraising project for FA 198 (Seniors’ Creative Project)thesis class of Theatre Arts Majors under Glenn Sevilla Mas at the Ateneo de Manila University, "Pag-Haya" is a trilogy of plays that will feature "Bahay-bahayan" by Jacky delos Reyes, "Tagay" by Jo-Anne Quiros, and "Isang Libong Tula para sa Dibdib ni Dulce" by Layeta Bucoy.

The production, directed by Rayna Reyes, senior Theatre Arts major, will run on August 13, 15, 16, 20, 22, 23 (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) at 7 p.m., with 3 p.m. shows on August 16 and 23, at the Fine Arts Theatre, Gonzaga Hall, Ateneo de Manila University.

Tickets are at P120 each. For inquiries, contact Mik Hirang at 0917-5220905 or e-mail mikhail_hirang@yahoo.com

2. "Noli Me Tangere" comes to life anew in Gantimpala Theater's "Kanser," a stage adaptation penned by Jomar Fleras that started in 1979. This year's version is directed by veteran actress Adriana Agcaoili.

Agcaoili says,” What I like about 'Noli,' now that I am directing it, is that it allows me to discover that it was Dr. Rizal’s call on the Filipino to recover his self-confidence, to appreciate his worth. It is wonderful to note how, through this play made by Jomar Fleras, we get to realize that the novel highlighted the virtues and good qualities of his unspoiled fellow citizens; the modesty and devotion of the Filipina, the hospitality of the Filipino family; the devotion of parents to their children and the children to their parents; the deep sense of gratitude, and the solid common sense of the lowly peasant.”


"Kanser's" cast is made up of Allan Paule (Crisostomo Ibarra, with Jojo Riguerra, alternate), Fame Flores (Maria Clara), Arkin Da Silva (Elias, with Xeno Alejandro, alternate), Manolet Concepcion (Padre Damaso), Dante Balois (Pilosopong Tasyo), Kimberly Diaz (Sisa), Yutaka Yamakawa (Padre Salvi/Padre Sybila, with Troy de Guzman, alternate), Lani Tapia (Doña Victorina), Ethel Bacea (Doña Consolacion), Jose Jeffrey Camañag (Don Tiburcio), Jorge Cabullo (Kapitan Tiago), John Rhoderey Dizon (Basilio), Joshua Matthew Dizon (Crispin), Molts Meneses (Teniente Guevarra) and Joey de Guzman (Mang-Aawit).

Assisting Agcaoili bring Rizal’s novel to the stage are Jose Jeffrey Camañag (assistant director); Andy Villareal (lights designer); Marianne Sedotes (set designer); Darby Dizon (choreographer); Norman Peñaflorida (production manager); Glenda Alday (stage manager) and Tony S. Espejo (artistic director).

Performances are on August 22, 23 and 24, September 12, 13 and 14 (10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the AFP Theater in Quezon City), and on September 5, 6 and 7 (10 a.m. and 2p.m. at the SM Southmall in Las Piñas City).

For information, bookings and ticket reservations, call 8995745, 8963503, 4745198 or email gantimpalaproduction@yahoo.com.ph


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