As the highlight of the year-long celebration of Dr. Rizal's 150th birthday, Samasama Project and CIRCA-Pintig present a world class musical showing a glimpse of his personal life with his foreign (Irish Hong Kong) born wife, Josephine Bracken, with Rizal’s Sweet Stranger: Untold Stories of Josephine Bracken the Musical a contemporary musical born of a collaborative montage of the 2009 Carlos Palanca Award Winner for a Full-length Play, Miss Dulce Extranjera, by Anril P. Tiatco as well as Isagani Cruz’s Josephine and extrapolations of other historical texts and visual documents. Set to music by Samasama Project’s very own Baron Lloyd Cabalona, music by Dr. Cleofe Guangko Casambre and William Elvin Manzano, and concept and direction by Dr. Anton Juan, Jr.
Rizal (June 19, 1861 – December 30, 1896), was a Filipino polymath, patriot and advocate of reform in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial period. His execution by the Spanish on December 30, 1896, a date commemorated annually as "Rizal Day," is believed to have sparked the Filipinos fight for freedom from the Spaniards. Rizal was born to a rich family in Calamba, Laguna. He was the seventh of eleven children. He went to the Ateneo Municipal de Manila, earning a Bachelor of Arts, and later enrolled in medicine at the University of Santo Tomas. He later studied at the Universidad Central de Madrid in Madrid, Spain, earning a Licentiate in Medicine. He also attended the University of Paris and earned a second doctorate at the University of Heidelberg.
Dramatic Text by Dr. Anton Juan with collaborative texts from Anril Tiatco and Dr. Isagani Cruz
Lyrics by Dr. Anton Juan and William Manzano
Music by Dr. Cleofe Guangko Casambre and William Manzano
Music Direction by Baron Lloyd Cabalona
Assistant Direction by Ginger Leopoldo
Production Design by Giau Truong
Stage Management by Angelica Atian