Collected Plays 2: Resurrecting History in Three Full-Length Musicals
The plays in these two volumes revolve around the themes of tradition and history. Volume Two, Resurrecting History, is composed of plays that bring to life historical figures that played pivotal roles in our history. Basilia ng Malolos dramatizes the struggles of the Women of Malolos against colonialism and patriarchy in their demand for education, their involvement in the revolution, and the establishment of the first women’s organization in the country. Mabining Mandirigma reveals Mabini as the ideological backbone of the second half of the revolution as well as its political conscience, battling both the American invaders and the ilustrados who wanted to exploit the Republic and Aguinaldo whose parochial leadership destroyed the discipline of the Republican army. Aurelio Sedisyoso highlights the little-known playwright-journalist-
revolutionary Aurelio Tolentino, who suffered nine incarcerations and much torture because he effectively used pen, stage, and gun, first against Spain and then against the United States. The plays emphasize that the social and political ills that these noble men and women combatted in their time are essentially the same problems society faces today.
Published in 2023.