The Dulaang UP (DUP) closes its 40th theater season with Shimizu Kunio‘s The Dressing Room: That Which Flows Away Ultimately Becomes Nostalgia (adapted by Chiori Miyagawa from an original translation by John K. Gillespie), a 1977 post-war Japanese play and its gala night for the said English production is tonight, April 8 at Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, University of the Philippines-Diliman.
Its all-female cast for the English version will star–Frances Makil-Ignacio, Ces Quesada, Missy Maramara and Maxine Ignacio; and will be directed by former DUP’s artistic director–Alexander Cortez.
The production is a play within a play and paints stories on frustrations, memoirs and aspirations of four actresses preparing by the ‘gakuya’ (means backstage in English) as they all await their turns to go onstage. The actresses express their desire to perform the lead role named Nina Mikhailovna Zarechnaya from a play of Anton Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’.and their obsessions to covet it; ignite a comic yet dramatic narrative about shared memories and their relationship with each other. It is about a tender and humorous drama about actors, the theater, aging, surviving, and moving on.
For its Filipino version, it will be starred by Roeder Camañag, Andoy Ranay, Gwyn Guanzon, and Ian Ignacio. It will run from April 6-24.
Masculados member—Orlando Sol and co-talent of Productions56—Xyruz Cruz star in a Fringe Benefits Productions play based on the original texts of Rlando S. Tinio titled ‘Shakespeare in Parade and the Filipino Electorate’, a deconstruction under the direction of Aurora D. Yumol, starts on Sunday, March 6 at Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium, De La Salle University-Manila Campus, Taft Avenue. It will have two runs on Sunday, March 6 at 11am and 3pm, respectively.
Sol will play Macbeth while Cruz is Romeo opposite GMA-6 Artist and Starstruck Finalist—Analyn Barro as Juliet. Both talents who were discovered and have been harnessed by internationally-acclaimed TV and film master director—Maryo J. Delos Reyes are no strangers to acting on stage. In 2015, Sol was featured in a Virgin Labfest play titled—‘Huling Huli’, which was directed by filmmaker Lawrence Fajardo; while Cruz, also debuted in a stage production last year via of the same production group and play–‘Katwiran na May Katwiran’, also directed by Aurora Yumol.
The two artists play vital roles as they appear as two opposing parties, the crises of the story, centered in political upheaval swings to the love scene-cum-balcony scene of Romeo and Juliet, as Macbeth received prophesies of the Three Furies that he leads an uprising Prince of Scotland as he led an uprising. And Macbeth did not escape death himself nor thus Romeo. Witness how Shakespeare interrogates his ‘imagined’ characters.
Veteran actress, theater director, a three-time Palanca awardee—Aurora Yumul is the artistic director of Fringe Bnefits Production and directs the deconstruction made possible by De La Salle University Medical Center-Dasmariñas City. It is also sponsored by 1771 Group of Restaurants, Make You Nanay Proud Foundation, Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Teacher’s Partylist, Office of the City Manila Mayor, Le Heim Music Center and Councilor Yul Servo.
The following texts are lifted from my article written for BroadwayWorld.com Philippines.
Manila, Philippines–The restaging of THE NORMAL HEART, produced by Actor’s Actors Inc./The Necessary Theatre, closes today at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza in Makati City.
BroadwayWorld.com recently sat down with Bart Guingona, the play’s director and one of its lead actors who plays Ned Weeks, an activist in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The character of Weeks actually acts as the alter ego of Larry Kramer, the play’s author.
Guingona’s Ned Weeks
In last year’s TV film adaptation of THE NORMAL HEART, directed by Ryan Murphy, American actor Mark Ruffalo played the role of Weeks.
About his version of Weeks, Guingona said, “We have very different temperaments. Plus we are working in different mediums. I’ve been told I’m more volatile and abrasive while he is a more vulnerable, more humane Ned Weeks.”
He added that as Weeks, “it entails special challenges.”
“I found particularly difficult about playing Ned Weeks was having to surface the very character traits I hate in myself–verbosity, pedantry, opinionated-ness. I pity all the people who have to deal with me offstage. I must be insufferable.”
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