A play paying homage to Filipino to farm workers, another giving life to an Ilocano epic hero, a production fleshing out Muslim-Christian interactions, and the restaging of a musical about Apolinario Mabini have been lined up for the 2019-2020 season of Tanghalang Pilipino.
Prof. Nicanor Tiongson’s Mabining Mandirigma runs from Aug. 16 to Sept. 1, 2019, featuring Monique Wilson, Arman Ferrer, David Ezra, and Jamie Wilson. Monique and Jamie are children of actor Johnny Wilson.
Mabining Mandirigma is a steam-punk musical theater production on the heroism and love of country by Apolinario Mabini, considered at the “brains of the Philippine Revolution.”
Directed by Chris Millado, the musical also has tapped Joed Balsamo for music and Toym Imao for production design. Book and lyrics by Tiongson.
The husband-and-wife team of Bibeth Orteza and Carlos Siguion Reyna shares the limelight with actors Jonathan Tad Tadioan, Marco Viana, and the Tanghalang Pilipino’s Actors Company in Katsuri.
From Oct. 4 to 28, Katsuri, an Orteza adaptation of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men set in a feudal sugar cane farm, is staged as “a tribute to Filipino farm workers.” Direction is by Siguion Reyna.
The play Lam-ang, a Jen Darlene Torres and Eljay Deldoc version of Pedro Bucaneg’s accounts of the Ilocano epic hero, goes on stage from Nov. 29 to Dec. 15.
Direction by Fitz Bitana and Marco Viana. Cast members are to be announced yet.
The season closer is Malou Jacob’s Batang Mujahideen, a play advocating peace and understanding between Muslims and Christians. It runs from Feb. 21 to March 8, 2020. Guelan Luarca directs.
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