Dulaang UP is staging Rody Vera’s adaptation of Wolfgang von Goethe’s romantic tragic masterpiece, FAUST, which will open on 15 February (Wednesday), 7:00pm, at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theatre, Palma Hall, UP Diliman.
In Medieval folk literature, Faustus was a scholar who came to the unhappy realization of his limitations as a human being- both in knowledge and access to life’s pleasures. He struck a deal with the devil to overcome all obstacles that prevented him from enjoying the fruits so unjustly denied to him, thus, he obtained the powers he desired at a very dear price. After some time he was forced to relinquish a priceless possession: his eternal soul.
Although the legend is thought to have originated from a specific and a real person, Doctor Johann Georg Faust −who lived in Germany around the turn of the 15th century −it has proved to be deeply resonant and has lived on over the centuries through numerous plays, novels, operas, artworks, puppet shows and other cultural forms.
Neil Sese and Jack Yabut alternate in the title role of FAUST while Paolo O’Hara and Mailes Kanapi alternate as Mephisto. Karen Gaerlan plays the innocent and pious Margarita.
FAUST is directed by José Estrella with her artistic team lead by Sir Anril Tiatco, Jem Javier and Bryan Viray (Dramaturgy), Barbie Tan-Tiongco (Lights), Carlo Pagunaling (Costume), Ed Lacson (Set), JM Cabling (Choreography), Jon Lazam (Sounds), and Joyce Garcia (Video).
The entanglement of religion, morality and folk narratives was problematized in the play. FAUST also joins in the celebration of the University of the Philippines Diliman Month 2017 Salaysayan: K’wentong Bayan, Kaalamang Bayan, which also is the campus-wide celebration of National Arts Month in February.
The performance dates are: February 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 28, March 1, 2, 3, 7:00pm and February 18, 19, 25, 26, March 4 and 5 10:00am and 3:00pm.
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