The four-night staging of Paul Dumol’s classic modernist play “Ang Paglilitis kay Mang Serapio” drew different reactions from audience who witnessed the 35-minute long one-act dramatization of a tragic trial of the main character, a beggar named Serapio. Some students took pity on how Serapio was prosecuted by “tagapagtanong”, others cringed during the climactic part, and others could not just bear the predicament the old beggar has to undergo at the expense of a dream foregone.
Two groups of thespians took centerstage on October 10-13 to relive the haunting trial. Stephen Dave Limjap portrayed alternately with Moises Cejudo in the lead role. The roles of two harsh inquisitors were played alternately by Lynard Calvez and Alryan Macabenlar and Sam Lloyd Gines and Jeremiah Obleanda. The role of the “hukom” is played by Rejie Macapas and Jhon Paul Anoos. Both presentations were directed by CITE alumnus Phillip Bernardo Ogang.
This is the fourth time the play was brought to life by CITE students and has the largest ensemble cast.