Using a highly theatrical language and striking visual style, Ma-Yi Theater Company has created a compelling evening of theater that retraces the evolution of Philippine Gold as uniquely Filipino. Weaving together indigenous myths about creation, nature, and tribal history unique to each region of the country, Ralph B. Peña has created a rich tapestry of stories based on the myths of the Ilocano, the Tagalogs, and the Visayan people. Directed by Jack Tamburri, this unique evening of theatre brings to life the exhibit’s stunning subject and immerses its audience in pre-colonial legends from across the archipelago.
ALAMAT brings to life a community of wildly different characters from all over the Philippine islands to explore the ways that gold has been valued: a husband and wife whose life is transformed by a miracle baby hatched from a watermelon, two strangers from different worlds bound together by inexplicable desire and an enchanted gold necklace, and a pair of newlyweds whose trust is put to the test by a tuft of golden hair.
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Located at 725 Park Avenue and East 70th Street.
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M1, M2, M3, M4 to Madison Avenue and East 70th Street; M101, M102 to Lexington Avenue and East 70th Street; M30 to Park and 72nd; M66 to Park Avenue and 68th Street.
6 train to East 68th Street/Hunter College or F to East 63rd Street/Lexington Avenue.
Limited on-street metered and unmetered parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood.
SCHEDULE OF PERFORMANCES
October 26th @ 8pm
@ The Asia Society | 725 Park Avenue, NYC
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Ralph B. Peña is a founding member and the current Artistic Director of Ma-Yi Theater Company. Recent directing credits include Lloyd Suh’s The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go! (Children’s Theatre Company and Ma-Yi Theater Company; WINNER – Off Broadway Alliance Award), Joshua Conkel’s Curmudgeons in Love (EST Marathon), Ruth Magraff’s Centaur Battle of San Jacinto, Michael Lew’s Microcrisis (EST/ Youngblood and Ma-Yi Theater Company), and Lloyd Suh’s Children of Vonderly, and Nicky Paraiso’s House/Boy for LaMama ETC, and Dublin Theater Festival. Ralph received an Obie Award for his work on Lonnie Carter’s The Romance of Magno Rubio. In addition to Ma-Yi, his work has also been seen at Long Wharf Theater, Kumu Kahua, Northwest Asian American Theater, ASIA Theater, San Diego Asian American Rep, Round House Theater, NAATCO, Lincoln Center, La Mama ETC, Philadelphia Shakespeare, Victory Gardens, Laguna Playhouse, Fox Theater, NYSF/Public Theater, the Odeon Theater in Romania, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. He is currently working on a new play about America’s involvement in the Middle East. He is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and The Ensemble Studio Theater.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Jack Tamburri is a theatermaker currently based in Philadelphia. He has directed, devised, written, performed, and produced on his own and with companies like the Plagiarists (Chicago), Ma-Yi Theater Co (NYC), and FringeArts (Philadelphia). He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Yale School of Drama.
CAST AND DESIGN TEAM
Set/Lighting Design – Kristen Robinson
Costume Design – Martin Schnellinger
Sound Design – Matt Otto
Stage Manager – Alyssa K. Howard
Assistant Stage Manager – Jennifer Delac
Mariko Nakasone Parker*
*Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association