Critically Acclaimed “Ang Pag-uusig” Is Back At CCP

Ang Pag-uusig is a Filipino-translated theatrical play based on Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”

Tanghalang Pilipino (TP) opens the curtains once more for the critically acclaimed theatrical play, “Ang Pag-uusig.” The return of the play happens from February 17 to March 12, at the Tanghalang Ignacio Gimenez (Black Box Theatre) at the Cultural Center of The Philippines.

“Ang Pag-uusig” is a theatrical adaptation of Arthur Miller’s classic play titled “The Crucible.” The Filipino version was translated by Jerry Respeto and directed by premier playwright Dennis Marasigan.

Abigail Williams' out of body experience in Ang Pag-uusig | Photo by Aram Lascano
Abigail Williams’ out of body experience in the play | Photo by Aram Lascano

According to Marasigan, this year’s run will have a new set of actors and stage design.

He says, “This is an entirely new production since we will have actors who came from the new batch of scholars of the TP Actors Company and we’ll be staging using a new set in a new venue.” Apart from direction, Marasigan also does the light design.

A trial scene from "Ang Pag-uusig" | Photo by Aram Lascano
A trial scene from “Ang Pag-uusig” | Photo by Aram Lascano

Four of “Ang Pag-uusig’s” original actors still remain for this run. These are Marco Viaña, Jonathan Tadioan, Lhorvie Nuevo, and Antonette Go. The new cast members were part of the theatrical play, “Anak Datu.

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The Crucible” and “Ang Pag-uusig”

Award-winning actor Marco Viaña as John Proctor | Photo by Aram Lascano
Award-winning actor Marco Viaña as John Proctor | Photo by Aram Lascano

“Ang Pag-uusig” was first sighted in CCP’s Tanghalang Huseng Batute in 2017. It then gained recognition, taking home six major awards in the premiere 10th Gawad Buhay awards. A sold-out rerun followed a year later.

Mary Warren of Ang Pag-uusig | Photo by Aram Lascano
Mary Warren | Photo by Aram Lascano

Written by Miller in the 1950’s, “The Crucible” is set in 17th Century North America. It tells the story of McCarthy’s communist witch hunt that parallels his time as the US government’s massive “red-tagging.” “Ang Pag-uusig” sticks to the story about the witch hunt in Salem, Massachusetts, which happened from 1692 to 1963.


Tickets are available via Those who are interested to watch can also send an e-mail to [email protected] or call 09479709618 or 09276035913 for inquiries and reservations.

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