Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Lito Casaje directs RP premiere of German play

Lito Casaje, president and artistic director of Dramatis Personae, directs the Philippine premiere of German playwright Ingrid Lausund's "Slipped Disc: A Study of the Upright Walk," a play about corporate careers that will presented in Salcedo Village, Makati, in the heart of the country’s business district.

The play is about five office workers, three men and two women, who are outside the boss' office waiting for a fateful meeting.

The careerists, Alpha man-boy Hufschmidt (Richard Cunanan), social climber Kretzsky (Jake Macapagal), power woman Schmitt (Mailes Kanapi), hysterical Kristensen (Lynn Sherman) and loser Kruse (Jeffrey Quizon) have spent night after night rehearsing in front of the mirror, memorizing the precise choreography for the face-off with the boss ("Glasses in the ashtray, cigarette in the nose, the main thing is eye contact!").

The boss remains unseen, but the outcome of the meeting is hard to overlook.

Ingrid Lausund has written and directed 30 plays over the last 7 years, most of them comic farces examining contemporary life. She co-founded Theater Ravensburg in 1992, an ensemble for which she wrote and directed.

In 2000, she began working at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg as director and resident playwright, where she directed the premieres of her plays "Hysterikon" and "Slipped Disc." Lausund has travelled the world extensively as writer and director, with works presented in Kazakhstan, Russia, India, France and Brazil, among other places.

This production of "Slipped Disc" is the first time her work will be presented in the Philippines.

"Slipped Disc: A Study of the Upright Walk" will have performances on March 28, 8pm; March 29, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., and March 30, 4 p.m. at the Goethe-Institut Manila, 5/F Adamson Centre, 121 L.P. Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City.

Admission is free, but due to limited seating, please obtain tickets at the Goethe-Institut Manila in advance. Call 8170978 or visit

1 comment:

erasmusa said...

a play with an impressive cast= a free present for myself on my birthday. thanks for this!

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