One-act play depicts experiences, challenges on societal stigmas

PhotographS courtesy of DLSU-CSB Jannah Baniasia as Eduardo.

Hoy Boyet, Tinatawag Ka Na; Hatinggabi Na’y Gising Ka Pa Pala, a one-act play which explores the experiences and challenges in societal norms and delves into the realities of human phenomena, will be staged starting today, 8 April, at the Benilde Black Box Theater.

The 48-minute drama revolves around the different phases and difficulties in the life of three characters, namely, Conrado, who grieves the loss of his sister; Eduardo, who ponders pain over his parent’s greater love towards his other sibling; and Rosauro, who embodies a broader perspective towards the future. These individuals find themselves immersed in reality through engaging in conversation with their friends as they reflect on their unfulfilled hopes and dreams.

The story aims to foster introspection and understanding and portrays their struggles, desires and fears. It likewise encourages the audience to confront uncomfortable truths and meditate on existential questions for social change.

Philip Macabantad as Conrado.

Hoy Boyet, Tinatawag Ka Na; Hatinggabi Na’y Gising Ka Pa Pala, written by playwright and fictionist Tony Perez, is directed by De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Theater Arts Program alumni Janji Gamboa. It is produced by Aninag Theatre, a group of homegrown talents from the Benilde School of Arts, Culture and Performance programs.

The play features the performances of Jannah Baniasia, Jack Denzel, Meek Keh, Philip Macabantad, Camille Sicam, Jeric Tan and Kelsi Versoza. The production team is comprised of Shaniqua Kalaw, Pink Stuart, Jeleen Kiarra Garcia, Karlo Limenzon Gino-Gino and Arj Rosales.

It runs until 13 April with shows at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. at 6/F Black Box Theater of the Benilde Design + Arts Campus, 950 Pablo Ocampo Street, Malate, Manila. Tickets are available at P350. For ticket reservations, visit