The Department of Film, Television, and Theatre premieres a new work by Anton Juan. SHADOWS of the REEF runs February 21 through March 3, 2013.
Inspired by Good Friday observances in the Philippines, where blood-soaked flagellants walk the streets and towns hold annual crucifixions, Shadows of the Reef is set in a poor fishing village, where young boys are recruited by Japanese fishing trawlers to dive deep into the sea. There they pound on the coral to agitate the fish – then swim swiftly to the surface before they too are trapped in the trawlers’ massive nets. After a mother loses her young son to a watery death in the nets, she is tormented by guilt. Believing that she can find redemption through her suffering, she pleads for the opportunity to sacrifice herself in the village’s traditional Good Friday crucifixion. But is she – a woman and a prostitute – worthy of such an “honor”?
This production, featuring a cast of Notre Dame students alongside South Bend community members and Chicago professionals, is written and directed by Anton Juan, Senior Professor of Directing and Playwriting.
Mature content; appropriate for ages 16 and older.