UPPT Stages Floy Quintos’ ‘Angry Christ’

ANGRY CHRIST, a new play by Floy Quintos, vividly imagines the process that Ossorio underwent while conceiving and executing his masterpiece. As in many of his works, historical fact and artistic license meld to produce a thought provoking piece of theatre peopled by characters historical and fictional.

Background

Perhaps one of the most enigmatic works of Philippine contemporary art is the mural entitled THE LAST JUDGEMENT in the Chapel of ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER in the Victorias Sugar Mill in Negros Occidental. The work of the Fil-American painter Alfonso Ossorio was created in 1950, a time of great social upheaval in Negros.

Angry Christ

Ossorio was born to a family of great wealth. His father, Don Miguel Ossorio, was from a wealthy Manila merchant clan. Although he was born in Manila, he was sent to study in England at 8 years old and returned to the land of his birth only in 1949. After finishing what many acknowledge as his masterpiece, Ossorio flew back to the United States where he established his reputation as a painter and a patron of such artistic giants as Jackson Pollock and Jean Dubuffet. He never returned to the Philippines.

The mural both shocked and scandalized the people of Negros when it was first unveiled late in 1950. Today, the entire chapel is a tourist attraction as well as an important part of Negros history. It is a singular treasure of Philippine art.

About the Play

ACT 1 covers the period when Ossorio first came home to begin work. His younger brother Frederic has commissioned a foreign architect to build a chapel. Ossorio brings with him the Countess, Ade de Bethune to design the church’s mosaics. While de Bethune easily integrates herself into the life of the sakadas, Alfonso must struggle with the many influences that shape the mural. The ghosts of his troubled childhood, his sexual preference, the poverty of the sakadas and the growing insurgency all prove deeply troubling. Equally troubling are the conventions of traditional liturgical art which he finds stale and limiting. A fictional character, Anselmo, a boy from a sakada family, is Alfonso’s assistant. Try as he may, Anselmo cannot accept the conventions of Ossorio’s art.

Angry Christ

In ACT 2, Alfonso decides on the theme of the mural. Going against all convention and acknowledging all opposing influences, he begins to create a statement that reconciles both dark and light in his nature.

Angry Christ

Artistic Team

Playwright- Floy Quintos
Direction & Choreography- Dexter Santos
Production Design- Gino Gonzales
Lights- Monino Duque
Music- Krina Cayabyab
Dramaturgy- Marvin Olaes
Photography- JC Inocian
Poster- Mikko Angeles

Performance Dates

First Week
April 26 (Wednesday) – 7PM
April 27 (Thursday) – 7PM
April 28 (Friday) – 7PM
April 29 (Saturday) – 10AM
April 29 (Saturday) – 3PM
April 30 (Sunday) – 10AM
April 30 (Sunday) – 3PM

Second Week
May 3 (Wednesday) – 7PM
May 4 (Thursday) – 7PM
May 5(Friday) –7PM
May 6 (Saturday) – 10AM
May 6 (Saturday) – 3PM
May 7(Sunday) –10AM
May 7(Sunday) –3PM

Third Week
May 10 (Wednesday) – 7PM
May 11 (Thursday) – 7PM
May 12(Friday) – 7PM
May 13(Saturday) – 10AM
May 13(Saturday) – 3PM
May 14(Sunday) – 10AM
May 14(Sunday) – 3PM

Show Details

VENUE: Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2/F Palma Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon City
TICKET PRICE: Php 500.00 *Discounts are available for bulk purchases.

For inquiries: ARKEL MENDOZA 0908 814 9975

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