A new theater company will present from January 26 until February 12 a play that tackles different lives bound by the common experience of repression under martial law.
Sugid Productions Inc. in partnership with Bantayog ng mga Bayani will mount Buwan at Baril sa Eb Major, a play originally staged by PETA in 1985. It is written by Chris Millado, now CCP artistic director. It is a series of vignettes of 8 different characters seemingly unrelated yet connected by a single narrative of struggle against a dictatorial regime.
“We want to engage in the current discourse of human rights and martial law,” said Andoy Ranay, the play’s director. Ranay, a theater actor himself, is a known film and television director. He is currently behind the cameras for the ABS-CBN teleserye Till I Met You.
Sugid Prods vows to produce Filipino plays it seems relevant and urgent in the ongoing discourses in Philippine society, “but without losing the entertainment value which is a must have in Philippine productions,” Ranay said.
Cherry Pie Picache (alternating with theater actress Mayen Estanero) leads the cast as the wife retrieving the body of her slain rebel husband. Jackielou Blanco plays a socialite preparing to join a rally while Angeli Bayani essays the role of the Babaeng Itawis, a member of an indigenous tribe ravaged by military forces.
Other members of the cast are Crispin Pineda as the Magsasaka, Danny Mandia and Mano Domingo alternate as the mangagawa; Ross Pesigan as the Estudyante interrogated by a police officer played by Joel Saracho alternating with Paolo O’Hara. Upcoming actor JC Santos alternates with Jojit Lorenzo as the priest.
Performances are scheduled January 26-29, February 2-5 and February 9-12 at the Yuchengco Auditorium, Bantayog ng mga Bayani. Curtain rises at 7:30 pm. For ticket reservation and group sales, contact Gian Viatka Malizon at 09178456200.