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‘Grace’, Floy Quintos’ New Play about 1948 Religious Controversy, to Run this May

‘Grace’, Floy Quintos’ New Play about 1948 Religious Controversy, to Run this May

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Floy Quintos and Dexter M. Santos, who have collaborated for the past 11 years as playwright and director respectively, are now embarking on their 7th collaboration with Grace, a new play based on a religious controversy in 1948, to be produced by Stella Cañete-Mendoza and Juliene Mendoza.

The play is based on the true story of Sister Teresita “Teresing” Castillo, then a novice nun, who claimed that after many encounters with the devil, the Virgin Mother appeared to her in the convent of the Discalced Carmelites in Lipa Carmel, Batangas as Mary, Mediatrix of all Grace. Her account, along with the alleged apparitions and miracles, ignited a national controversy in 1948 that remains unresolved and continues to haunt the Philippine church and its faithful today.


The cast features Stella Cañete-Mendoza, Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Frances Makil-Ignacio, Missy Maramara, Matel Patayon, Leo Rialp, Dennis Marasigan, Nelsito Gomez, Jojo Cayabyab, and Raphne Catorce. 

Joining Quintos and Santos in the artistic team are Mitoy Sta. Ana (Production Design), John Batalla (Lighting Designer), Steven Tansiongco (Graphic and Video Designer), Arvy Dimaculangan (Music and Sound Designer), Mikko Angeles (Assistant Director & Video Publicity), Marvin Olaes (Dramaturg and Publicity Manager), Davidson Oliveros (Dramaturg and Publicity Manager), and Meliton Roxas, Jr. (Technical Director)

Quintos and Santos have previously collaborated on six other plays, all of which premiered in Dulaang UP and the UP Playwrights’ Theatre: Collection (Dulaang UP, 2013), Ang Nawalang Kapatid (Dulaang UP, 2014), Ang Huling Lagda ni Apolinario Mabini (Dulaang UP, 2014), Angry Christ (UP Playwrights’ Theatre, 2017), The Kundiman Party (UP Playwrights’ Theatre, 2018), and The Reconciliation Dinner (Dulaang UP, 2022).

Grace runs every Saturday and Sunday from May 25 to June 16, with shows at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm, at the PMCS Blackbox Theater, Circuit Makati. Tickets will be available on March 23 at Ticket2Me. For inquiries, contact 09952086334/ grace.spotlight.2024@gmail.com. 


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