Rite of Passage (Sa Pagtubu Kang Tahud) - A MUST watch full-length play! #TheaterPH #SharePH

Rite of Passage
sa pagtubu kang tahud

Rite of Passage is a Palanca winning full-length play which is about a young man from the Visayas who seeks guidance in navigating his teenage years but finds none from his family. The young man is overwhelmed by the fact that no one understands him as he navigates his way through life on his own. The play was first produced by Tanghalang Pilipino for the Virgin Labfest, the Cultural Center of the Philippines' annual festival of new plays n 2005.

Men of Catungan preparing for a cockfight

Men of Catungan with ISOY's initiation rites

The play is inspired with Maria Milagros Geremia Lachica's Sa Pagtubu Kang Tahud, a kinaray-a short story which means "upon growing of the spur". Be ready to witness a build up of emotions in a very relatable story of a probinsyano situated in Barrio Catungan.

Isoy and Tiyoy Berning 

This is by far one of the BEST original filipino play I've ever seen. From the lights and sounds used, to stage and  production design, everything is flawless. The actors gave justice to each portrayals. Cholo Ledesma, who plays Isoy, has a great future in the field of theater I guess. His early exposure on stage brought him the experience he needs to play his part. Of course, an exceptional performance coming from Frances Makil-Ignacio, 24th Aliw Awards Best Actress, as she played Tiya Susing - a brilliant character who owes responsibility of taking care of Isoy and shares her personal struggle as a person. I was in tears during Tiya Susing's MOMENTS. That's how effective Ms. Frances in her portrayal.

Tiya Susing while praying the rosary and Isoy while cleaning the dishes

Tiyo Berning, Isoy and the rest of men of Catungan

Mr. Capinding boasts that everything and everyone is his first choice. He thought that directing this play might be a big challenge but since he got all as planned, he executed it with the best of his abilities. It's a mere reflection of most of his childhood years that's why it's very close to his heart.

Mr. Toots Tolentino facilitating the Q&A for press and bloggers

This play is written by Mr. Glenn Sevilla Mas, MFA, the current moderator and artistic director of Tanghalang Ateneo. It's directed by Mr. Ron Capinding, a resident director, actor, translator choreographer and workshop instructor of Tanghalang Ateneo. Rite of Passage is part of Tanghalang Ateneo's 36th Season with the theme "Navigating Identities" that portray each and everyone's struggle to define and discover oneself, one's identity and place in this world.

Mr. Toots making sure everyone's in frame for the picture taking! :) Very hands on.

The production cast and staff of Rite of Passage.

You can catch Rite of Passage at Rizal Mini Theater, Ateneo de Manila University from November 27 to December 13, 2014. 7 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinee shows on Saturdays. For ticket inquiries and reservations you can call Jessica Chua at (0906) 572 8141 or e-mail at ta.mpc78@gmail.com.

Your truly together with the brilliant writer Mr. Glenn Sevilla Mas, MFA 

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