Renowned director and choreographer of the well received and applauded contemporary adaptation of Francisco Baltazar’s “Orosman at Zafira” opens Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas’ (DUP) 36th theater season with a new material that speaks of the life and works of one of the most important figures in Philippine history.

Dexter M. Santos spearheads a company of distinguished artists in a performance that merges text, dance, film, and visual arts to reintroduce the current generation to the life and works of Dr. Jose P. Rizal. Using mixed popular media, artists from different disciplines collaborate to produce different and new perspectives on the works and life of Rizal to underline the fact that his stories and his life are as ever relevant and pertinent to the understanding of our culture and ourselves as Filipinos.

This original production is scored with live music of emerging original Filipino band, “Happy Days Ahead”, led by William Elvin Manzano who pens the music and songs accompanying the audience in their journey to the world of Rizal. The material will include works of eminent and critically acclaimed poets, playwrights, choreographers, filmmakers and musicians. Some of the collaborating artists are Pinoy rock legend Dong Abay, notable commercial and film director Joaquin Pedro Valdez, Palanca multi – award winners Layeta Bucoy and Floy Quintos, published author Vlad Gonzales, new found TV sensation and Mula sa Puso star JM De Guzman, and leading figure in children’s literature in the Philippines, the loved Rene Villanueva. Also lending their talents to help in capturing the kaleidoscopic facets of Rizal are Manix Abrera, Chips Beltran, Winter David, Deo Dela Cruz, Jeffrey Garcia, Al Garcia, Gerson Abesamis, and Adi Lopez.

The cast is comprised of promising and seasoned actors in theater, television and film; Among them are are Reb Atadero, Natasha Cabrera, Red Concepcion, Jules Dela Paz, Bea Garcia, Alchris Galura, Jean Judith Javier, Yanah Laurel, Nicco Manalo, Maita Ponce, and Reuben Uy. They will be assisted and supported by the very able Dulaang UP ensemble.

Rizal and his oeuvres will be put onstage with the help of Dexter M. Santos’ proficient artistic team: Katte Sabate and Chic San Agustin are his head writers and dramaturgs; through his mastery of craftsmanship, Leeroy New furnishes the set design, aided by the engaging lighting design of distinguished designer Voltaire De Jesus. The costumes are designed by one of Philippine cinemas recognized production designers, Mitoy Sta. Ana. Janine Santos shares her musical talent as musical director.

“Rizal X” opens on July 20, 2011 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, UP Diliman. For ticket inquiries, reservations, sponsorships and special bookings, call Cherry Bong 0917-7500107 or Nick 0915-1916384.

July 20,21,22,27,28,29 Aug 3,4,10,11,12 at 7pm
August 23,24,30,31,13,14 at 10am and 3pm