Monday, September 27, 2010

Nick Joaquin's May Day Eve

ViARE, a student theater organization, of the University of Asia and the Pacific will be staging Nick Joaquin's "May Day Eve" as adapted for the stage and directed by two time Palanca Award Winner, Juan Ekis.
It tells a story of a family where love and bitterness is passed on by Agueda and Badoy's encounter one May eve in front of the mirror. There they saw their future spouses in the form of a witch and a devil by means of a ritual; their hearts were eaten and their blood, drank. They fell in love but their love never met. That is the curse they brought to the generations after them: to fall in love yet live in bitterness.
We all know Nick Joaquin, how his creations have been planted in the minds of many and left us all wondering how his mind works.  This play had the set, the actors, awareness and the perfect silence gave an eerie feel.  The actors showed professionalism over the play.  This play was very hard to portray since this leaned towards the dark side, and it has indeed left a gloomy feel as we have finished the play.

It was a shame though that some were not able to project their voices well. It had its moments, instances where you just need to stand up and get the feel of the intense emotions going through the play, then sit down and ponder upon how society has changed, where beliefs and misconceptions still Uhaunt our minds.

Contact Details:
For inquiries, please call Luis at (63 922) 929-3939 or email:

Telengtan Hall
5th floor Apec Communication Building
University of Asia and the Pacific, Pearl Drive
Ortigas Center, Pasig City

Show dates and Time:
Monday                               27 Sept. 7 PM (Gala)
Tuesday                               28 Sept. 7 PM (Gala)                      
Wednesday                          29 Sept. 7 PM (Gala)                      
Saturday                              02 Oct. 7 PM (Gala)                        
Monday                               04 Oct. 7 PM (Gala)                        
Tuesday                               05 Oct. 7 PM (Gala)                        
Wednesday                          06 Oct. 3PM and 7PM  (Matinee and Gala)

Tickets: 250Php
*You may read Nick Joaquin’s short story HERE

*Links about the play and updates on the organization:!/pages/ViARE/117592968284371?ref=ts  
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