AngLahi™ presents, “Rizal, Atbp.™ “- the story of Jose Rizal, the Philippine national hero, as seen through the self-realization of a young Filipino American, Joey, and set in music, dance and a display of the rich Filipino culture.
The story aspires to not only depict the events in Rizal’s life, but also the influences that shaped him and the choices he made that defined his actions and his destiny.
One of the first true global Filipinos, the depiction of his life takes us through his childhood – the early beginnings of his national pride, through his adult years in the Philippines and around the globe, his fruitful exile in Dapitan and also through his last few days which he valiantly embraced. To parallel Rizal’s impressive biography, we find Joey who struggles through his own identity as a Filipino growing up in America where the dilemma is whether to be homogenized into the American society of today, or to stand firm on the pride and legacy of his Philippine roots as he navigates his own life ahead. “Rizal, Atbp.” is not just a story, but a glimmer of hope for a brighter Filipino legacy.
The play is on Aug 18 at the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, Aug 25 at Kroc Theatre, San Diego and Sept 8, Valley Performing Arts, Los Angeles.