Now on its last weekend run, Dulaang UP’s latest offering for its 39th season is ‘The Country Wife’, a play written by William Wycherley in 1675 still has remaining shows till December 7 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2nd floor Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman.
The said straight play is a classic comedy of manners and hugely popular during the Restoration Period as it satirizes hypocrisy and human judgment that dominated the Puritan Regime and its issues are still common on this modern-day setting.
For a direct Filipino translation by Nicolas B. Pichay, DUP also mounts ‘Ang Misis Kong Promdi’.
Both staging are under the direction of Professor Emeritus Tony Mabesa.
Theatre actors in the cast are Martha Comia, Sue Prado, and Sari Estrada alternate for the title role of Mrs. Margery Pinchwife. While Neil Ryan Sese and Jay Gonzaga play as Mr. Harry Horner. Also acting are George De Jesus, Tarek El Tayech, Ian Ignacio, Carlo Tarobal, Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, RS Francisco, Leo Rialp, Jacques Borlaza, Adriana Agcaoili, Dolly De Leon, Brian Arda, Sigmund Pecho, Issa Litton, Karen Gaerlan, Bea Paloma, Rizzy Alejandro, Joanna Lerio, Ron Biñas, Ces Aldaba, Francis Mata, Aurora Yumul, Chona Fernando, Gian Carlo Patelo, Regina Mendezona, Yvonne Ricaro, and Ccia De Leon.
The play’s plot is about the lives of men and women who belong to high society; lives that are entangled in the paradox of love, marriage, reputation, mores, sexual conduct, and politics.
A notorious philanderer named Mr. Horner, his homecoming ignites a series of infidelities and indiscretions. An innocent young woman Mrs. Pinchwife from the countryside speaks honestly of her thoughts and desires posing a challenge to the gendered norms and moral codes of 16th and 17th century London.
The artistic team is a composed of Shakira Villa Symes for lights design, Jethro Joaquin for sounds design, Meloton Roxas Jr. for technical direction, Clint Ramos for set design, Eric Pineda for costumes.
For more information about the shows like the official Dulaang UP facebook page and for tickets, call Samanta Hannah Clarin or Camille Guevara ay telephone numbers (632) 926-1349; 433-7840; 981-8500 local 2449 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet to said production team.