Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tanghalang Ateneo mounts stage adaptation of St. Augustine's Confessiones

This November, Tanghalang Ateneo mounts a stage version of St. Augustine’s autobiography, “Confessiones,” translated from the Latin by Fr. Roque Ferriols, S.J., and directed by one his students, Ronan Capinding.

Featuring 18 actors, this devised play depicts Augustine’s profound and poignant conversion from sinner to saint. Selected passages from Augustine’s text will highlight this transformation, among them his pronouncements about man’s faith, need, and adoration of God: man’s lost and confused condition in sin and searching (Dispersio), his heart restless until it rests in God (Conversio).

Actors deliver the lines alone or in an ensemble and act as characters in vignettes that render Augustine’s insights accessible to contemporary young audiences. The production makes excellent learning material for students and professionals in theology, philosophy and literature.

National Artist for Theater Salvador Bernal designs both set and costumes. Lighting is by Sueyen Astero, while Rhem David designs sound and music.

“Confessiones” runs November 18-20, 24-27 and December 1-4, 7 p.m., at the Rizal Mini-Theater of the Ateneo de Manila. There will also be 2 p.m. shows on Saturdays--November 20, 27 and December 4.

For inquiries, contact Bettina Rodriguez 0916-2258036.

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