Play: The World Is An Apple

Some have asked about playwright and writer Alberto S. Florentino's play entitled The World Is An Apple.

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I can't send you a copy (because of copyright issues), but you'll find it on page 242 of Philippine Contemporary Literature In English And Filipino (edited by Asuncion David-Maramba).

The characters are Gloria, her husband Mario, and Pablo.

It's payday and Gloria needs money from Mario. She needs to buy food for their daughter, Tita. Mario lies and says he does not have money because he spent it on liquor... then on another woman... then finally admits he lost his job.

Because he stole a single 70-centavo apple. It rolled out of a broken crate and he wanted to give it to his daughter.

Mario doesn't complain nor ask for reconsideration because he doesn't want his ex-employer to dig up his old police record.

Mario decides to get a "job" working with his old criminal friend Pablo. He is going back to a life of thievery.

The play ends with Gloria and Tita crying as Mario leaves the house with Pablo.

Related Pages
Alberto Florentino: Filipino Writer
PinoyLit: A Philippine Literature Page

[ First posted on 03/28/2006 by Manuel Viloria ]

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