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Nonon Padilla’s ‘Ang Dakilang Teatro ng Daigdig’ back onstage at CCP

With Tony Perez's play, it combines Spanish classic drama and Filipino contemporary theater

Piging ng May-Akda

‘Ang Dakilang Teatro ng Daigdig’ photoshoot

Ang Dakilang Teatro ng Daigdig, the Filipino adaptation of the 1634 masterpiece El gran teatro del mundo (The Great Theater of the World) by the reputable dramatist and poet of the Spanish Golden Age Pedro Calderon de la Barca, will be back onstage beginning Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

Directed by Philstage Gawad Buhay awardee Nonon Padilla, the full-length production presents the Filipino translation by Carlos Palanca Memorial Awardee George de Jesus III, with seamless incorporation of the 1967 one-act play Hoy, Boyet by the multi-awarded Filipino playwright, lyricist, psychic journalist noted for Spirit Quests, and portraitist Tony Perez.

Combining the mastery of acclaimed artists into a new creation, it intertwines the distinct characteristics of the Spanish classic drama and the Filipino contemporary theater.

First performed in 2019 by student-artists from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Ang Dakilang Teatro Ng Daigdig is an allegorical depiction that follows the Catholic Church doctrine that unravels the essence of man’s existence and impermanence. As a teaser, the 2022 iteration was performed during the opening night of the Tanghalang Ignacio Gimenez, the newly built Blackbox Theater of the CCP.

Death visits the King

Death visits ‘pulubi’

In this reevaluation and reflection, both the characters and the spectators are immersed in decisions and actions, the value of life and free will, as well as the idea of the true and perpetual being.

The restaging features performances by distinguished theater personalities who reprise their roles: Frank Rivera as Ang May-Akda and Sherry Lara as Kagandahan.

It will include some of the original cast members and alumni from the Benilde Theater Arts, Music Production, and Dance Programs: Jannah Baniasia (Ang Daigdig), Kyle Confesor (Ang Pulubi), Sarah Garcia (Hinahon), Karl Caminade (Conrado, Ang Hari), Karel Coldenhoff (Ang Mayaman), Stacy Abarca (Tinig), Dani Idea (Ang Batas ng Awa), John Anthony Peñaranda (Augusto, Ang Manggagawa), and Elijah Mendoza (Kamatayan).

Completing the roster are Ranz Aganan (Virgilio, Buwan, Rosauro) and Allen Orolfo (Renato, Araw, Eduardo), while the Chorus is comprised of Jacob Perez, Maureen Aviles, and James Lanante.

Batas ng Awa

Ang Dakilang Teatro ng Daigdig show schedule is as follows: Friday, November 4 (7 p.m.), Saturday, November 5 (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.), and Sunday, November 6 (2 p.m.). It will also have shows on Friday, November 11 (7 p.m.), Saturday, November 12 (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.), and Sunday, November 13 (2 p.m.)

Tickets are available at P500 each at the CCP Box Office (tel. nos. 8832-3704/8832-1125 local 1409) and TicketWorld (tel. nos. 8891-9999/0917-5506997 (Globe)/0999-9545922 (Smart) or visit . Students, senior citizens, and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) are entitled to 20 percent discount.

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