Camarines Sur-based Teatro Ragayano, a finalist in the Best Cultural Group category of the 2016 Aliw Awards, will stage an environmental play to commemorate World Theater Day. This was announced by artistic director Eilyn Nidea recently.

Panaghoy ng Kalikasan, an adaptation of the Palanca Award-winning play Dalawang Mukha ng Kagubatan by Emelina Gagalac Regis, will be staged at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Ragay National Agricultural and Fisheries School on March 16 and 17 at 9:30 AM, 1:30, and 4:30 PM.              

Artist-in-residence Carlos A. Arejola directs the play top billed by Virna M. Asence, Allana Paulene D. Mien, Mark Joseph H. Quintana, Rosaville G. Arietta, Althea A. Llegue, Ella Llanita, Denise D. Calindas, Jaynard M. Benosa, John Rodnel B. Brillantes, Owen S. Manalo, Francis P. Mandalihan and Jaymar De las Alas.

The production comes on the heels of the company’s debut productions Hawla and Gamgam, staged back-to-back in Ragay, Pili, and Naga City last year. The latter is Arejola’s Bikol adaptation of Susan Glaspell’s Trifles, presented auspiciously by Teatro Ragayano one hundred years after the American classic’s premiere in 1916 in Provincetown, Massachusetts.  

Completing the Panaghoy ng Kalikasan production staff are Anabel A. Haber, assistant director and production manager, Kate C. Gomez, co-assistant director, Christy G. Ranola, co-production manager, Georgette R. Imperial and Nilda Fuerte, costumes and props directors, Mario Candelaria, documentarian, Mary Ann P. Lait and Katheren Lea Nicolas, lights and sounds directors, and Nino Felipin Madridano, stage manager. 

Re-runs of the play are scheduled on August this year, back-to-back with An Kuwintas ni Gloria, Carlos A. Arejola’s Bikol adaptation of Linda T. Casper’s canonical short story in English, The Translucent Sun.

Also lined up for the company’s 2017 theater season is the staging of The Pronoun I, monologues on HIV/AIDS awareness scheduled on July.

The World Theater Day was first celebrated by the Paris-based International Theatre Institute (ITI) in 1962. It has since been annually celebrated on the 27th of March through various theater events worldwide.