After successfully staging the seditiously dangerous “Aurelio Sedisyoso,” Tanghalang Pilipino (TP) is all set to challenge the audience once more with their next production – “Ang Pag-uusig,” a Jerry Respeto translation of the Arthur Miller classic “The Crucible.” This production goes onstage starting September 29 and runs until October 22 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Originally a play about the infamous Salem Witch Trials, “Ang Pag-uusig,” directed by Dennis Marasigan, will allegorize and examine the current political and social state of the country, making this timely and a must-watch for every concerned Filipinos.
Leading the cast of “Ang Pag-uusig” are the members of the TP Actor’s Company – JV Ibesate as John Proctor, Toni Go as Abigail Williams, Doray Dayao as Elizabeth Proctor/Tituba, Marco Viana as Reverend Paris, Lhorvie Nuevo as Mary Warren/ Rebecca Nurse, Blanche Buhia as Betty Paris, Eunice Pacia as Mercy Lewis, Monique Nellas as Susana Walcott/Anna Putnam, Aldo Vencilao as Giles Corey, Ybes Bagadiong as Thomas Putnam, Joshua Tayco as Reverend John Hale, Daniel Gregorio as Judge Hathorne, Erick Sindol as Ezekiel Cheever, and Jonathan Tadioan as Deputy Governor Danforth.
“The play is a careful examination in the life bred out of fear and the people who will take advantage in feeding on those fears to gain power, something that is very timely with what is happening in our country,” says JV. “Arthur Miller’s play clearly depicts a universal theme that continues to live on until the present times, and quite possibly, in the years to come.”
When asked how he feels that TP is launching him as a lead actor via “Ang Pag-uusig,” JV admits being overwhelmed with the challenge as this role has been played by Liam Neeson, Daniel Day-Lewis, and respected local theater actors Vic Silayan, and Bart Guingona. He adds, “the role of John Proctor is not the typical protagonist, in that he is very flawed. He is very human and very grounded. The play starts out with his ‘sin’ and that’s something that he carries all throughout the play – and that makes the character very complex and hard, but very exciting.”
JV is also excited that he and his co-members of the TP Actor’s Company will embark on this “Ang Pag-uusig” journey saying, “this will exhibit our growth as individual artists and as a group. The Actor’s Company goes more mature, bolder. It will not be easy, but we are willing to take this hard road for everyone who has been supportive of us, and to all fans of local theater.”
“Ang Pag-uusig,” which tackles societal taboos such as illicit affairs and the uncovering of a family’s darkest secrets, is rated PG-13.
Tickets are priced at PHP 1000 (VIP), PHP 800 (Bleachers). Available at Ticketworld Online and Outlets with hotline +632 8919999, the CCP Box Office +632 8323704, and the Tanghalang Pilipino office +632 8321125 loc 1620 and +63915 6072275.