Comedic sequel to a Nick Joaquin play

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In celebration of the birth centenary of multi-awarded Filipino writer, historian, journalist and National Artist for literature Nick Joaquin, A Portrait of The Artist as a Filipino — one of his classic works and one of the most remarkable Filipino plays — will be presented in a different light through a parody written and directed by the artistic and stage director and Philstage Gawad Buhay Life Achievement Awardee Nonon Padilla.

Entitled Larawan ng Pilipino Bilang Artist(a), Padilla’s comedic sequel of the National Artist’s masterpiece, will be produced and staged by the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde pioneering Theater Arts Batch 115 students on 21 to 24 and 28 to 29 November and 1 December at the School of Design and Arts Theater.

The play, which won a Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 1988, will be starred by distinguished theater Stella Mendoza, Sherry Lara, Bembol Roco, Jaime Yambao, Mosang, Alan Bautista, together with the pioneering acting track apprentices Christian Cusi, Karina Valdez, Kyle Confesor, Herc Ang and Doori Chin.

Larawan ng Pilipino Bilang Artist(a) will bring Joaquin’s renowned characters to Forbes Park in the 1970s. In Padilla’s parody, the famous Marasigan sisters Candida and Paula, who flew to New York to escape the Japanese attack in World War II, returned to the Philippines after living abroad for 30 years. Despite being set in a different place, from Calle Real in Intramuros, Manila, to an exclusive village in Makati City and a change in lifestyle, the past will slowly unfold and bring back its horrors, aligned with the horrible realities of the present.

The production will be made possible in collaboration with fellow student-artists from various programs, to include production design, music production and digital filmmaking.

Larawan ng Pilipino Bilang Artist(a) will have two shows — matinee at 1 p.m. and evening at 7 p.m.

The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts Theater is located at Pablo Ocampo (Vito Cruz) Street, Malate, Manila. Ticket prices are P600 (orchestra), P400 (loge) and P250 (balcony). For ticket reservations, contact Kyle Confesor at 0915-9383797 or email tapbenildemarketing@gmail.com.

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