Friday, December 01, 2006

Guerrero twinbill from Gantimpala Theater

FROM Gantimpala Theater Foundation(GTF), the theater company that staged the 2006 Aliw Awards Best Play (non-musical category), a twinbill of F. Sionil José’s “The God Stealer” and Nick Joaquin’s “The Queen’s Jewel,” comes another twinbill production, “Forever”/“Call Me Flory,” two Filipino plays in English written by National Artist for Theater Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero, under the direction of Aliw Awards Best Director Tony S. Espejo.

“Forever” is an old-fashioned melodrama set in the 1950s. This play is about love, maturity, and self-sacrifice. It is also about closure and healing, listening and accepting. It is a play about people who realize that letting go is greater, more sublime, than holding on.

“Call Me Flory” is a satire that pokes fun at social climbing and social climbers. It is a fun, wacky and hard-hitting piece on our secret desire to belong to high society.

The cast includes Roeder Camañag, Monica Llamas, Kimberly Diaz, Wilma Doesnt and Lailanie Ann Tejuco, Billy Parjan and Vincent Reyes Kuipers, Abner Delina, Troy de Guzman and Jude Sypongco.

Helping Espejo bring the ’50s glamour of “Forever” and the psychedelic feel of “Call Me Flory” are J. Dennis Teodosio (playwright for additional dialogues and characters); Joey Nombres (lights designer); Roobak Valle (set designer); Albert Figueras (costumes designer); Jojit Lorenzo (photographer); Glenda Alday (stage manager) and Pamela Hundana (production manager).

Performances are Dec. 9-10, 16-17(10 a.m., 2 p.m.), SM South Mall Cinema 3, Las Piñas; and in 2007, Jan. 25, (10 a.m., 2 p.m.); Jan. 26 (9 a.m., 12 nn and 3 p.m.); Jan. 28 (10 a.m., 2 p.m.) and Feb. 3-4 (10 a.m./2 p.m.) at the AFP Camp Aguinaldo Theater in QC. Call 8963503,5280603 or 5365860.

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