University of the Philippines–Los Baňos Students under the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts program, in line with the courses THEA 107: Theater Communication and THEA 108: Acting, continue in their preparations for the upcoming production “Sapantaha: Aninag sa Realidad.”
“Sapantaha” will be staged at the NCAS under the direction of Sir Jeremy dela Cruz, with show dates on Nov. 15 and Nov. 16, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The production is composed of three plays: “The Maids” by Jean Genet, “Bayan-Bayanan” by Bienvenido M. Noriega, Jr., and “Isang Buhay sa Tambakan” by Rolando Tinio.
For tickets and inquiries, please contact the production manager Alyssa Silvano at (0920) 485-2093.
“Sapantaha” explores the intense relationships between characters in three drastically different settings.
“The Maids” takes place in a grand manor house with two sisters Solange and Clara as they create a dark plot revolving around the woman they address only as “Madame”, under whom they serve as seemingly loyal maids.
“Bayan-Bayanan” takes place in Switzerland, where a miniature community of sorts is formed under the nurture of Manang and Manong, who act as guardian figures for a colorful cast of Filipino characters― some looking to find a sense of affinity in a foreign land, some only stopping by between their own escapades.
Lastly, “Isang Buhay sa Tambakan” takes place in the most unlikely of all places: at a garbage dump where the characters do not belong as much as they appear to. As an entire production, “Sapantaha” illustrates the humanity of these characters and the way they interact in distinct ways― shedding light on the dynamics of their own unusual realities.
“The Maids” will feature Chricelsa Montejo as “Clara”, Allen Joy Marquez as “Solange”, and Rose Ruiz as “Madame.
“Isang Buhay sa Tambakan” will feature John Rafael Gozon as “Henny”, Jaira Roxas as “Millie”, Bianca Parolan as “Annie”, Cat Gonzaga and Trisha Elarde as “Salud”, Anton Segismundo as “Mama”, and Reinier Abagat as “Roger.”
“Bayan-bayanan” will feature Arianne Zurbano as “Manang”, Josh Pelaez as “Manong”, Carla Delgado as “Tessie”, Paola Aguila and Michelle Biggayan as “Anna Marie”, John Rafael Gozon as “Dino”, Reinier Abagat as “Ricky”, John Labilles as “G. Del Castillo”, Alyssa Silvano as “Gng. Del Castillo”, Carla Almendral as “Aling Pia”, Anton Segismundo as “Pol”, Brie Tomboc as “Connie”, and Efraime Cruz as “G. Luz”.