[Blueboard] ANG ORESTEYAS at the Rizal Mini Theater

Maria Luz C. Vilches mvilches at ateneo.edu
Fri Jul 12 08:39:24 PHT 2013

Tanghalang Ateneo, in collaboration with the Fine Arts Program, celebrates
its 35th Season this year “Reimagining the Greeks” by staging four classic
Greek plays beginning with Aeschylus’ trilogy Oresteia viewed from a
contemporary perspective, now ANG ORESTEYAS.

This is a great way of creating a bridge between classical theater and
contemporary thought. One then realizes that there is something universal
about emotions and behavior that make up the fabric of human experience.
Whether Greek of Filipino, whether in Mycenae or in Manila – human beings
are subject to certain traps that create tragic heroes and heroines or play
with their own foibles that bring them to the comic centers of their lives.

I wish the cast and all who labored through this production, great success!
It’s wonderful to have Jay Crisostomo back with us on Ang Oresteyas – a
showcase of talent as well as the fruit of mentorship and mastery of craft
having learned a lot from the master mentor, Ricky Abad, the Artistic
Director of the play. Now, Aeschylus’ Oresteia does not just ‘sound Greek’
to us. It is before us live so we can understand and appreciate better what
human motivations are and how decisions are not based on black and white
realities but on shades of gray.

The play runs from July 11 to 27 at the Rizal Mini-Theater, Ateneo de
Manila University. For inquiries and ticket reservations, call Angelique
Basa 09176309097.

Come and watch the show.


Dean, School of Humanities
Associate Professor, Department of English
Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights 1108, Quezon City, Philippines
Telephone (632) 4266001, Ext. 5300, 5301
Telephone & Fax (632)4261042

 “Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.”
– Rabindranath Tagore

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