News: UP Dulaang Laboratoryo present Nick Joaquin’s The Summer Solstice (FREE ADMISSION)

UP DULAANG LABORATORYO – The Summer Solstice Poster

UP Dulaang Laboratoryo’s adaptation of The Summer Solstice is a Chamber Theatre Performance that carries a vision to bring once again National Artist Nick Joaquin’s classic tale on stage, this time as an oral interpretation.

The story features controversial themes about the three-day Tadtarin ritual where women celebrate their femininity and fertility. It is set on the feast day of Saint John in the 1850s. Beginning in the possession of Amada, Entoy’s wife, by the Tadtarin spirit, Doña Lupeng is stirred into skepticism and awe about the age-old ritual in their town. She mocks men in the procession, and she listens to Guido, her husband’s cousin, telling her about the supremacy of women. Don Paeng, her husband, claims that women should need love and respect, not adoration. The drama continues to Doña Lupeng’s decision to join the ritual, giving her momentary power, and Don Paeng submitting to her presence.

The adaptation of The Summer Solstice into a Chamber Theater Performance is a new meaning-making feat about this timeless classic that taps issues on gender, power, and structure—making it one of the most important literary works in history that is Nick Joaquin’s legacy.

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March 6, 2020 -7:30PM

March 7, 2020 – 3:30PM &  7:30PM

March 8,, 2020 – 3:30PM &  7:30PM

Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan, Pavilion 3, Palma Hall, UP
Diliman, Quezon City




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Orly S. Agawin

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Orly has been writing for The Jellicle Blog since 2008. He is a training and development consultant by day and an art enthusiast by night. He lives in Parañaque with his mom.

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