“It is really important for us to see the good and evil to appreciate life.” This is what Atty. Vincent Tañada, Artistic Director of the Philippine Stagers Foundation (PSF), said as he tries to explain PSF’s latest stage offering which premiered last January 19, 2010 at the Adamson University Theater.
It is against this backdrop that PSF brought Ang Bangkay sa Corinto, its darkest offering yet to the Adamson community. Taking a break from their previous musical and positively-themed plays like Ako si Ninoy and San Vicente: A Zarswela, this play tackles an issue that’s considered taboo but nontheless a very real and worrying one. Ang Bangkay sa Corinto tells the story of the Corinto family who owns funeral business. After mother Milagros died, only child Isabel was expected to handle the business and take over the responsibilities of taking good care of her father, Señor Segismundo. Isabel discarded her father’s will because she wanted to have a normal life away from corpses and never wanted to grieve for the rest of her life. The father, unwittingly evil, had other plans: make Isabel stay by asking Lemuel, the embalmer of the Funeraria, to marry Isabel in exchange for a grand burial for Lemuel’s mother. The father had one condition, though: Lemuel should not sleep with his daughter. The reason for this was Señor Segismundo’s evil, incestuous plans over his daughter and his self-interest, putting him and the rest of the Corinto household to an awful end.
The Cultural Affairs Office and Atty. Tañada had qualms about how the dark and tragic play would be received by the students, but these proved to be unfounded as the audience acknowledged the play on its own merits. An open forum was held after the curtain call for the audience to freely ask questions regarding the play.
The play had its run from January 19 to 21 with the gala performance being held on the afternoon of the 19th at 2:00 PM. Maricris Gali