QUEZON CITY, Philippines - On Wednesday, February 16 just two days after Valentine’s Day, Dulaang UP brings back Heinrich von Kleist's Amphitryon, translated in Filipino by Jerry Respeto and directed by Jose Estrella at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines, Diliman.
The play is based on Roman mythology, but it is presented a language more familiar and a presentation more modern to make it closer to the hearts of today’s audience.
The story of Amphitryon is that of a love triangle with a twist. Jupiter, king of the gods, falls in love with the young and beautiful Alcmene, and disguises himself to resemble her husband, Amphitryon, who has gone to battle. After a night filled with unforgettable lovemaking, Amphitryon returns - barely an hour after Jupiter's departure. This, then, prompts Amphitryon's shock at Alcmene's surprise at his "immediate return". Alcmene is now left not only to distinguish between the two, but also later, to stand up for her innocence. Meanwhile, Amphitryon has to decide whether or not his loving wife has truly been unfaithful.
The cast includes Neil Sese, Lex Marcos, Diana Malahay, Wenah Nagales, George de Jesus, Paolo O'Hara, Lucky de Mesa and Natasha Cabrera. Its artistic team are Set Designer Lex Marcos, Light Designer John Batalla, Costume Designer Raven Ong and Sounds Designer TJ Ramos.
Amphitryon will run from February 16 to March 6 from Wednesdays to Fridays at 7pm and at 10am and 3pm during weekends. For inquiries and tickets, please contact Dulaang UP Office at (632) 926-1349, 981-8500 local 2449 or 433-7840.