“Hiblang Abo” (2nd prize, 1980 CCP Playwriting Contest), is about the grief, weariness, fears and sadness of Huse, Pedro, Blas and Sotero, four men who live inside a home for the aged.
Tony Espejo directs the drama that stars Lou Veloso (Huse), Dante Balaois (Pedro); Ces Aldaba (Blas) and Bodjie Pascua (Sotero), with support from Molts Meneses (doctor/lawyer), Francis Cruz III (nurse) and April Dolot (Mrs. Salvacion).
“Bien Aligtad” (1st prize 1985 CCP Playwriting contest), is about the life of a small-time criminal who helps his community by sharing with them his loot, thus earning their love and admiration--much to the dismay of the authorities especially now that a movie about his life is forthcoming. Solving a problem named Bien is giving them endless headaches and has made them the people’s laughing stock.
The cast are Jojit Lorenzo (Bien Aligtad), Hope Matriano (Takyang Bagting), Joey David (Abeng Barbero), Doreen Bernal (Huling Harapipak), Alexis Aubrey Fernandez (Salome/Miriam), John Rhoderey and Joseph Matthew Dizon (Bien’s children), Ronnie Bertubin, Paul Sy and Ed Murillo(tres berdugos), plus the GTF Actors’ Company.
Roobak Valle is director, choreographer and production designer of this movement drama.
Tony Espejo, GTF artistic director, says, “The Second Pearl Theater Festival is a biennial project of Gantimpala Theater. Winners of the CCP Playwriting contests are being re-staged to present to the public the many artistic and production contributions of the company, which have helped in the development of Philippine dramaturgy.”
Members of the artistic and production team are Joey Nombres, lighting designer and Marianne Sedotes, production designer; Raymond Talavera, stage manager for “Hiblang Abo;” Dong Calingacion, lights designer; Jun Austria, musical director, and Joey de Guzman, assistant musical director; and Jhey-Ar Caguimbal, stage manager for “Bien Aligtad.” Pamela Hundana and Lailanie Ann Tejuco serve as production manager and assistant production manager, respectively.
“Hiblang Abo” runs October 22 and 23, and “Bien Aligtad.” November 6 and 8, 7 p.m., Concert at the Park Open Air Auditorium, Luneta, Manila. Both performances are free to the public.
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