Thursday, September 25, 2014

Far Eastern University Theater Guild Presents Makikitawag Lang Ako

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The Far Eastern University Theater Guild (FTG) in collaboration with the President’s Committee on Culture continues its 80th season with the staging of “Makikitawag Lang Ako”.

The FTG’s artistic director Dudz Teraña directs this beautifully devastating, remarkably eloquent and unusually comedic tragic drama.

The production features some of the group’s senior actors including Yesh Anne Burce playing the role of Maria, the protagonist of the story and Ernest John Dimayacyac as Saturno D’ Magician.

The production will run for a limited engagement of four performances on October 3 and 4 at 3 & 6 p.m. in the FEU Auditorium.

Makikitawag Lang Ako” was adapted by Risa Jopson from the chapter “I Only Came to Use the Phone” in the book “Strange Pilgrims” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, he was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature.

I Only Came to Use the Phone” is about a woman whose car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. She hitches a ride on a bus on its way to a mental institute. Before she knows what's happening, she has been admitted as a patient. Her husband, referring to their trouble-ridden history, believes she has run off with another man. When she finally finds an opportunity to call him, he curses her and hangs up. When he does arrive, he takes the doctor's account to heart and leaves the woman at the hospital, where she eventually makes a reality of the insanity imposed on her by the medical staff.

“When I read the book, I felt tense anticipating what was going to happen next,” remarked Mr. Teraña. “I remember it was raining when I read it which gave an even more chilling feeling. As situations got worse in the story, it hit me that it was the perfect material for the next production! It was just a matter of making it fit the entertainment and taste of society today while retaining the theme of mystery and tragedy.”

The production will portray the theme of dislocation and the strangeness of life in a different environment. Marquez’ classic will be given an added twist in the form of extra scenes and songs as well as a touch of modern linguistics for younger audiences to appreciate while retaining the classic’s deeper meaning for older audiences.

The FTG is an 80-year old non-profit university based theater organization that has built a reputation on contemporary variety plays, high quality productions and adventurous live theater.

For further details please contact Mr. Adrian Sevilla, Marketing Head of the FEU Theater Guild at +639152884686, The President’s Committee on Culture at 736-4897 or email: . Tickets will be available for people without a valid FEU ID for 100 pesos.

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