Loss and suffering take on a human face as Tanghalang Ateneo stages Baha-Bahang Buhay: Mga Kuwentong Ondoy, a play depicting people's experiences of the fury unleashed by Typhoon Ondoy.
The play, written and directed by company members, assembles fourteen stories of lives transformed by a devastating storm. To the students, the work represents one way in which the theater can respond to social crisis.
The stories portray loss and pain in varied, sometimes unusual, situations. A mother searches for a missing child lost in the rush of people to claim relief goods. Soldiers assigned to rescue flood victims worry about the safety of their own families. A family diligently follows survival tips from a radio announcer. A journalist wonders if the photographs he has taken of human suffering make a real difference in people's lives.
Four friends trapped in a flooded room are assaulted by a crocodile. Students connecting to classmates via the internet suddenly lose connection with one of them. A manager of a relief operations center is unable to deliver goods because there?s no way to bring them to flooded areas. These and other stories, including a reference to the wrath of Mother Nature let loose by environmental damage, are brought to life by actors playing multiple roles.
Come and watch Baha-Bahang Buhay. Your support will be a source of hope for persons and communities affected by the typhoons. Proceeds will help student groups dedicated to continue relief and rehabilitation efforts in the wake of Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng.