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September 19, 2011

Tatlong Tabing


After the rousing success of Noli Me Tangere, the Musical, its 25th Season opener which ran for 22 performances, Tanghalang Pilipino continues its to celebrate 25 years of the best of Philippine Theater by honoring Filipino Artists as architects of the Filipino Identity. TP salutes its resident playwrights notably Tony Perez, Paul Dumol, Malou Jacob, and Rene Villanueva, all of whom belong to the league of contemporary scribes whose deep sense of love of country, of peace, of truth and justice, and of integrity and spirituality infuse their work with a particular Filipino perspective on the aspirations and challenges of modern-day life.

For its second offering, TP pays tribute to one of its most prolific playwrights in Tatlong Tabing: Three Plays by Tony Perez, featuring three of Tony Perez’s most outstanding plays. Tony Perez, who has spent over two decades eloquently dissecting the Filipino psyche, is an important playwright in contemporary Philippine drama. A prolific playwright with several volumes of published works, his plays deal with adult themes such as intense love, betrayal, separation, compassion, poverty, hunger, marriage, birth, and death. Dissecting the Filipino psyche, his plays deal with adult themes such as intense love, betrayal, separation, compassion, poverty, birth and death. The plays will be directed by a team of artists and educators who act, direct, write, and design.

Playwright Tony Perez

The plays featured in this trilogy trace the artistic development of Tony Perez as a playwright. Sierra Lakes is a tension-filled usap-usapan (dramatic conversation) that explores issues among four people caught in a complicated web of love and desire. It will be directed by Tess Jamias, an alumna of the TP actors company. Bombita is a black comedy which questions the blind obedience and subservience behaviour of young rookies in the military. Funny, but almost in a pathetic way, it reveals the emotional and intellectual short-comings of our men in uniform. It will be directed by Dennis Marasigan, TP’s former Artistic Director. Nobyembre, Noong Akala Ko’y Mahal Kita, a case study of the absence of love in an average, middle-class male in contemporary Philippine society, is part of the multi-awarded playwright’s thought-provoking trilogy about love, friendship and companionship, and their consequences in our lives. It will be directed by Tuxqs Rutaquio, one of today’s most sought-after theater directors.

The cast of Bombita

Adrienne Vergara and Rayna Reyes in Sierra Lakes

The cast of Nobyembre

Tatlong Tabing: Three Plays by Tony Perez showcases the talent and versatility of TP’s very own Actors Company, which includes Jelson Bay, Riki Benedicto, Martha Comia, Regina De Vera, Gino Ramirez, Rayna Reyes, Jonathan Tadioan and Marco Viaña. Joining the cast are TP alumni including Mayen Estañero, Marjorie Lorico, Russell Legaspi and Dan Jarden de Guzman. The production also features guest performances of Anthony Falcon, Bodie Cruz, a mainstream actor and Acey Aguilar, an alumnus of the Philippine High School for the Arts.

Tatlong Tabing: Three Plays by Tony Perez will run from September 30 to October 23 2011 at the CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute. As part of the celebration, an exhibit of Tony Perez’s paintings will be mounted during the entire run of the production.

Interested sponsors, showbuyers, and block buyers may call us for more details at 8323661, 832 1125 local 1620/1621. Look for Lorelei Celestino or Paulo Perez. Tickets are also available at Ticketworld at 891999 and at the CCP Box Office. Visit the official TP website at for other information.

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