In response to the growing myths and misconceptions about the Martial Law era, a new group has launched a series of plays about living and dying during the Marcos regime, beginning September 21, 2016 at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani.
NEVER AGAIN: THE VOICES OF MARTIAL LAW is a series of nine (9) plays, produced by Ladies Who Launch (LWL), designed to create awareness about the harsh realities of living during the years after the declaration of Martial Law, the people around them, their work and how it has affected people to this day.
Included in the lineup are the Palanca Award-winning “Bulong-bulongan Sa Sangandaan” by Ramon Jocson which be directed by theater luminary Audie Gemora, “Loyalist Redux”, a comedy written and directed by Kanakan Balintagos, first staged at the 12th Virgin Labfest with theater star Pinky Amador in the title role, and “Duyan Ka Ng Magiting” written and directed by Erica Estacio, first seen at the People Power Experiential Museum.
LWL says “Our goal is to unearth these stories and make them visible, visceral, and palpable. We want those alive today to remember the victims as people, not just as statistics or bios on a website. Above all, we want to ensure that the evils of Martial Law are never forgotten, never repeated.”
The six original plays created for NEVER AGAIN: THE VOICES OF MARTIAL LAW are “Princess Lilli” written by Layeta Bucoy and directed by Tuxs Rutaquio, “Disco 1081” written by George de Jesus III and directed by Melvin Lee, “Shhh” written by Allan Lopez and directed by Jenny Jamora, “Indigo Child” written by Rody Vera and directed by Jose Estrella, “Thingy (or Or Ang Pak na Pak Ganern na Ganern sa Pakikipagsapalaran ni Melenyo, D’ Great Pokemon Hunter ” written by Chris Martinez and directed by Dennis Marasigan and “Ang Lihim na Kasaysayan ng Huling Habilin ni Ferdinand Edralin Marcos (Spiritual King Solomon of Israel) Hinggil sa Pamanang Kayamanan ni King Bernardo Carpio at Jose Protacio Rizal Para sa Pagpapaunlad ng Bansang Pilipinas na Siyang Nalalaman ni Mang Ambo, Taxi Driver” written by Guelan Varela-Luarca and directed by Roobak Valle.
The play will have a gala premiere on September 21, the anniversary of the proclamation of Martial Law. Shows to perform “Duyan Ka Ng Magiting”, “Disco 1081” and “Ang Lihim na Kasaysayan ng Huling Habilin ni Ferdinand Edralin Marcos (Spiritual King Solomon of Israel) Hinggil sa Pamanang Kayamanan ni King Bernardo Carpio at Jose Protacio Rizal Para sa Pagpapaunlad ng Bansang Pilipinas na Siyang Nalalaman ni Mang Ambo, Taxi Driver”.
Weekend performances will run from September 23 until to October 16. After this run at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani, the production is also scheduled for school and city tours.
Below are the playdates for each of the 3 sets of NEVER AGAIN: VOICES OF MARTIAL LAW:
Sets and play dates are as follows:
Set A – Sept 23/8PM, Oct 1/8PM, 9/4PM, 15/8PM
Written and Directed by Kanakan Balintagos
“Duyan ka ng Magiting”
Written and Directed by Erika Estacio
“Thingy Or Ang Pak na Pak, Ganern na Ganern Sa Pakikipagsapalaran ni Melenyo, D’Great Pokemon Hunter”
Written by Chris Martinez
Directed by Dennis Marasigan
Set B – Sept 24/8PM, 30/8PM, Oct 8/8PM, 16/4PM
Written by George De Jesus
Directed by Melvin Lee
Written by Layeta Bucky
Directed by Tuxqs Rutaquio
“Bulong-Bulongan sa Sangandaan”
Written by Ramon Jocson
Directed by Audie Gemora
Set C – Sept 25/4PM, Oct 2/4PM, 7/8PM, 14/8PM
Written by Allan Lopez
Directed by Jenny Jamora
Written by Rody Vera
Directed by Jose Estrella
“Ang Lihim na Kasaysayan ng Huling Habilin ni Ferdinand Edralin Marcos (Spiritual King Solomon of Israel) Hinggil sa Pamanang Kayamanan ni King Bernardo Carpio at Jose Protacio Rizal Para sa Pagpapaunlad ng Bansang Pilipinas na Syang Nalalaman ni Mang Ambo, Taxi Driver”
Written by Guelan Luarca
Directed by Roobak Valle
For the regular run, tickets are at PhP 500 per show consisting of three plays while a series pass allowing entry to all shows are at 1300. For inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact +639178106256, or you can visit their Facebook page by clicking here.
SOURCE: Ladies Who Launch