I watched one of the last few shows of this year’s run of Sintang Dalisay by Tanghalang Ateneo. Actually, I was able to watch the Gala Night performance, but I was a full hour late so I really wanted to watch another time. I was invited to take photos during the performance as well, so I had a prime seat front and center. I knew majority of the people on the cast, so it was fun to be so near them during the entire performance and try not to look at them directly in the eye so as to not elicit laughter.
It was beautiful. This is quoted from the Philippine Star’s article on them from last August 6, 2012:
“Sintang Dalisay is a dramatic piece forged from the awit,Ang Sintang Dalisay ni Julieta at Romeo, written in 1901 by G D. Roke and from Rolando Tinio’s translation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
The adaptation is localized and set in Sempurna, an imaginary Muslim community, with the Mustafas and the Kalimuddins as two prominent families mired in an age-old hatred for each other. Caught in this family strife are Rashiddin and Jamila, two lovers, secretly married, who are forced to separate from each other after Rashiddin kills a member of the Kalimuddin clan to avenge the death of his cousin. A demand for justice, Rashiddin’s exile to Dapitan, a clandestine tryst, a missing letter and a scheme that goes awry culminate in the death of the lovers and the reconciliation of the two families smothered in grief and regret.”
Read the rest of the article here.
If you didn’t get a chance to watch it, watch out for their run in CCP this coming November for their National Theater Festival. :)