Sunday, September 15, 2013

LEAN: Remembering the life of Leandro Alejandro

Whenever September comes, a significant event in history reminds every Filipino about the era where our country have lived in a suppressed state when former President Marcos declared Martial Law. Presidential Decree 1081 was declared in front of national television on September 21, 1972

This year, UP Repertory, as it celebrates its 41st year has brought to the center stage of Tanghalang Aldaba, UP Diliman, one of Gary Granada’s musical masterpiece, LEAN. The play is a commemoration of the life of a student activist in the late 70’s and 80’s Leandro Alejandro


The UP Repertory Company presents
LEAN: Based on Lean the Musical by Gary Granada

Quezon City, Philippines, July 2013 - "Huwag ninyong hayaan ang inyong pag-aaral ay maging sagabal sa inyong edukasyon." In between the harsh dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos and the triumph of the People Power Revolution, there stood an iconic student activist named Leandro Alejandro. His life of activism takes centerstage in Gary Granada's LEAN THE MUSICAL (1997), beginning with his experiences as a student in UP Diliman and ending with his untimely death at age 27.  Fighting for national democracy in the university and in the nation, Lean would prove his importance in history with his works as an activist, a politician, a friend, a husband, a son and a father. His life has defined an era of student activism and his work still inspires the youth today. 

Directed by UP Rep alumna Kathryn Manga and featuring new musical arrangement by Karl Ramirez, LEAN features powerful catchy songs that breathe new life to the many different characters and personas of the 1980s. Through song and dance, the musical not only tells the story of the influential student activist but also creatively re-imagines the loud cries of the masses and the lives of our so-called “iskolar ng bayan” during this era.

As part of its 41st anniversary celebration, The UP Repertory Company proudly presents LEAN, a musical that will surely get your toes tapping with an endless surge of LSS-worthy tunes and creative dances of joy and sorrow while provoking thoughts on our current society, leaving an important question to the audience – kung hindi ngayon, kailan pa?

LEAN runs on September 9, 14, 16, 21 (3pm and 7pm) and September 13 and 20 (7pm only) at the Dalisay Aldaba Recital Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City.

Tickets: Php 250.00.
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Contact Jenica: +63 916 321 0485


The University of the Philippines Repertory Company (UP REP) is a non-stock, non-profit student theater organization that has delivered performances to a variety of audience, in and outside of the University. The company aims to enlighten its audience on different social issues and to bring Philippine Theater closer to the masses. The organization is nearing its 41st anniversary.

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