When does one’s loyalty to an organization begin and eventually end? Does coercion have a place in the imposition of power? These are among the many questions at the heart of Palanca Award-winning playwright Tim Dacanay’s “Pamantasang Hirang (Sa Dilim Man),” which will have a comeback at the Black Box of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.
First presented at the Virgin Labfest 4 in 2008, Pamantasang Hirang is a one-act play on a fictional fraternity at the state university. Dan, the dormmate of Raji, learns that the initiation rite of his former fraternity will be conducted in their room. He soon finds out that the man behind the activity was his former classmate and now congressman Chok Villanueva.
With Tuxqs Rotaquio as director, the play stars Tim Castillo as Dan and Theo Dacanay as Chok Villanueva, with Jerome Dawis, Kyle Confesor, Rea Molina, Sarah Garcia, Karl Camanide, Luis Somera, Brian Bobadilla, and Karel Coldenhoff.
The director has served as festival director and dramaturg of Virgin Labfest, an annual festival of unstaged Filipino plays, since 2011. He was also associate artistic director of Tanghalang Pilipino from 2010 to 2015. He is presently assistant professor under Benilde’s Production Design department.
Playwright Dacanay won the second prize at the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature for the Teatro Porvenir Series in 2006. A senior member of the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), his works have been staged by PETA, CCP Tanghalang Pilipino, Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, Ateneo de Manila University Fine Arts Program, and Harlequin Theater Guild of De La Salle University. He is currently chairperson of the Design Foundation Department at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.
Shows will run from November 23 to 25 with performances at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.