Areté Production holds a special preview performance of ‘If He Doesn’t See Your Face’ by Suzue Toshiro

July 23rd, 2019

In 2012, Tanghalang Ateneo staged Suzue Toshiro’s Fireflies with the playwright himself in attendance. Impressed by the production, Suzue Toshiro gave the director, Ricardo Abad, English translations of two of his other plays for him to direct.  In 2016, Abad directed one of these two plays, My Friend Has Come, which was premiered at Dito: Bahay ng Sining in Marikina and later shown in New Delhi as part of the Asia-Pacific Bond of Theater Schools Festival in New Delhi. Abad now directs the other play, If He Doesn’t See Your Face to complete a trilogy of Suzue Toshiro’s works.


If He Doesn’t See Your Face asks how two people can continue to love each other despite acute physical and emotional constraints. A wife visits her husband in prison. It is not her first visit, nor is it the first time that the husband has been imprisoned for theft. The whole play is a conversation – the couple is separated by a glass window. The husband is pleased about the visit but the wife is anxious: how can she continue to hold on to a marriage and take care of a child if her husband continues to steal and be sent to prison? Their conversation builds to an emotional pitch, “Why do you steal?” the wife pleads. She continues, “I know you love me, but no doubt you’ll steal again.  Just loving me is not enough.” The husband manages, a wife persists, and the exchange escalates. Soon one realizes that the glass wall separating the couple represents a more serious obstacle, the inability to access each other’s thoughts and feelings.


Playwright: Suzue Toshiro

Direction: Ricardo Abad

Production & Sound Design: Tata Tuviera

Technical Direction & Lighting Design: D Cortezano

Actors: Delphine Buencamino and Brian Sy


The Doreen Black Box,

3RD Floor Soledad V. Pangilinan Arts Wing,

Areté, Ateneo De Manila University


PHP 400 – Regular Tickets

PHP 320 – Senior/PWD Discounts

PHP 250 – Students and Ateneo Employees


Ivy Baggao

Theater and Events Officer, Arete
[email protected]

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