Thursday, September 30, 2010
Tanghalang Pilipino and the Lark Play Development Center Present "American Hwangap" at the CCP on October 1 to 3, 2010
The Cultural Center of the Philippines and
Tanghalang Pilipino in cooperation with
The Lark Play Development Center
Directed by Chris Millado
CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater)
Tagalog October 1, 2010 (Friday) 8:00 PM
Tagalog October 2, 2010 (Saturday) 3:00 PM
English October 2, 2010 (Saturday) 8:00 PM
Tagalog October 3, 2010 (Sunday) 3:00 PM
Tanghalang Pilipino and the Lark Play Development Center of New York Present the Asian Premiere of "American Hwangap"
Lloyd Suh`s American Hwangap makes its Asian premiere at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) at the Cultural Center of the Philippines starting September 10 until October 3, 2010. After a successful West Coast and Off-Broadway run, Tanghalang Pilipino and the Lark Play Development Center of New York collaborate to bring the production to Philippine audiences in its original English version and in Tagalog translation.
The dysfunctional comedy is set in a suburban Texas home whose members are shaken by the arrival of a long lost father who has come home to celebrate his 60th birthday. The wife and children wrestle with their broken past as they prepare for the celebration of the `hwangap`---the 60th birthday ritual that marks the completion of the zodiac cycle and also signals rebirth.
Luminaries of theater and cinema Mario O`Hara and Gina Pareno (Tagalog cast), Bembol Roco and Celeste Legaspi (English cast) lead the ensemble completed by Liezl Batucan, Nico Manalo and Jeremy Domingo. The play is directed by Chris Millado. Tagalog translation is by Joi Barrios Le-Blanc, set design by Mio Infante, light design by Katsch Catoy, sound design and original score by Jethro Joaquin and costume design by Kahlila Aguilos.
American Hwangap received its West Coast premiere in March 2009 at the Magic Theatre, San Francisco and then its New York premiere in May 2009 by Ma-Yi Theater Company. The play was produced as part of the Lark Play Development Center`s "Launching New Plays into the Repertoire Initiative" supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The New York Times described the production as "lovingly drawn and filled with endearing quirks that make it a delight to watch." Time Out New York recommended the production as a "must see" calling it "a family reunion reimagined as a Western shootout."
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