Benilde’s Theater Arts Program stages El Mar de Sangre, a Filipino adaptation of a Spanish classic

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De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde’s Theater Arts students will be staging a Spanish classic with a Filipino twist entitled El Mar de Sangre (The Sea of Blood), an adaptation of Federico García Lorca’s Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding) on July 3 – 6 and 10 – 13, 2019 at the 5/F SDA Theatre, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, which will be directed by Tuxqs Rutaquio, a Gawad Buhay! Philstage Awardee and will be written by, Layeta Bucoy, a Palanca Awardee and Gawad Buhay! Philstage Awardee. The synopsis follows below:

On three islands divided by the sea, two paths cross as the community awaits a union through marriage, but the promised vows seems unsure.. As the day turns into a moonlit night, an old flame is relit in a wave of violent desires that leads to chaos, turning a calm ocean into a raging sea of blood.

 The cast includes Karl Caminade as Leonardo, Jannah Baniasia as Nanay, Sarah Garcia as Babae, Karel Coldenhoff as Lalake, Enrique Capinianes as Kamatayan, Isabella Pedersen as Buwan, Robyn Antonio as Kapitbahay, Jana La Victoria as Biyenan, Phoebe Lina as Asawa, John Marticio as Mangingisda.

The Theater Arts Program offers students full range of courses in all areas of theater studies, develops the skills and knowledge in acquiring the competencies in Theatre Literature Analysis & Interpretation, Direction, Design and Performance Conceptualization, Resource, Equipment, and Instrument Utilization, Theatre Play Production & Performance, Theatre Business & Marketing Integration.

Layeta Bucoy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from the University of the Philippines Los Baños in 1996 and a master’s degree in creative writing from De La Salle University in 2003. She counts as her artistic influences Nicolas Pichay, Rene Villanueva, Rody Vera, and Liza Magtoto. She is a member of the group Writer’s Bloc. Her works won in the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature: second prize for the teleplay Ang Repleksyon ni Miss Trajano (Miss Trajano’s Reflection) in 1997, third prize for Ellas Inocentes in 2007, first prize for Doc Resureccion: Gagamutin ang Bayan in 2009, second prize for El Galeon de Simeon (Simeon’s Galleon) in 2011, and first prize for The Adopted Healthy Baby in 2015, the latter four in the one-act play category. Bucoy was given the Best Original Script and Best Play award by the Philippine Legitimate Stage Artists Group Gawad Buhay! for Doc Resureccion.

Tuxqs Rutaquio is a theater designer, director, actor. He graduated from the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman with a bachelor’s degree in theater arts, 1999, and a master’s degree in theater arts, 2000. He worked with Dulaang UP from 1991 to 2005, and counts as his artistic influences Antonio O. Mabesa, Anton Juan Jr, and Josefina F. Estrella. He has served as the associate artistic director of Tanghalang Pilipino, and festival director and dramaturg of the Virgin Labfest since 2012. He is a member of Writer’s Bloc. He has been teaching with the Department of Communications of Miriam College since 2000.

Rutaquio’s stagecraft has been recognized by the Philippine Legitimate Stage Artists Group Gawad Buhay! These include Outstanding Set Design for Coup d’ Etat/Kudeta in 2008 and Flores para Los Muertos (an adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire) in 2009; and Outstanding Stage Direction with Vera for Der Kaufmann in 2013. From 2012 to 2014, he was the Philippine representative to annual ASEAN Performing Arts Festival in Tokyo, Japan.

This will be open at the 5/F SDA Theater of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde’s School of Design and Arts building and will run from July 3-6 and 10-13, 2019 and will have 2 shows on each day at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM. “La Veganza Promo” of our event. This promo is valid in the entire run of the show.


La Veganza Promo:

Php 200 – Students, Senior Citizen & PWD

Php 250 –  Regular Price

Php 180 – Group of 5

Php 500 – Gala night July 6, 7 PM


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