Act I, opening. Rocky Friedman-Vargas as Nestor Norales, with Yea Bin Diana Oh as Barbara Villanueva.

Nestor and Barbara with Father Jean Mallat, played by Olivia Choate.

Nestor and Barbara introducing Joey, played by Vanessa Titang.

In a Jeepney Cafe. Bianca Arriaga as Rio Gonzaga, and Raelen Recto as her cousin Pucha.

(L to R): Olivia Choate as Rainer Fassbinder, Brett Mathewson as Perlita Alacran, and Vanessa Titang as Joey.

(L to R): Dawa Lokyitsang as Pepe Carreon, Monique Robinson as General Nicasio Ledesma, Unique Robinson as Severo Alacran, Itoro Udofia as Senator Domingo Avila, Yea Bin Diana Oh as Barbara Villanueva, and Rocky Friedman-Vargas as Nestor Norales.

Ellen Morf as Leonor Ledesma, the penitent.

Laiwa Wu as Daisy Avila, Monique Robinson as General Nicasio Lesdesma, and Vanessa Titang as Joey.

Olivia Choate as reporter Bob Stone, Ellen Morf as Imelda Marcos.

''Onstage, women of color seemed invisible – relegated to auditioning for white roles in Western works or tokenized in didactic plays about racism. I was tired of excuses and of being unseen - I needed to take my representation into my own hands and support a work that would advance women of color in theater at Smith.''

--Krystal Banzon, quote from the Kahn Chronicle a Smith College Kahn Liberal Arts Institute periodical


“Dogeaters: A Play About the Philippines” by Jessica Hagedorn
Directed by Krystal Banzon
Hallie Flanagan Studio Theater, Smith College

Excerpts from '‘Dogeaters Captures Filipino Experience’'
Smith NEWS, November 28, 2006
by Eric Sean Weld

Playwright Jessica Hagedorn, author of '‘Dogeaters’' to Visit Campus Dec. 6

'‘Dogeaters’' captures the experience of the late-20th-century Filipino as formed by centuries of Spanish colonization, then decades of U.S. occupation, all reflected in a staged conglomeration of media and information amid the turmoil of Ferdinand Marcos’ corrupted regime. Set in Manila in 1981, Hagedorn’s play combines Philippine history with entertaining fiction, juxtaposing stark realism with theatrical spectacle to depict a multiplicity of characters, who fill the stage babbling in English, Spanish and Tagalog, the main Philippine language.

A production of the play Dogeaters will open at Smith on Friday, Dec. 1, directed by Krystal Banzon ’07. Hagedorn will visit Smith on Wednesday, Dec. 6, to lead a discussion, at noon in the Green Room at Mendenhall Center, about the themes and issues in Dogeaters. She will attend the play in the evening.

“I’m very excited, I look forward to seeing what she does with it,” said Hagedorn of Banzon’s direction of the Smith production. “It’s a very ambitious piece for her to do: ethnic-specific, huge cast, takes place outside the United States in 1981. A young director like Krystal should do it her way.”

Photos by Jon Crispin

Theatre, Directing