SLU theatre group reveals 13th season

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Thursday, July 28, 2011


LOUISIANS have something to be proud of!

This is as Saint Louis University Center for Culture and the Arts presents a series of plays for its 13th season filled with performances aimed to bring back the magic of theatre.

Director for Tanghalang SLU and Drama and stage coordinator, Dan Rommel Riopay bared various performances this season centering on desire, love, failure and revenge. “The seeds from which emanates that which man calls strength relying not on convention but going beyond that which we see.”

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Dubbed as “Laro ng Lakas” (Game of Strength) starting with Ang Kagilagilalas na Buhay ni Lam- Ang by Jose Dennis Teodosio which focuses on legendary tale about Lam-ang, an epic from the Ilocos Region.

The oldest written story in verse is said to have been written by the blind poet Pedro Bukaneg, who lived in the late 16th century. The story tells of Lam-ang’s adventures before he wins the love of Ines Cannoyan.

Ma-te by Abel Molina is next on center stage which centers on a psycho-therapeutic case study of a schizophrenic engrossed in playing chess by himself until he decided to create an opponent out of is sub-conscious mind and insulate it into a world of its own and by applying the symbolical pieces of the game. It is described as a dark and depressing play of guilt, hatred, and fear.

Pagninilay-nilay: Ika-5 Yugto, a compilation by various writers which will feature a series of shadow plays, monologues, improvisations, creative dramatics, and meditations all in one night of performance.

Riopay’s “Ang Hiwaga ng Ibong Adarna” will likewise be presented this season before Rossum’s Universal Robots by Karel Capek.

Tanghalang SLU, the resident theater company of Saint Louis University, garnered 3 nominations in the 23rd Aliw Awards including Best Cultural Group nominee. Moreover, the company was selected twice as one of the outstanding University-based theater company in the country in the 2010 and 2011 Tanghal: The National University Theater Festival by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts held in Manila and Bacolod, respectively.

The group recently performed at the Cultural Center of the Philippines during the 2011 CCP Pasinaya Festival.

All shows are directed by Riopay.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 28, 2011.

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