After their successful collaboration in a 2014 stage production–‘Bonifacio and The Freakshow’ which utilized rap in dialogues and pop culture songs as musical numbers rendered through a live 60+ piece string ensemble of University of the Philippines-Los Baños (UPLB) Harmonya, held at the Dioscorro Umali Hall—Joey Ting and Layeta Bucoy is reunited in a play titled ‘Coro de los Diablos’, adapted from English novelist William Golding’s ‘The Lord of the Flies’, set on September 25 (Friday), 7pm; September 26 (Saturday) and 27 (Sunday), 3pm and 7pm, respectively at Tanghalang Hermogenes Ylagan of the College of Arts and Letters building, UP Diliman.
The play will be mounted by Dulaang Laboratoryo in Diliman.
Director Joey and playwright Layeta are both UPLB faculty members under the Department of Humanities. Ting teaches speech communication and theatre classes while playwright Bucoy handles Filipino and creative writing classes.
Golding’s novel was adapted into a film shot on location at Lipanta, Padre Burgos, in Quezon Province back in 1975. The ace comedian Roderick Paulate and Eddie Villamayor, both were young during those times were the stars of the said screen production that was produced by the one and only Superstar—Nora Aunor and was written by Nicanor Cleto Jr. and directed by Lupita A. Concio.
However from a very serious tone of drama, the Layeta Bucoy-version of ‘Coro de los Diablos’ has turned into a dark humour instead. It explores young male and female students that could have attended the World Youth Convention, but their plane crashed along with the other attendees on a mysterious island, unidentified, uninhabited and seemingly possessed. For days, survivors have volunteered to initially cooperate but as the action thickens, leadership has put to question with malice. Apart from the tone, the play is set to World War III that developed psychological imbalances on the students due to chemical substances that may have affected the minds of the young survivors since air-borne diseases are generally hazardous.
The approach of the play is different as Ting provides and prepares the actors their physical, emotional, psychological attributes, which is a challenging task to the ensemble. This is likely to appeal to young audiences since it is compared to the best-selling novel by American author Suzanne Collins of ‘The Hunger Games’, but Golding’s ‘The Lord of the Flies’ came first, but this time presents the atrocities of war with discourses on science-fiction and futuristic mood. Its set, costumes, its music and its sound, visuals and acting—have been unified to clearly state the current conditions of the Philippines and the whole world.
The production boasts of competent and hardworking cast members that feature Vincent Pajara as Migs and Gabo Tolentino as Sam, together with acting recital projects of Mark Mirando as Jules, Charm Aranton as Pat, Lei Ann Quinquileria as Donna and Kyrstynne Vargas as Girlie.
Artistic team members are – Io Balanon for set and props design, Mark Mirando for costume and styling, Arvy Dimaculangan for music and sound, Pamela Paige for lighting, Joyce Garcia for video, Carlo Aranton for poster design and Prof. Vladimeir Gonzales for photography. Also included in the students’ recital are Kyrstynne Vargas (production management), Ryan Nuňez (technical direction) with the help of their fellow majors namely Nica Marcelo (stage management), Mandrake (stage hands), Mara Agleham (sounds apprentice) and Chibi Manalo (sounds boardman).
UP Department of Speech Communication and Theater Arts faculty advisers are Prof. Banaue Miclat-Janssen and Dr. Alexander Cortez.
Free admission to all shows and for ticket reservations and inquiries, please contact +639151286401. On updates about the show, check its facebook page.