“MGA AMA, MGA ANAK (FATHERS & SONS)” BY NICK JOAQUIN, A NEW PLAY FROM TANGHALANG PILIPINO GATHERS A SUPERB CAST!


robert arevalo and spanky manikan
robert arevalo and spanky manikan

Family 1 Mga Ama Mga Anak Family 2 Mga Ama Mga Anak (1)

 

“MGA AMA, MGA ANAK”
By Nick Joaquin
Director – Joel Lamangan
Playwright – Pete Lacaba and Virgilio Almario
Lighting Designer – Monino Duque
Production Designer – Tuxqs Rutaquio
Sound Designer – TJ Ramos
Artistic Director: Nanding Josef
February 21-March 9, 2014
(Friday) February 21, 28 and March 7 / 8pm
(Saturday) February 22, March 1 and 8 / 3pm and 8pm
(Sunday) February 23, March 2 and 9 / 3pm
Mga Ama, Mga Anak (Fathers and Sons) is a play in three-acts written by Nick Joaquin in 1976. The original text in English was published in Manila by National Book Store Inc, in 1979. This is based on his short story “Three Generations.”
This Filipino translation of Nick Joaquin’s Fathers and Sons dramatizes the conflicts between generations, particularly the father and sons. It tells the conflicts of Zacarias Monzon who used to be powerful in his town. The story revolves from the time he was ill and wheelchair bound, with conflicts in his family still unresolved, until he realizes the cruelty and inadequacies in this family before he dies.

CAST:
ROBERT AREVALO (Zacarias)
SPANKY MANIKAN (Zacarias)
NANDING JOSEF (Celo)
MARCO VIAÑA (Chitong)
CRIS VILLONCO (Bessie/Pokpok)
JACKIELOU BLANCO (Sofia)
CELESTE LEGASPI (Sofia)
PEEWEE O’HARA (Mrs. Paulo)
BANAUE MICLAT (Nena)
MADELEINE NICOLAS (Nena)
And Tanghalang Pilipino ACTORS COMPANY
VENUE:
Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino
Cultural Center of the Philippines
TICKETS:
Regular: Php800; Student: Php400
20% discount on the regular price for senior citizens,
government employees, military employees & PWDs. (Please present valid ID)

Excerpts from the article Tropical Gothic: Nick Joaquin Revisited by Joseph Galdon.

“Nick Joaquin’s stories reflect the theology of culture, but the theological levels are folk levels than dogma.”

“National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera called Nick Joaquin our ‘most stimulating’ lay theologian in 1968.”

“In December of 1975, Joaquin published Fathers and Sons. A melodrama in three reels, which is a dramatization of his earlier story, Three Generations. The play emphasizes freedom and choice. The theological speeches of (seminarian) Chitong (the youngest among the three generations of the Fathers and Sons), make Joaquin’s intentions obvious. Speaking to his father, Celo, Chitong said, 

‘Father, will you hear me? I just want to point out one thing. Father, listen to me ! Character is not something we inherit. It is something we create. If we cannot blame our fathers for what we are, neither should we blame ourselves for what they were. Each of us is a new person; and only we, are responsible for that new person. Oh, yes, there are fathers and grandfathers, and who knows what ancestors crowding within us-but all of them are just ghosts, Father -impotent, powerless, ghosts, unless we allow them to create us in their image. That was a primitive age that said the sins of the fathers would be visited on their children unto the third and fourth generation. Charity began when God said…when God Himself said, ‘No more shall anyone say that because the fathers ate sour grapes, the children’s teeth are set on edge.’

“In Fathers and Sons, Joaquin, the theologian and moralist is speaking out more clearly than he did 25 years ago.”

FROM SSSIP 🙂 🙂

“WHAT A GREAT CAST! WE’LL SURELY WATCH THIS!!!”

 

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