On its 33rd Theatre Season, Dulaang UP features its third offering, “Atang,” a new play with music by Floy Quintos. “Atang” will kick off the UP Sarswela Festival 2009, and will be staged at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theatre on November 26-December 14, 2008.
Four women topbill the play: Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Frances Makil-Ignacio, Ayen Munji-Laurel and Anna Migallos. Bituin Escalante appears as Katy dela Cruz.
Other cast members include Ricky Ibe, Mitoy Sta. Ana, Al Gatmaitan, Eric de la Cruz, Greg de Leon and Jacinta Remulla.
What do we know about Honorata “Atang” de la Rama? National Artist for Theatre? Queen of Kundiman? Queen of Sarswelang Tagalog?
Set in 1987, during the time President Corazon C. Aquino awards Atang, the National Artist for Theatre, her main dilemma is to protect the sanctity and legacy of her own myth against the encroachments of the modern world and mass media.
Juxtaposed against Atang is Gia Almonte, a rising movie star whose latest project involves Atang de la Rama herself. Atang tries to mould Gia, but realizes that the film’s demands may distort, deflect, glamorize events which she knows to be life's mysteries.
In short, here is a character who is truly unapologetic and uncompromising about herself. In the face of so much artifice, Atang relies on the knowledge that reality (of the heart, of love, of one's fleeting fame) is the greatest mystery of all.
Like other great artists, Atang refuses to explain herself to the world. (i.e., her seemingly controversial relationship with famous and infamous men, from Gen. Artemio Ricarte to Ka Amado Hernandez). At 84, why start over simply because of newfound public adulation? Her memories are enough. She need not rage against the dying of the light; she has basked in it long enough.
Alexander Cortez directs this new play, joined by Von de Guzman (composer/arranger) Dexter Santos (choreography), Anril Tiatco (dramaturgy), Tuxqs Rutaquio (production design), Luther Gumia (lights design), Cholo Gino (choral master), Winter David (video designer), Arkel Mendoza (sound design), Paolo Santillan (graphics) and Jojit Lorenzo (photographer).
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