The stage is set for the highly-anticipated return of THE RECONCILIATION DINNER, written by Floy Quintos and directed by Dexter M. Santos.
THE RECONCILIATION DINNER follows the lives of close family friends – the Medinas and the Valderamas – who are forced to confront their personal differences amid the looming political turmoil in the Philippines. The one-act play opens with an intimate dinner at the Medinas in 2016. It was a get-together no different from all their past dinners until tension ensued with a fervid conversation about then-president Rodrigo Duterte’s policies and leadership style. Red flags swept under the rug, both families agree to keep the personal away from the political for the sake of preserving the friendship they have built over the years. The dinner ends with dessert, a ceasefire, and a civil war waiting to happen.
The succeeding years under the Duterte administration further reveal both families’ opposing views. Social media timelines turn into arenas for direct and indirect political bardagulan that slowly but incisively tarnish their relationships. Now at the cusp of the most polarizing national elections in recent history, the families’ political colors have been made Facebook Official. Lines have clearly been drawn inevitably leading to more digital tirades and more emotional dents. But before entirely severing ties, just as the dust from the elections had settled, a personal tragedy found a way to get the Medinas and the Valderamas all together again. The play culminates with a reunion – a reconciliation dinner – to heal, move on, and leave the remnants of the war behind.
The Reconciliation Dinner boasts of a stellar cast with Stella Cañete Mendoza as Dina Medina, Frances Makil Ignacio as Susan Valderama, Randy Medel Villarama as Bert Medina, Jojo Cayabyab as Fred Valderama, Nelsito Gomez as Ely, Mica Pineda as Mica, and Phi Palmos as Norby.
Completing the Artistic & Production Team are John Batalla – Lights Designer, Mitoy Sta. Ana – Set and Costume Designer, Arvy Dimaculangan – Sounds Designer, Steven Tansiongco – Video and Poster Designer, Marvin Olaes and Davidson Oliveros – Dramaturg, Mikko Angeles – Assistant Director, Jojit Lorenzo, Vlad Gonzales, Dino Dimar – Photographers, Joshua Caesar Chan – Production Manager, and Rico Angelo Blanco – Stage Manager
The show runs on May 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 3PM and 8PM at Power Mac Center Spotlight Blackbox Theater, Circuit Makati.