Teatro Tomasino Opens Season with Twin Bill Production, Kanlungan


Kanlungan

“Life is a love story, with every character yearning for refuge in someone’s heart.” Richelle E. Goodrich, Making Wishes: Quotes, Thoughts, and a Little Poetry for Every Day of the Year.

The story there is to tell does not aim to churn your stomachs due to its high quantity of cheesiness. Moreover, the story does not rest on the idea of mending your romantically broken heart. The story, rather, aims to churn and throw your brains into a whirlpool of thoughts and emotions to achieve understanding and acceptance in order to fulfill the mending of a person’s broken self.

On their 39th season, Teatro Tomasino is ready to plunge with their season opener: Kanlungan, a drama-comedy twinbill which features the writings of Reena Joyce Medina and Dingdong Novenario, “Deadline” and “Kafatiran” respectively; under the direction of Frank Joszeph Escuadro.

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Is that smile you see genuine? or a form of concealment?

Garnering the first place for One Act Plays in the 31st Gawad Ustetika for Literature: UST’s annual student derby, “Deadline” highlights the negative outlook of society regarding the climbing percentage in the world of people battling depression. The story flows through the struggles of three different girls who are bound by the same stigma but in different stages of the disorder. Deadline offers an impactful and enlightening angle towards the alarming phenomena.

What freedom were some Katipuneros really fighting for?

On the other hand, the Virgin Labfest 7 piece of Dingdong Novenario manifests an on-going issue in the modern world, as well as in the Spanish era. “Kafatiran” shows a commonly unknown tale in the image of the Katipunan as it suggests an unpopular reality behind the image. The story documents a quirky night of the characters as they sought a different freedom with regards to companionship. “Kafatiran” is that story that discusses and all the while remedies the commonness of the closed closet.

These two stories are stitched together, forming “Kanlungan” which provides a possible fix to growing and undying issues by giving refuge to those who are greatly in need.

“Kanlungan” could be his story or yours—who knows? and who would have thought.

Catch Teatro Tomasino’s performance on August 31, September 1 & 2 at the Tan Yan Kee Auditorium, University of Santo Tomas on the following times: 10 am, 1 pm, 4 pm, 7 pm.

Reach Teatro on fb: fb.com/teatrotomasino; and twitter: @teatrotomasino. Or contact Charisse at 09053406932 or Jenny at 09062369492.

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