Tanghalang Pilipino presents its 31st theater season play entitled “Nang Dalawin ng Pag-ibig si Juan Tamad”, a new and original production based on National Artist Nick Joaquin’s story “How Love Came to Juan Tamad.” Literary critics describe it as the correct explanation why Mariyang Makiling forever nurses a broken heart and why Juan Tamad remains a pop idol; a model for the young.
Psst.ph had the chance to do a quick interview with “Nang Dalawin ng Pagibig si Juan Tamad, ” director Jonathan Tadioan.
What kind of directing did you apply to this play?
Conventional directing but more collaborative with the actors where we explore every possibility in how we attack characters in different perspectives. We were more playful in a sense that it was exploratory and experiential.
Any challenging encounters? And how are the actors working with you?
“Nang Dalawin ng Pagibig si Juan Tamad” is a children’s play. Mahirap gumawa ng children’s play kasi kailangan mo ibalik ang sarili mo sa mga panahon na wala ka pang judgement sa iba’t ibang bagay o mga tao. Being a child allowed you to enjoy having limitless ideas (somewhat like Alice in Alice in Wonderland). As a child, you believed in magic – things or circumstances didn’t have to have a scientific explanation. Hindi mo dinadaya yung sarili mo at ina-analyze ang lahat based sa kung anong nakikita, naririnig, naamoy at nahahawakan.”
“Working with the Actors Company is an incredible feeling. In this production, “roles” are shifted or reversed – some get to be actors, others to be in the production side. It’s a well-oiled machine that works. We know each other inside out. We have that natural instinct working together because we have known each other for a while, and we have been studying, working and acting together. There is no adjustment period. Hindi ka na magsasabi ng kung ano pa ang kailangan nilang gawin. ‘Nagkakaamuyan na kayo,’ so to speak. Alam ninyo ang pitik ng isa’t isa. Mas masarap maglaro bilang mga miyembro ng teatro.”
Why should people watch this play?
It’s a re-telling of the story of Banahaw, Juan Tamad and Mariyang Makiling. Imagine three of our iconic Filipino characters in one folktale. Parang Avengers, di ba, kung iisipin mo? Kasi pinagsama sama mo ang mga so called “superheroes” of different movies. My ardent wish is for a lot of Filipinos – especially the young ones (and even the young at heart) to watch this play. Kung baga, before you watch foreign films, try to catch and support local prods (productions) muna. If you can spend thousands of pesos watching foreign productions, and even wait the long lines to watch the next Hollywood hit, why not support your local superheroes? This is going to be an exciting mashup of characters. Sobrang Pinoy. Puno ng aral. Madaming hugot lines. Siguradong, mageenjoy kayo. Promise ko sa inyo yan.”
The cast is comprised of TP’s Actors Company and guest actor Cheeno Macaraig. At the helm of production and costume design is Marco Viaña; composition, arrangement, musical direction and design, TJ Ramos; lighting design, John Batalla; choreography, Ronelson Yadao and stage management, Doray Dayao.
In this month of “Feb-ibig,” it’s time to explore the complexities of having the freedom to love who we want, to make choices as we please, and to standby with what you believe in.
“Nang Dalawin ng Pagibig si Juan Tamad” opens on February 16 and runs for four weekends until March 11, 2018 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater), with evening performances at 8:00 PM and matinees at 3:00PM.
Interested sponsors, show buyers, and block buyers may call TanghalangPilipino’s hotline 832 1125 loc. 1620 or 1621. You may also contact Ms. Lorelei Celestino at 0915 607 2275 or Mr. Juan Lorenzo Marco at 0999 884 3821.For more information, please visit and like our official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/tanghalangpilipino/.