Tanghalang Pilipino (TP) on its 36th season remounts one of its most critically acclaimed plays, “Ang Pag-uusig” – a Filipino translation by Dr. Jerry Respeto of the Tony award-winning play “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller.
First produced by TP in its 31st season in 2017, Ang Pag-uusig is a play that dramatizes how the establishment is used as a tool of the powerful few, exerting its magnitude on the many, preventing any sense of community and collectivity from being formed. The witch hunt that occurred in the play serves as an allegory, not only to the McCarthyism in the US but also to the current political and social state of the Philippines.
Winner of six Philstage Gawad Buhay Awards (including Outstanding
Translation and Outstanding Play) in April 2018, Ang Pag-uusig, returns to the stage on February 17 to March 12, 2023. Directed by award-winning stage director – Dennis Marasigan, the timely play depicts a community ruled by a controlling, self-righteous elite, and the crucial choices each of its members must make in a time of crisis – in this case, the Salem Witch Trials in America in 1692.
This 2023 version will feature Marco Viaña, Lhorvie Nuevo, Jonathan Tadioan, and Antonette Go together with TP Actors Company Scholars Vince Macapobre, Arjhay Babon, Mark Lorenz, Earle Figuracion, Edrick Alcontado, Mitzi Comia, Aggy Mago, Judie Dimayuga, Heart Puyong, and Saray Monay. Completing the cast are guest artists Monique Nellas-Bagadiong, Francesca Dela Cruz, and Daniel Gregorio.
Apart from Respeto and Marasigan who also designed the Lights, Ohm Davis (Set), TJ Ramos (Sounds), and James Reyes & Daniel Gregorio (Costume) make up the show’s artistic team.
And Pag-uusig will run at the Tanghalang Ignacio Gimenez for four weekends: Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 3PM & 8PM, and Sundays at 3PM. Tickets are available at ticket2.me.net.
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