Puppet play spotlights Western Visayan folklore

Salinlahi: A “Puppet” Show, a devised play that features human puppetry through the adaptation of Western Visayan folklore “Ang Biik sa Bakod,” will be staged at the Peter D. Garrucho Jr. Innovations Institute (PDGii) from 3 to 6 April.

The one-act production will portray the actors as puppets. It is a metaphor for limited freedom due to the bureaucratic and political cultures within organizations and institutions. It follows the story of a curious young girl Grasya, who spends most of her afternoon play time in their small yard. Her mother, a copra harvester, is seen by the townspeople as an abused woman and often struggles to make ends meet.

One fateful evening, Grasya is served pork intestines, which her mother says came from the local meat vendor Aling Marie. The next day, she overhears a conversation that kind Aling Marie was found dead, and her intestines were missing.

Salinlahi: A “Puppet” Show is produced by Balay Tamawo, a newly established production house composed of homegrown students from the Theater Arts Program of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Arts, Culture and Performance. It will feature the talents of Coleen Aldana, Jaden Arca, Adrianna Baleda, Martin Del Rosario, Charlize Gloria, Kadesha Gumabay, Aaron Maraña, Karl Navela, Andrea Resurreccion, Joaquinito Ventura and Samantha Voce.

The 90-minute drama is written and directed by Kyle Confesor, a Benilde Theater Arts Program alumnus.

Salinlahi: A “Puppet” Show will have shows at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m at the PDGii, located at 1049 Pablo Ocampo Street, Malate, Manila. Tickets are available at P350. Visit facebook.com/balaytamawo24.