Text by Marz Aglipay
Closing the 29th season of Tanghalang Pilipino is a retelling of the life of Mabini that skillfully interweaves politics and gender presented in a thematic steampunk motif. Seeing the play ultimately demystifies why Mabini was seated throughout the 2015 blockbuster film, General Luna.
Mabining Mandirigma leads Gawad Buhay!’s for being the most cited theater production of 2015. The production garnered 13 citations from the jury which included Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Stage Direction for a Musical, and Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical. Gawad Buhay! Awards of the Philippine Legitimate Stage Artists Group (Philstage) is an award giving body that recognizes and awards outstanding individuals and groups in the performing arts industry.
The first staging of Mabining Mandirigma in July 2015. Photos by Tom Esguerra
The re-staging promises a new experience for both first time and returning audiences with the newly casted lead. Playing Mabini is Liesl Batucan, Arman Ferrer alternated by David Ezra as Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, Carol Bello, Jonathan Tadioan, Lhorvie Nuevo, Antonnette Go, Doray Dayao, JV Ibesate, QueenMia, Marco Viaña, Remus Villanueva, and Aldo Vencilao to name a few.
One of the production gems is the photogenic set designed by Toym Imao. The mechanical wonders that make up the set has also been recognized and cited at Gawad Buhay! 2015 awards. Coinciding with the rerun's premier night is a special exhibition of Toym Imao's works which runs in parallel to the theme of Mabining Mandirigma making the production a visual experience as well.
Mabining Mandirigma will run for four (4) weekends starting February 19 until March 13, 2015 at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, with 3PM and 8PM shows. Ticket price starts with 1,000 for Orchestra Sides and 1,500 for Orchestra Center.
For other ticket inquiries or reservations, please contact Lei Celestino at 09088941384 or Aira Bartolome at 09273629081. Learn more about TP by visiting the Tanghalang Pilipino Facebook page or Twitter page (@CCP_TP). You may also call (+632) 832-1125 local 1620/1621.