Tanghalang Pilipino’s ‘Ang Pag-uusig’ is returning onstage at the Cultural Center of the Philippines as an entirely new production with new cast members.
The Filipino adaptation of Arthur Miller’s classic “The Crucible” by director Dennis Marasigan using the translation of Jerry Respeto is scheduled to be performed at the recently opened Tanghalang Ignacio Gimenez (TIG), also known as the CCP Black Box Theater, from February 17 to March 12, 2023.
“This is an entirely new production since we will have actors who came from the new batch of scholars of the TP Actors Company and we’ll be staging using a new set in a new venue,” said Marasigan, who also does the lighting design.
Though set in the puritanical period in North America in the 17th century, Miller wrote “The Crucible” in the 1950s as an allegory of the US government’s massive “red-tagging” known historically as the McCarthy communist witch hunt.
TP’s “Ang Pag-uusig” remains loyal to Miller’s story about the witch hunt in Salem, Massachusetts, which happened from February 1692 to May 1963. It was initially staged in 2017 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute in the CCP’s main building for TP’s 31st Season.
Due to popular demand and after taking home six major awards from the 10th Gawad Buhay that includes Outstanding Play for TP, Outstanding Stage Direction for Marasigan, and Outstanding Translation/Adaptation for Respeto, it had another sold-out re-run in 2018.
From the original cast members are four senior TP actors: Marco Viaña, Jonathan Tadioan, Lhorvie Nuevo, and Antonette Go.
Viaña won a Gawad Buhay’s Outstanding Male Featured Performance or the equivalent of Best Supporting Actor for his role as Reverend Paris in 2017. In 2018, he played the alternate John Proctor, the role he reprises in this third staging.
Tadioan played the arrogant Judge Danforth in 2017 and was the alternate Reverend Paris in 2018. He reprises Danforth in the current iteration.
Nuevo played as Marry Warren in 2017, and alternated as Abigail Williams in 2018. This time, she plays Elizabeth Proctor.
Go reprises her 2017 and 2018 roles as Abigail Williams. In 2018, Go was also an alternate for Betty Paris.
Ten of the new TP Actor’s company scholars who were first seen in last year’s “Anak Datu” and earned praises from critics and audiences alike return to tackle new roles in “Ang Pag-uusig”:
- Aggy Mago as Mary Warren
- Arjhay Babon as Giles Corey
- Earle Figuracion as Reverend Samuel Parris
- Mark Lorenz as Reverend John Hale
- Edrick Alcontado as Ezekiel Cheever
- Vince Macapobre as Thomas Putnam
- Heart Puyong as Mrs. Ann Putnam
- Judie Dimayuga as Tituba
- Mitzi Comia as Mercy Lewis
- Sarah Monay as Betty Parris
Guest artists include:
- Monique Nellas-Bagadiong as Rebecca Nurse
- Daniel Gregorio as Judge Hathorne
- Francesca Dela Cruz as Sussana Walcot
Besides Marasigan and Respeto, “Ang Pag-uusig’s” artistic team is composed of set designer Ohm David, sound designer TJ Ramos, and costume designer Daniel Gregorio reviving and supplementing the original work of the late James Reyes.
TIG has a 250-plus capacity, depending on the seating arrangement, thus giving more audience members a chance to watch this modern classic.
February also being the Love Month, there’s no greater than love for country, and “Ang Pag-uusig” is the perfect date for admirers of homegrown sensible stage plays.
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The CCP reopened to live stage shows after the hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the Filipino Excellence Series and screened the Daang Dokyu series at the Dream Theater.
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