The writing prowess of Dr. Paul Dumol is no stranger to Philippine literature. Aside from historically significant plays like Kabesang Tales and Ang Pagpatay kay Juan Luna, he penned the influential Ang Paglilitis Kay Mang Serapio, which some say is the first Filipino modernist play. For his latest theatrical offering Dr. Dumol presents Lorenzo, in which San Lorenzo Ruiz is portrayed in a way most people may not imagine him to be.
Author Amadis Ma. Guerrero got in touch with Dr. Dumol and narrates in an article for the Philippine Daily Inquirer how the story might possibly shock audiences.
Those who expect the play to be a pious retelling of the life and times of San Lorenzo may be in for a rude shock.
Dumol, who does researches on his subjects, says that the saint committed some kind of a crime: “With regard to the crime of Lorenzo Ruiz (played by Lorenz Martinez), the reality or nature of which is open-ended to this day, we have taken the stand that it was real, that he was guilty of at least manslaughter.”
Dr. Dumol created the rock musical with the help of Ryan Cayabyab (music) and Nonon Padilla (direction), as well as UA&P alumnus Christian Vallez (book and lyrics).
Dr. Paul Dumol is an associate Professor in the History department of University of Asia and the Pacific’s College of Arts and Sciences.
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