Renowned Filipino theater artists–Myra Beltran, Loy Arcenas, Floy Quintos, and J.K. Anicoche among others–join Ateneo colleagues Ricardo Abad and Gino Gonzales in celebrating Tanghalang Ateneo’s 35th Season: Reimagining the Greeks. Four ancient Greek dramas are given a contemporary twist, each one staged to make audiences experience the visceral and timeless qualities of these classical texts.
In July 2013, avant-garde choreographer Myra Beltran, teams up with Abad, Gonzales and light designer Jonjon Villarealto stage their version of Aeschylus’ trilogy, The Oresteia. Adapted in Filipino by B.J. Crisostomo and re-titled Ang Oresteyas, the play focuses on Orestes’ revenge killing of her mother Klytemnestra who earlier murdered his father Agammenon. Brought to trial to face charges of homicide, Orestes faces his jurors, among them the audience, who will are asked to render a verdict: guilty or not guilty? The thoughtful play runs from July 11 to 27 at the Rizal Mini Theater.
Come September, Sipat Lawin’s guru, J.K. Anicoche, gathers an all-student cast for a rousing and visual rendition of Euripides’ The Bacchae which the ensemble will devise in Filipino. In the play the god Dionysus, insulted at people’s failure to honor him properly, flees the city and organizes a group of libertines to attack the same city and restore his royal and divine place. Anicoche sees the play as an expression of youthful excesses and seeks to stage Euripides with the same spirit that marks the god of revelry. Noted visual artist Leeroy New will supervise students in carrying out the production design. Ang Bacchae will explode onstage from September 5-21 at the Fine Arts Black Box Studio.
In November, the love story of Orpheus and Eurydice will entrance audiences in a work-in-progress production of Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice, re-titled Euridice for the Filipino translation. Featuring the Tanghalang Ateneo ensemble along with theater veterans Dennis Marasigan and Garry Lim alternating for the role of Father, Teresa Barrozo for sound and music design, and 2013 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awardee Guelan Varela-Luarca for the Filipino translation of Sarah Ruhl’s original script. Euridice will be shown from November 14-30 at the Fine Arts Black Box Studio.
The season finale in February 2014 fuses two of Sophocles’ tragedies and given the name, Breakaway Antigone, a play with songs. Penned by the multifaceted artist Floy Quintos, the new play finds the young Antigone shamed at the family’s dishonor brought about by his father Oedipus’ banishment from Thebes. She gets a chance to redeem his father’s honor when she defies the edict of King Creon, his uncle, by giving his brothers a proper burial. Ricardo Abad directs the unique text, and Gino Gonzales designs set and costumes. Meliton Roxas, Jr. does the light design, while Ceejay Javier writes the songs and the music. Antigone’s Rex will run from February 12-25 at the Rizal Mini-Theater.
Tanghalang Ateneo is the longest-running theater company of the Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University, growing from a fledgling band of student players to one of the country’s leading school-based theater companies. Over the years, it has been known to re-stage classical plays with new shapes and spins. Reimagining the Greeks honors that work in its 35th anniversary season. By doing so, the company takes hold of a theater space where tradition meets the modern and the classics become contemporary or vice-versa. For inquiries and reservations, please contact Gel Basa at 0917-630-9097 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Press release from Tanghalang Ateneo.