Tanghalang Pilipino, the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines presents its final offering for its 27th Theater Season. Opening at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) on February 21 is Mga Ama, Mga Anak.
Written by National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin based on his short story “Three Generations,” and translated by National Artist Virgilio Almario and Jose “Pete” Lacaba Jr. into Pilipino from his original English play “Fathers And Sons,” it is a poignant drama in three acts.
It will feature TV, film and stage luminaries Robert Arevalo and Spanky Manikan alternating as Zacarias Monzon; Celeste Legaspi and Jackie Lou Blanco alternating as Sofia Monzon; and young actress Cris Villonco as Bessie.
Also leading the sterling cast is Tanghalang Pilipino’s Artistic Director and premier actor Fernando “Nanding” Josef who plays Celo Monzon as Zacarias’ son. Noted actress Madeleine Nicolas (Nena), Peewee O’Hara (Mrs. Paulo), Banaue Miclat Janssen (Nena) and Marco Viana (Chitong) are also in the cast, as well as understudies from the TP Actors Company, Lhorvie Anne Nuevo, Nicolo Magno, Jonathan Tadioan and Doray Dayao.
The story revolves around a former town ilustrado and caretela king Zacarias Monzon, his fall from power and wealth, and his gnawing conflicts with his son and his family. Cruelty, hedonism, disloyalty, and suffering marred his past. Now, so close to death, Zacarias still has the reins over his resentful son, his confused grandson, and a benevolent martyr of a mistress, until they decide it was time to cut loose and be responsible for what they are and what they will be.
Award-winning director and stage actor Joel Lamangan directs this production for Tanghalang Pilipino. Production design is by Tuxqs Rutaquio, lighting design by Monino Duque, and sound design by TJ Ramos.
Mga Ama, Mga Anak is on stage on Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m., from February 21 to March 9 at the Tanghalang Aurelio.
Tickets are available at all TicketWorld outlets. For inquiries, contact TicketWorld at 891-9999 and Tanghalang Pilipino at (02) 832-1125 local 1620-1621, 0917-750-0107.