Orasa by THEA 107- H


Note: This is based on what I understood when I watched the play.


Apparently, Orasa is an hourglass. An hourglass is shaped like a number eight and it is covered on both sides so the sand inside won’t spill. Its primary purpose is to tell time; not the exact time but the time that passed away. By turning an hourglass upside down, the sands will fall from the upper cylindrical space into the bottom part. Once the sands are gone from the upper part, it means that an hour passed since the time you turned it. By applying it, the two-part scenarios in the play represent the two-part spaces of an hourglass. Since time is passing in an hourglass, the two-part scenarios come from two different time frames which are from the past and in the present time. The application was wise and I am fully impressed. Although, it took time to make me realize that the play in a nut shell is an hourglass, literally. This creativity should be applauded and appreciated. But what do the two time frames represent? Simply, they represent how a person falls in love with a person.

In the first part of the play, their cultural and generational decency is a trademark of what happened in the past if a person falls in love with another one. It’s the typical boy-meets-girl scene, but he can’t confess his love for the girl because of sheer shyness, nervousness, and doubting. Fortunately, the boy confessed his love and later discovered that the girl is also in love with him. But can we say that this scenario is the proper way of falling in love? That falling in love is a mere representation of a couple being modest about one’s means and feelings? I guess not (well, for me, at least). The happening that leads them to finding out their love for each other is just a simple but conflicting factor. When a boy falls in love with a girl, he will have to bravely face the truth that it is indeed nerve-wrecking to confess his love for someone. Although, he will do everything to get the one he loves in his tender-loving arms. But it can happen oppositely, if a boy is confident and more willing to confess his love for a girl, he will do it right away without hesitation and doubt. The thing that makes it so inconsistent is a proof that it is just a factor; a factor that paves a way for a relationship to work or not.

In the second part of the play, falling in love meant having a girl and boy confess their stories to one another, honestly. It was also set in the present time. Waiting patiently for the time to end, they honestly asked 10 questions with one another and it paved a way for them to confess their grief-filled stories. Good enough, their sadness while story-telling turned beautiful when it directed them to their confession of feelings and desire. Beautiful as it may sound, is this the proper way of defining love in a nutshell? No. There is no proper way of defining a person’s love to another one. Again, the happening was just a factor; a factor that marked their confession. Whatever the answer is, it will just be a factor to help them define the feelings in their hearts.

Maybe, defining the proper way of falling in love with a person is not a way to standardize the rules of falling in love. Where in fact, there are no rules at all! All is just made up of factors; these factors affect the scenario that is happening. Factors do not set the standards of love because love is a universal feeling that no one should be deprived of just because her father (has a mustache) is very strict, his nervousness in killing him, he’s a virgin, she made out with multiple boys, she is a two-timer, and many more! Love is deserved by anyone who has a side to stand for or a story to tell. Nobody should be deprived of love whether he or she lives in a different era; love is a changing thing that is constant in our way of thinking. Factors will always be there to make a person confess, accept, philosophize, have fun, discover, etc. There are no borders; again, there are only factors. The best way to find out the factors is to make a move; a move that’ll progress the feelings and desires inside a person’s system. The play made me reflect love as a happening filled with turbulent ups and downs, and a cherry on top; satisfying but full of stress and wreckage. The deep reflection was a major result of watching Orasa, and I am thankful for it because it gave me knowledge. Although, how am I going to find my other one and what are the factors?


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