WATCH: “Lysistrata ng Bakwit” by Tanghalang Ateneo is Now Online!
Lysistrata ng Bakwit, Tanghalang Ateneo’s modern adaptation of Aristophanes’ Greek classic, was staged in 2018 at The Doreen Black Box in Areté as the company’s 39th Season finale.
Set in an imaginary war-torn Philippine province, Lysistrata ng Bakwit follows the revolt of women bakwit (evacuees) as they take a stand in the ‘men’s world’– ensuing wars concerning ancestral land, familial ties, and tribal disputes. Days away from being sent back to their relocation areas, Lysistrata urges the women of the bakwit from two rival tribes to get together in a resolution to withhold sex from their partners in protest to the war time-peace time cycle that they face almost every year.
Chase Salazar alternates with Sabrina Basilio as Lysistrata, the defiant Kapitana who mobilizes the women of the bakwit, seeking to bring peace to their province through her own methods. Joining them are Blanche Buhia, who alternates with CJ Lubangco as Mayet, Rina Reinoso who alternates with Bianca Bautista as Kayla, Camille Abaya, who alternates with Bea Racoma as Lotlot, Cholo Ledesma, who alternates with Earvin Estioco as Carding and Caloy, Arsenio Armas as Kumander Taguilid, Gabo Tolentino as Kumander Lagutin, Andre Alcantara who alternates with John Sanchez as Vice Mayor, SP Baldemeca as Mang Endong, and Iman Ampatuan as Nanay Menggay. They are joined by Tanghalang Ateneo’s ensemble of actors who play the chorus of men and women.
Written by Sabrina Basilio and Gerald P. Manuel (with guidance from Guelan Varela-Luarca), the artistic team also includes Chelsea Hermoso, Wills Gomez and Gerald P. Manuel (with guidance from Charles Yee) for set design, D Cortezano for lighting design, Ara Fernando for costume design, Jayson Gildore at ng Pintig for sound and music design, Nicolo Ricardo Magno together with Royliten bin Robert and Alizan bin Alamat for choreography, and Ange Espiritu, Pops Panganiban, and Jeanine Rojo for graphics design. The show is directed by Ricardo Abad.
You can watch the entire play below.