Thursday, August 06, 2009

Anton Juan's production of Brecht/Weill's The Threepenny Opera opens August 14

Playwright and director Anton Juan mounts Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's “The Threepenny Opera” for his own theater company, the World Theater Project, on August 14, 15 and 16 at the PETA Theater Center.

This satire on the opera is based on John Gay’s “The Beggars’ Opera.” Brecht set it in Victorian England. Juan's “Threepenny Opera” promises to be a provocative but totally entertaining work with scenes that Filipino audiences will find all-too-familiar, such as corrupt police officers, manipulative and scheming operators of beggars’ business, prostitutes, scumbags and self-righteous leaders. This piece is made more intriguing with the use of the “padyak” as the centerpiece of the set.

Playing the role of Macheath (aka Mack the Knife, the main character immortalized in the song made popular by such singers as Bobby Darin, Louie Armstrong and Sammy Davis Jr.) is veteran stage actor Teroy Guzman, with his lady loves Polly Peachum (Kalila Aguilos), Pirate Jenny (Bituin Escalante) and Lucy Brown (Frances Makil-Ignacio).

Onyl Torres and Cholo Gino are Mr. and Mrs Peachum, operators of the begging business, while Jerald Napoles plays police chief Tiger Brown. Ricci Chan takes on the role of the Streetsinger who provides the thread of the story.

The production's artistic team is composed of choreographer Dexter Santos, lighting designer John Batalla, videographer Winter David, audiophile Roberto Bacsal and costume designer Marnelli Nacion Puyot. Pat Valera is the assistant director. Meliton Roxas provides the technical direction.

This “Threepenny Opera” is in partnership with Sambalikhaan Foundation, Coca-Cola Export Corporation, Interactive Broadcast Media DWWW-774, St. Luke’s College of Medicine, and First Philippine Holdings.

For tickets and other info, call 7228577 (Debbie) or text 0917-8410780, or visit

1 comment:

the barefoot baklesa said...

like any Anton Juan project, this will surely be one to watch... I can't wait to see this, this is one of those plays that theatre scholars must see at every treatment it takes...

see you, in the theatre...

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