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MGA AMA, MGA ANAK

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Tanghalang Pilipino
presents

“MGA AMA, MGA ANAK”
By Nick Joaquin

Director – Joel Lamangan
Translated into Pilipino by National Artists Pete Lacaba and Virgilio Almario
Lighting Designer – Monino Duque
Production Designer – Tuxqs Rutaquio
Sound Designer – TJ Ramos
Artistic Director (Tanghalang Pilipino) 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 stage drama in three-acts written by Nick Joaquin in 1976, based on his short story “Three Generations.” The story revolves around former town illustrado and Calesa king Zacarias Monzon, his fall from power and wealth, and his gnawing conflicts with his son, amid dementia and unresolved issues. Cruelty, hedonism, disloyalty, pain and suffering marred his family's past, and now, so close to death, his son, grandson, a mistress and other family membersto make sense of it all.

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's ACTORS COMPANY

VENUE:
Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre)
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)
Inquiries:  (02) 832 3661


On "FATHERS AND SONS" --

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.”

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