Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Mapúa Tekno Teatro stages Filipino adaptation of Brecht's The Good Woman of Szechuan

The Mapúa Tekno Teatro (MT2), the official drama organization of the Mapúa Institute of Technology, will hold its 10th anniversary production with an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Good Woman of Szechuan.”

Adapted by Tim Dacanay, “Ang Mabuting Tao ng Parian” is directed by JK Anicoche. The play will be on December 6-7 with morning and afternoon shows at the Institute’s gymnasium.

The piece is in line with the new vision of the MT2 to stage socially-relevant productions in the tradition of Brecht’s theater of alienation, which engages the audience members to think rather than to get highly emotional about the play’s plot and the characters’ plight.

Director JK Anicoche envisions the play to be a literal interpretation of life as a competitive game with a set of winners and losers, and a boxing ring where the two types of people fight it out.

“Through the three gods, the play asks the characters and the audience members--what is goodness? Having defined goodness, is there still a good person in the world?” The questions, Anicoche adds, are relevant at this time when morality, corruption and oppression remain pervasive issues.

Anicoche heads the artistic team composed of Alison Segarra, assistant director; Dacanay, writer; Ninya Bedruz, lights designer and technical director; Eisa Jocson and Leeroy New, production designers; Teresa Barrozo, sound designer and; Isabelle Martinez, stage manager.

The MT2 cast and production team include Alsus Adiaton, Kim Adulta, Ed Aniag, Kiki Baento, Jezreel Bernaldez, RR Boniol, Michael Caballero, Daniel Cardenas, Rommnel Coliat, Earl Dangalan, Debbie Del Rosario, Jethro Espenida, MK Espiritu, Alyshia Formento, Michael Figueras, Steven Galedo, G-may Galvan, Chopper Gapasin, Julio Garcia, Rachelle Gimpes, Leih Gonzales, Nathalie Inductivo, Roxanne King, Jerome Liao, Henry Malacaman, Kael Ma. Guerrero, Yuyi Marzo, Michan Mendoza, Anton Mercado, Camille Orense, Aj Ramos, Chris Rimas, Harrold Saliba, Jovie Vieja, Charizza Villanueva, and Cedree Wheeler.

Visual artist Joey Cobcobo collaborated with MT2 member MK Espiritu for the advertising collateral design, while filmmaker Raymund Cruz created the trailer. Betty Uy-Regala is the resident coach of MT2 and Dante Sauquillo is the director of the MIT Office of Student Activities and Discipline.

“The Mapúa Institute of Technology advocates academic excellence and strength of character in our students. Our curriculum equips the students to be technically skilled and strengthens values that are equally valuable in the work environment,” says Dr. Bonifacio T. Doma Jr., executive vice president for Academic Affairs of the Institute.

Doma adds that the MIT addresses this balance through a holistic approach with the inclusion of a strong arts, humanities and social sciences program into the curriculum. A non-academic program in line with this approach is the Mapúa Tekno Teatro. The Institute has a School of Languages, Humanities and Social Sciences aside from its technical courses.

Tickets at P90 each. For reservations, call Anton Mercado 0917-6182223, Cha Villanueva 0916-7720752, or Kim Adulta 0915-8692545. For more information, call Betty Uy-Regala 0906-2604175.


nathalie said...

Yehey! I'm so excited for this play! Break a leg to all of us! We can do it! God bless! :]

Anonymous said...

patok na patok ang material na ito sa mga pinoy. sana madaming makanood! i remember seeing this years ago. rolando tinio translation. maganda

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