Tanghalang Pilipino unveils 22nd theater season line-up

by Paulo Perez
Jul 14, 2008
Three plays comprise the 22nd theater season of Tanghalang Pilipino: Golden Child, Mga Gerilya ng Powell Street, andGanito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon?


Tanghalang Pilipino, the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), tackles the inevitability of change and the promise of transformation as confronted by individuals faced with life-altering choices.

Golden Child by David Henry Hwang, the first Asian-American to win a Tony Award for Best Play for his broadway hit M. Butterfly, opens Tanghalang Pilipino's 22nd Theater Season in August. Golden Child is about Eng Tien Bin, a businessman who has spent years doing business in the Philippines, and his return to China in the early 20th Century. Having been exposed to Christianity and western ways, he sets about unbinding his traditional Chinese household. His efforts lead to a game of one-upmanship among his three wives, leading to unintended consequences.

Golden Child is brought to the Philippine stage by New York-based Loy Arcenas, the same director responsible for the Obie-award winning play The Romance of Magno Rubio, and will have its gala night at 8 P.M. on August 8, 2008 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater).

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Mga Gerilya ng Powell Street is a novel by Benjamin Pimentel Jr. about Filipino World War II veterans who availed of American citizenship. They become daily habitués of San Francisco's Powell Street who dream and talk about of their return back home to the Philippines. Their heart-rending yet sometimes comical stories will find their way onstage in playwright Rody Vera's stage adaptation under the direction of Chris Millado. Mga Gerilya ng Powell Streetgoes onstage at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute (CCP Studio Theater) beginning November 14, 2008.

Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon? is a landmark film considered to be among the best by National Artist for Film Eddie Romero. Set at the turn of the 20th century, it follows the travels and travails of a young man (played by Christopher de Leon in the film) as he evolves awareness and appreciation of his identity as a Filipino. In February 2009, Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon? transforms into a modern sarswela from a libretto by Palanca award-winning playwright and historian Jose Victo Torres with music by respected composer Lutgardo Labad, under the direction of Dennis Marasigan. As the closing production of Tanghalang Pilipino's 22nd Theater Season, Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon?also helps usher in the 40th anniversary celebration of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

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Subscriptions and sponsorship opportunities are now available for Tanghalang Pilipino's 22nd Theater Season productions. For inquiries and further information, please call 832-3661 or 832-1125 locals 1620 or 1621 and look for Yvette Macayan or Paulo Perez.

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