MANILA, Philippines—Tanghalang Ateneo, the longest-running theater company of the Loyola Schools of the Ateneo de Manila University, will end its 36th Season: Navigating Identities this February with “Godot5: Five Ruminations on Samuel Beckett’s ‘En Attendant Godot'”.
The production, an exploration of the tragedy of waiting and of hope, will use both the English translation of the play by Nobel Prize Winner for Literature Samuel Beckett and a new Filipino translation by Palanca winner Guelan Varela-Luarca.
A brief synopsis: Vladimir and Estragon meet near a tree along a road. They converse, bicker, argue, laugh, and agree on several topics of conversation; all of which are merely distractions to help them wait for the arrival of Godot. While waiting, two other men arrive, Pozzo and Lucky.
They join Vladimir and Estragon for a while but eventually leave. After they do so, a boy arrives and tells Vladimir and Estragon that Godot won’t be arriving today but will surely do so tomorrow. After the boy leaves, Vladimir and Estragon decide to also leave. But they remain where they are, waiting.
The production will feature 5 interpretations of Samuel Beckett’s modern classic:
Set A: “Men Waiting” (Xander Soriano, Paolo Apagalang, Miguel Morales, Jerome Flor, Jose Delos Reyes)
Set B: “Women Waiting”
Set B – English (Tin Amante, Kat Buted, Erica Esteban, Sabrina Basilio, Geo Celestino)
Set B – Filipino (Gel Basa, Cindy Lopez, Erica Esteban, Mailes Kanapi, Sabrina Basilio)
Set C: College Graduates Waiting (Joe-Nel Garcia, Chris Dagsil,Cindy Lopez, Gel Basa, Brian Ramos)
Set D: “Queer Folks Waiting: (Charles Yee, Acey Aguilar, Bunny Cadag, Miguel Lizada, Geo Celestino)
Set E: “Old Folks Waiting” (Jojit Lorenzo, Joel Saracho, Mailes Kanapi, Bodjie Pascua) Note: Act 1 of this set will be performed in English and Act 2 in Filipino.
The artistic team of the production is composed of JK Anicoche (Director), Guelan Varela-Luarca (Translator), Ralph Lumbres (Production Designer), Teresa Barrozo (Sound Designer), Ninya Bedruz (Lights Designer) and Niki Calma (Graphics Designer).
“Godot5: Five Ruminations on Samuel Beckett’s ‘En Attendant Godot'” will go onstage at the Black Box Theater of the Ateneo de Manila University this coming February 3-7, 10-14 and 17-21.
Weekday shows will be the usual two hour play at 7pm. Saturday shows, on the other hand, will feature a loop of four consecutive performances featuring different interpretations of the play at 10am, 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm.
“Godot5: Five Ruminations on Samuel Beckett’s ‘En Attendant Godot'” is the finale of three productions–Han Ong’s “Middle Finger” and Glenn Sevilla Mas’s “Rite of Passage: Sa Pagtubu kang Tahud”– comprising Tanghalang Ateneo’s 36th Season: Navigating Identities.
For details of the show, please contact Madel Juliano at 0917-631-4387 or email [email protected].
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