Rody Vera’s Anak Datu, a new musical based on the original story of the same name by National Artist Abdulmari Imao, is coming to the stage this September.
The show will be the first one to be mounted at the Tanghalang Ignacio Gimenez, the newly built blackbox theater of the CCP, running from September 16 to October 9. It follows the historic lives and struggles of Mindanao’s Tausugs, based on a story by Imao in 1968 in anticipation of the birth of his first son, Abdulmari Jr. (Toym) Imao. It is set amidst the backdrop of an escalating conflict and developing insurgency that led to the founding of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
Imao hoped that the story would serve as a narrative that would give people a glimpse of the Moro culture along with his promotion of the contemporary form of the Sarimanok. The cast features the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company, with special guests Tex Ordoñez-De Leon, Carlos Dala, Sining Kambayoka’s Hash Magarang, and Tanghalang Pilipino’s Artistic Director Nanding Josef.
The show will be directed by Chris Millado. Joining Vera and Millado in the artistic team are Chino Toledo (music), Toym Imao (production design), Katsch Catoy (lighting design), TJ Tamos (sound design and engineering), John Carlo Pagunaling (costume design), GA Fallarme (projection designer), Paw Castillo (photographer and graphic designer), and young Maranao artist Hash Magarang (choreography).
Anak Datu is the second production in Tanghalang Pilipino’s 36th season, following the Virgin Labfest. The company is currently selling season passes to its 36th season. You can get them here https://bit.ly/