Equally talented and intense theater artists—Nel Gomez and Kalil Almonte play Fil-American painter Alfonso Ossorio and Anselmo, the fictional character who serves the former during the painting of ‘Angry Christ’ which is also UP Playwrights Theater’s (UPPT) latest production and the Dulaang UP season-ender of the same title.
The show marks both Nel and Kalil debut in Dulaang UP.
The play’s inspiration is from one of the most enigmatic works of Philippine contemporary art—the mural titled ‘The Last Judgment’ that can be found in the Chapel of St. Joseph the Worker in the Victorias Sugar Mill in Negros Occidental. The work of Ossorio was created in 1950, a time of great social upheaval in Negros.
The said production is new play written by Floy Quintos with direction and choreography by Dexter Santos. It reimagines the process of Ossorio, his inner turmoil, his creative demons, his battle with his sexuality and his lonely childhood.
Gomez garnered raves for his performance in ‘My Name is Asher Lev’. Almonte, on the other hand also drew raves as the deaf mute Bill in ‘Tribes’.
They are supported a stellar cast featuring Stella Canete-Mendoza, Julienne Mendoza, Randy Villarama, Banaue Miclat-Janssen, Alex Cortez, Jomari Jose, Micaela Pineda, Arya Herrera and the Dulaang UP ensemble.
The artistic staff includes a formidable team. Gino Gonzales designed the stage, Monino Duque as lighting designer, Lilia Manahan best known for her work as a restorer and as the premier authority on Ossorio’s work is the creative consultant. Also in the Artistic Staff are Krina Cayabyab designed the music, Marvin Olaes did the Dramaturgy and JC Inocian for the pictorials.
The show opened on April 26 and will run till May 14 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.