I wrote a piece on the 2011-2012 season line-up of Tanghalang Ateneo and Dulaang UP but I am unable to reproduce it here for now since it hasn't been published yet. Hopefully the publication I submitted it to will be able to use it next week.
One of the shows that's included in the article opens on July 20, 2011: Dulaang UP's "Rizal X."
Announcement from Dulaang UP
It's not your typical Rizal play. Not Fili. Not Noli. Not Rizal straight out of a textbook.
Dulaang UP's Rizal X is conceptualized, choreographed, and directed by Dexter Santos.
Rizal X promises to surprise even the most avid theatergoer and inspire even the most hardcore Rizal fan. DUP's 36th Theater Season opener is a fitting tribute to our national hero's birth sesquicentennial.
Rizal X aims to re-introduce Rizal to the times we live in through a mélange of mixed media popular to this generation such as video, vignettes, and music, intertwined with the more traditional staples of theater--- songs, dance, monologues, scenes, and poetry to form a production which Santos hopes to be "a total theater experience".
Rizal X aspires to serve as a reminder that Rizal is not a distant memory trapped in the dusty papers of a book or in cold busts and monuments, but a warm and palpable presence that is still and will always be a source of pride and inspiration to each and every Filipino. That what he was able to do for the country in his time, we can also do today. Rizal will never be passé; his life and works is an infinite playlist, the relevance of which transcends time and space.
The cast includes Reb Atadero, Natasha Cabrera, Red Concepcion, Jules dela Paz, Alchris Galura, Bea Garcia, Jean Judith Javier, Yanah Laurel, Maita Ponce, Reuben Uy and the Dulaang UP Ensemble.
Rizal X showcases the creations of Dong Abay, Gerson Abesamis, Manix Abrera, Aiess Alonso, Chips Beltran, Layeta Bucoy, Winter David, Jopy Arnaldo, Malee Matignas, Deo dela Cruz, Al Garcia, JM de Guzman, Vlad Gonzales, Adi Lopez, Joaquin Pedro Valdez, Floy Quintos, and Rene Villanueva.
Head Writers and Dramaturgs: Katte Sabate and Chic San Agustin
Musical Director: Janine Santos
Music and Lyrics: William Elvin Manzano
Musical Arrangement: Happy Days Ahead
Scenic Design: Leeroy New
Costume Design: Mitoy Sta. Ana
Lighting Design: Voltaire De Jesus
Technical Director: Ohm David
RIZAL X runs July 20 to August 14, 2011 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2nd floor Palma Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon City.
Contact 0917-750-0107, 926-1349, 981-8500 loc. 2449 or 433-7840.
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