In celebration of the 110th Declaration of Philippine Indepedence, Gantimpala Theater presents Amelia Lapeña Bonifacio's Dalawang Bayani. This play chronicles the similarities, differences, and coincidental circumstances that transpired in the lives of national heroes Dr. Jose Rizal and Gat Andres Bonifacio.
Lapeña-Bonifacio's play gives the audiences a glimpse of Rizal and Bonifacio's societal background, families, loves, and ideologies.
Rizal is "calculating and cautious" while Bonifacio is "impervious and impulsive." The novelist believes in the "value of education" and "peaceful reforms." The leader of the masses adheres to the "might of the revolution" and the "collective strength of the people."
In the end, with the aid of magical realism, the two heroes meet and acknowledge their failures and triumphs. Both hopeful that their heroism won't be for naught, that they did not die in vain, and that their sacrifices bring forth a better and greater Philippines.
The Gantimpala Theater Actors' Company perform with Noel Rayos as Dr. Jose Rizal; Roeder Camañag as Andres Bonifacio; Kimberly Diaz as Josephine Bracken; and Pamela Hundana as Gregoria de Jesus.
Roobak Valle is director/production designer/and choreographer. Lighting design by Andy Villareal. The stage manager of this play is Glenda Alday while the production manager is Alice Borbe. Tony S. Espejo is Gantimpala Theater's artistic director.
Dalawang Bayani is presented in cooperation with the National Parks Development Committee.
The play will be performed on June 11, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., at the Open Air Auditorium, in Rizal Park, Manila.