Gantimpala Theater restages “Kanser” on Sept. 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 9 a.m. and 12 noon at the AFP Theater, Camp Aguinaldo, QC; and on Sept. 17 and 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at SM Southmall, Las Piñas City.
“This is a play that people should watch over and over again,” says Tony S. Espejo, artistic director.
Written by National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal, the novel is a stark reminder that the societal cancer brought about by corruption and greed remains to this day.
In “Kanser (Noli Me Tangere),” Crisostomo Ibarra returns home after his European studies and rekindles his romance with childhood sweetheart Maria Clara. His return triggers an old rift with the town friar, Padre Damaso. As the play progresses, Ibarra realizes that the malady of oppression and colonial brutality has been killing not only his town, but his motherland as well.
The play stars Randy Villarama (Crisostomo Ibarra), Meliza Reyes (Maria Clara), Mayen Estañero (Sisa), Bert William Angeles (Elias), Ed Murillo and Joey David (Capitan Tiago), Paolo O’Hara (Tenyente Guevarra), Dante Balois (Filosofo Tacio), Manolet Concepcion (Padre Damaso), Floyd Tena (Padre Salvi), April Anne Dolot (Doña Victoria), Neisty Lopera (Don Tiburcio), Meldea Flor Formacil (Doña Consolacion), and Abby Vicente (Mang-aawit).
“Kanser” is directed by Adriana Agcaoili, with Jose Jeffrey Camañag as associate director; Jospeh Matheu, lights designer; Norma Peñaflorida, set designer; Darby Dizon, choreographer; Charyl Chan de Guzman, production manager; and Wilmark Oliver Tabio, stage manager.
For inquiries, call 8995745 or 8963503, or visit www.gantimpalatheater.multiply or www.facebook.com/gantimpala.
[Photo: Meliza Reyes]