Tara Jamora Oppen
Antigone vs. The People of the Philippines
Category: Directing
Languages: English, Filipino, Taglish



Tanghalang Ateneo
Ateneo Old Comm Black Box Theater (2019)
Photos by Nate Bosano


‘Antigone vs. the People of the Philippines’ is an adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone using concepts from Bertolt Brecht’s Epic Theatre and Augusto Boal’s Forum Theatre. ‘Antigone vs. the People of the Philippines’  equates the setting of Thebes to the Philippines, and puts Antigone on trial, alongside her family in a People’s court. 

The end of the play is determined through votation by the audience, which acts as the jury for the trial. 


“Honorable Mentions: “Antigone vs. the People of the Philippines” (Sophocles’ “Antigone,”adapted by Sabrina Basilio; Tara Jamora Oppen, dir.)”
— Vincen Gregory Yu, Philippine Daily Inquirer
“You are made to take a stand, to make a choice and to (literally) stand up for it.”
— Adie Pieraz, Wonder Magazine
“The audience is in for a wonderful surprise with this lucid and concise Filipino-language adaptation by Sabrina Basilio.”
— Vincen Gregory Yu, Inquirer Lifestyle
“Directed by Tara Jamora Oppen and written by Sabrina Basilio, the play confronts realities like the plights of the urban poor, fake news, and more.”
— Laurence Justine D. Tubon, Vantage Magazine


  • Adapter: Sabrina Basilio, devised with the company of 'Antigone vs. the People of the Philippines'
  • Director: Tara Jamora Oppen
  • Projection Designer: Zoe De Ocampo
  • Sound Designer: Krina Cayabyab
  • Lighting Designers: Earvin Estioco and Miguel Torralba
  • Production Designer: Tata Tuviera
  • Movement Designer: Jomelle Era
  • Asst. Movement Designer: CJ Lubangco
  • Cast: Robby Fernandez, Eliezha Nicole de Duque, Julia Imai, Jam Binay, Bea Gaitana, Gevin, Joey Madarang, Kyle Tan, Ram Catan, Deivid Encarnacion, Lars Salamante, Luigi Antonio Santos, Pauline Matabang, Binene Dator, Adrianna Lopez, Carmen Dolina, Kim Donato, Jaennina Gangat, Iago Guballa, Angela Lanuza, Rye Cosca, Maika Daupan, Andre Enriquez
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