Philippine headlines? No, they're from an independent Trinidad and Tobago, the setting of Tanghalang Pilipino’s 2008 opening salvo, “Kudeta!” (The Coup), a “wickedly funny play” written by Mustapha Matura and directed by Floy Quintos from the Filipino translation by George de Jesus III.
Celebrated actor/writer/director Mario O’ Hara returns to the stage to star as President Eddie Jones, now facing the very same officers he sent for training in the Sandhurst Royal Military Academy. The Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company comprise the ensemble of coup plotters as well as characters past and present that inhabit the President’s life and dreams.
Playwright Mustapha Matura was born in Trinidad in 1939 and moved to London in 1961. In 1974, he was named The Most Promising Playwright by the Evening Standard and is now considered one of the leading theater figures in Britain .
“The Coup” was commissioned by the Royal National Theater of Great Britain in 1991. Its run enjoyed great acclaim, with critics calling it an “untidy and intermittently very funny play about an evidently untidy and intermittently funny country,” making for a “knowing, affirmative and fun evening.”
“Kudeta!” opens on January 11 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and runs until February 3, with 8 p.m. performances on Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. Production design by Tuxqs Rutaquio, lighting design by Dennis Marasigan and direction by Floy Quintos.
Tickets at P500 (regular) and P250 (student) are available at Ticketworld (8919999), CCP Box Office (8323704) and Tanghalang Pilipino (8323661/8321125 locals 1620 and 1621.) Visit the Tanghalang Pilipino website www.tanghalangpilipino.com.