FEU Theater Guild restages adaptation of Marquez short story

The Far Eastern University Theater Guild (FTG), on its 85th theater season, restages Makikitawag Lang Ako this coming October. Adapted by Teresa Lorena Jopson, the play is based on Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ short story “I Only Came to Use the Phone” from his book Strange Pilgrims. The play was staged by the company on October 2014 at the FEU Auditorium and on February 2015 at the SDA Main Theater of DLS-CSB for Fringe! Manila.

Makikitawag Lang Ako follows the story of a magician’s assistant and lover, Maria dela Luz Cervantes, and her captivity in a mental asylum, as she is mistaken for being mentally-ill while resisting a manipulative opportunist warden and a misdiagnosing psychologist, longing for her lover’s rescue and embrace.

“In the end, Makikitawag Lang Ako will leave you with all kinds of emotions and feels. You will fall in love. You will be loved. You will laugh. You will cry. You will get hurt. You will feel pain. You will be disappointed. You will lose faith. But above all, you will learn. You will learn that sometimes, love can bring you to the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, but always, it will set you free.” – WhenInManila.com

FTG Artistic Director and PETA Senior Actor-Teacher Dudz Teraña will give his new take on the play, bringing life to other aspects unseen on the original staging. This play will serve as part of the celebration of Terana’s tenth year as the artistic director of the FEU Theater Guild. Teraña has directed productions, such as Allan Lopez’ Anatomiya ng Pag-ibig, which was part of the productions featured in Fringe! Manila 2017 – an international arts festival, Dominique La Victoria’s Ang Bata sa Drum, FTG’s first entry in the annual Virgin Labfest, that garnered astounding remarks from the audience and critics, and in turn, got the chance to be revisited for the VLF the following year, and Teraña’s original Usapang X, which won the UP Curtain Call: A Juan Act Play Festival in 2014.

Makikitawag Lang Ako will run every Wednesday to Saturday from October 2 to 26, 6pm at the PCC Center Studio, Ground Floor, Engineering Building, Far Eastern University, Manila.

The schedule of the run will be as follows: October 2 – 5, 9 – 12, 16 – 19, 23 – 26, 2019.

Ticket prices are PHP 100 for the FEU Community with a valid ID, and PHP 200 for guests.

The FEU Theater Guild is in partnership with the following media outlets: Inquirer.net, InqPOP, WhenInManila.com, Astig.ph, TechKuya, BusinessWorld – SparkUp, Theater Fans Manila, and Fringe Magazine.