Friday, September 25, 2009

Eula Valdes leads cast of Tanghalang Pilipino’s A Streetcar Named Desire

Tennesse Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” translated by the late playwright Orlando Nadres into Filipino as “Flores Para Los Muertos”, will be brought to life on stage as Tanghalang Pilipino’s third offering in its 23rd Theater Season, which celebrates “Women of Substance.”

Multi-awarded TV, film and stage director Floy Quintos directs the play, which will be performed in English and Filipino. The cast includes Ana Abad Santos as Blanche in the English version and Eula Valdes as Blanche Dubois in Filipino.

Playing Stanley Kowalski, the role made famous by Marlon Brando in its original staging and film adaptation, are Reuben Uy in English and Neil Ryan Sese in Filipino. Stella Kowalski will be performed by seasoned stage actor Mailes Kanapi in English, and theater newbie Meryll Soriano in Filipino.

Also in the cast are Paolo O’Hara, Jonathan Tadioan, Marjorie Lorico, Paolo Cabañero, Jerald Napoles, and Tara Cabaero.

Perhaps Williams’ greatest masterpiece, “A Streetcar Named Desire/Flores Para Los Muertos” is rich in characters, dialogue and psychological depth, all of which have challenged many serious artists, beginning with Brando in the first Broadway staging along with Jessica Tandy as Blanche Dubois, and then Vivien Leigh as the faded Southern belle in the movie version.

The play’s recurring theme is the constant and often dangerous conflict between reality and fantasy, actual and ideal. Blanche Dubois, the main character says, “I don’t want realism; I want magic.” Her deception of others and herself is not from malicious intent, but from a heart and spirit broken by adversity and forced to retreat to a kinder, purer time that no longer exists.

“A Streetcar Named Desire/Flores Para Los Muertos” opens on October 2, 2009 at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino and runs for four weekends until October 25, 2009.

It will be performed in English from October 2 to 11 and in Filipino from October 16 to 25; Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 3 pm and 8 pm, and Sundays at 3 pm. Special shows are available upon reservation. For ticket inquiries, call Tanghalang Pilipino 8323661, Ticketworld 8919999 or the CCP Box Office 8323704.

1 comment:

beektur said...

Three words: Neil Ryan Sese.

Can he top Raymond Bagatsing's Stanley to Dina Bonevie's Blanche. Hmmm.

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