Ang Oresteyas kicks off Tanghalang Ateneo’s 35th season


Ang Oresteyas, a condensed and highly contemporary version of Aeschylus’ trilogy, Oresteia, kicks off “Reimagining the Greeks,” Tanghalang Ateneo’s 35th Repertory Season. 

As in the original classic, the play explores the themes of revenge, murder and redemption with a focus on Orestes’ revenge of his father’s death in the hands of her aggrieved mother.  Told in thirteen scenes, in modern Filipino and movements drawn from contemporary dance, Ang Oresteyas lays out the circumstances that provoke Orestes’ matricide, asks the jurors (the audience included) for a verdict, and highlights the dilemma of personal conscience in making moral decisions.

Palanca-award winner B.J. Crisostomo fashioned the text, while Ricky Abad and Myra Beltran, who also choreographed the play, serve as co-directors.  Completing the artistic staff are Teresa Barrozo for music and sound design, Charles Yee and Chelsea Ong for production design, both supervised by Gino Gonzales; Jonjon Villareal for lighting design, and Reamur David for graphic design. Together, these artists collaborate with actors in constructing a third space on which ancient Greek texts may resonate on today’s stage.

Heading the cast are Nicolo Magno and Paul Jake Paule who alternate as Orestes, Frances Makil-Ignacio and Lesley Leveriza who take turns in the pivotal role of Klytemnestra, Orestes’ mother, while Brian Sy and Shiek Abraham swap appearances as Orestes’ father, Agammemnon.  Delphine Buenacamino and Miela Sayo play Elektra, Joanna Santos and Opaline Lerio portray Kassandra, Joseph dela Cruz and Ian Lomongo essay the role of Agistos, while Arvin Trinidad  Plyades.

A chorus of energetic actors performs multiple parts – the dreaded Mandaragit and the more supportive Madreng Itim as well as the parts of narrators, townspeople, and palace personnel. Playing these demanding parts are: Angelique Basa, Raflesia Bravo, Guilbert Codog, JP Dayao, Rico Duran del Rosario, Joe-Nel Garcia, David Magbanua, Merdin Mojica, Leonides Pena, Randy Solis, Katherina Salta, and Glyssa Soriano.

Ang Oresteyas will run at the Rizal Mini-Theater, Ateneo de Manila University, from July 11 – 27, at 7 p.m., with 2 p.m. shows on the Saturdays of July 13, 20 and 27. For inquiries and reservations, contact Angelique Basa at 0917-630-9097.

Catch the first reimagining of Greek classics this season.  Come and watch Ang Oresteyas.

Contact Details:

For inquiries and reservations, contact Angelique Basa at (63 917) 630-9097.

Ateneo University 
Ateneo de Manila University

Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines


Thursday July 11, 2013 7:00 PM
Friday July 12, 2013 7:00 PM
Saturday July 13, 2013
– 2:00 PM
– 7:00 PM
Sunday July 14, 2013 7:00 PM
Monday July 15, 2013 7:00 PM
Tuesday July 16, 2013 7:00 PM
Wednesday July 17, 2013 7:00 PM
Thursday July 18, 2013 7:00 PM
Friday July 19, 2013 7:00 PM
Saturday July 20, 2013
– 2:00 PM
– 7:00 PM
Sunday July 21, 2013 7:00 PM
Monday July 22, 2013 7:00 PM
Tuesday July 23, 2013 7:00 PM
Wednesday July 24, 2013 7:00 PM
Thursday July 25, 2013 7:00 PM
Friday July 26, 2013 7:00 PM
Saturday July 27, 2013
– 2:00 PM
– 7:00 PM

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