The Xavier Stage Resurrects Doc Resureccion at the 1st Ateneo Theater Festival
The Xavier Stage pulled off Layeta Bucoy’s 2009 Palanca Award-Winning One Act Play Doc Resureccion: Gagamutin ang Bayan, November 21, 2013, Thursday 4:30PM at the Lucas Hall grounds of Xavier University.
As a participating theater group in the first Ateneo Theater Festival, the two-year old resident repertory theatre company of Xavier University staged Resureccion as its fringe performance.
Dulaang Atenista initiated to gather theatre groups from other Ateneo schools to realize the Ateneo Theater Festival in celebration of their silver anniversary.
Tanghalang Ateneo, Teatro Humanidades and Dulaang Atenista were the main entries during the festival.
The Xavier Stage has presented Doc Resureccion during the election period earlier this year to serve as voters’ education for the community.
The production was brought and shown twice in Medina, in SM Cagayan de Oro car park and in Xavier University.
This was also restaged recently as a command performance during the Sulat Dula 3 last October as requested by the playwright herself, Ms. Layeta Bucoy.
During the Ateneo Theater Festival, The Xavier Stage, once again, was given the chance to introduce to the community the Resureccion Family and their blood-is-not-always-thicker-than-water story.
An absolutely outdoor performance, the play was daring not only with the theme it explored but with the very setup of the stage.
The cloudy sky was signaling rain. But what seemed a challenge actually became an advantage for The Xavier Stage.
Without technical lights, the sky and wind enhanced the play’s realistic feel since the story coincidentally happened on a seashore—affording a unique experience for the audience and for the actors of The Xavier Stage.