UP Visayas presents ‘Taong Grasa,’ a monologue written by Anton Juan

World renowned playwright and director Dr. Anton Juan, known as the enfant terrible of Philippine Theatre, is putting up his socio-realist Palanca-winning play ‘Taong Grasa’ on August 1 and 2, 2014 at the University of the Philippines-Visayas in Iloilo City. The two-day engagement will be preceded by a lecture.


Play dates:
August 1 (Fri) – 3 PM, 7 PM
August 2 (Sat) – 10 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM

UP Visayas Auditorium

Ticket prices:
Matinee: PhP 100 (students), PhP 150 (non-students)
Gala: PhP 150 (students), PhP 200 (non students)

Prof. Alfredo B. Diaz, stage director of the UPV ACT (UP Visayas Alumni Community Theatre) and former student of Dr. Juan at the University of the Philippines Diliman, will play the lead role in Taong Grasa which chronicles the life of the greased man as he walks the streets and becomes an observer and critic of the society he is a part of.

Anton Juan completed PhD in Semiotics at the Kapodistrian and Panhellenic University of Athens and has been knighted twice by the French government, receiving the Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et Lettres in 1992 and Chevalier de L’Ordre National de Merit in 2002. Dr. Juan is the Founding Artistic Director of Step of Angels Theatre in Athens, Greece and was Director General of the University of the Philippines’ Dulaang UP. His works have received critical reviews all around the world not only for their being “innovative and visually exciting but also as merging inner space, movement, sound-space, with the urgent cry for the insularised, marginalised, and emergent cultures.”

Alfredo B. Diaz directed Iloilo Sarswela: Padayon ang Istorya which was staged 16 times in Panay and in Metro Manila for the First National Sarswela Festival. He attended advanced acting classes of Actor’s Actors, Inc. under Bart Guingona, and was mentored by Dr. Juan in acting and playwriting. Prof. Diaz presented a paper on the sarswela in the First International Conference on Visayan Arts and Culture. He teaches Theatre and Literature at the University of the Philippines Visayas.

Taong Grasa is presented by the UP-Visayas Chancellor’s Committee on Culture & the Arts, in collaboration with UPV Validus Amicitia Brotherhood.

For ticket inquiries, contact 3379159 or email


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