Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University—in cooperation with the Rizal Library, Fine Arts Program, and the Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP)—will be hosting an event featuring Glenn Sevilla Mas on Feb. 10, 2015, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the FA Theater (3/f Gonzaga Hall), Ateneo de Manila University. Mas will deliver a short talk on writing plays, and deliver a short performance of his work.
Mas will give a behind-the-scenes look into how and why he created his plays, and will be discussing the difficulties that he faced in writing and revising some of them. He will be (re-) introducing some of his more memorable characters—Manding Susing and Tiyoy Berning from the recently-staged “Rite of Passage,” Estrella from “Children of the Sea,” Dolores from “Her Father’s House,” Stanley from “In the Land of the Giants,” Juan from “The Death of Memory”—but this time in a more intimate, more personal way. All told, while the talk is a tour of the backstage of his plays, it also really is a tour of the backstage of his life. And like his plays, it is a tour that begins and ends in the province of Antique, where life is difficult but you try your darned best to make it fun anyway.
Glenn Sevilla Mas is a Ford Foundation International Fellow who obtained his MFA in Playwriting from the Catholic University of America (2006). He has won nine Palanca Awards for his plays and two Aliw Awards for Best Stage Production. His plays have been staged in the Philippines, US, and China, and have received citations for Best Play in the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Bravo! Best of Theater in 2013 and 2014. He has been a mentor for young playwrights for CCP’s Virgin Labfest Writing Fellowship Program since 2009, and was also a performer CCP’s Tanghalang Pilipino. He is also a board member of the Philippine Center of International Poets and Playwrights, Essayists and Novelists (PEN), a member of the PETA Writers’ Pool, a jury member of the PHILSTAGE Gawad Buhay Awards for the Performing Arts, and has served as chief judge in the drama categories of the Palanca Awards and the NCCA Writers’ Prize. He has published three books with the University of Sto. Tomas Publishing House: In the Dark: Three Plays and an Essay (2002), Rites of Passage and Her Father’s House (2005), and Children of the Sea (2007). Mas is currently an assistant professor in Ateneo de Manila University, and is the Fine Arts Department’s Theater Arts Program Coordinator. He is also the Artistic Director and Moderator of the student theater group Tanghalang Ateneo.