Quezon City, Philippines (PressExposure) September 04, 2008 -- Let us imagine an exhausted, nervous and impoverished Jose Rizal in Paris, finishing the second novel. He rooms with Tunying IbaÃ±ez, an Illustrado rake and never-do-well. It is through Tunying's eyes and imagination that this version of Fili takes place. He is transformed to Simoun, the jeweler who in turn manipulates Juli, Basilio, Kabesang Tales, the Friars Irene Salvi and Camorra, and the Governor-General in his desire for revenge and the rescue of the ravaged Maria Clara.
Isang Panaginip na Fili, a new musical play of the immortal El Filibusterismo, is a radical adaptation that unravels the dark side of Rizal and his struggles in completing his second novel. A libretto and direction by Floy Quintos, original score by CJ Javier, choral direction by Cholo Gino, music arrangement by Jason Quitane, set design by Tuxqs Rutaquio, costume design by Faust Peneyra, costume supervision by Carlo Pagunaling, sound design by Brian Arda, lights design by Luther Gumia, choreography by Van Manalo, photography by Jojit Lorenzo and poster design by Paolo Santillan, under the artistic guidance by the Dulaang UP's founding artistic director, Tony Mabesa.
Cast includes Franco Laurel, Joel Molina, Eric dela Cruz, Meynard PeÃ±aloza, Onyl Torres, Jacques Borlaza, Greg De Leon, Stella CaÃ±ete, Peter Serrano, Ces Quesada, Emlyn Santos, JC Santos, JM De Guzman, Mica Pineda, Delphine Buencamino, Astarte Abraham and the Dulaang UP ensemble.