Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Jao Mapa stars in Gantimpala Theater's Kanser (Noli Me Tangere)

The second installment of Gantimpala Theater’s Four Classics, “Kanser (Noli Me Tangere),” adapted from the Rizal novel by award-winning playwright Jomar Fleras and directed by Adriana Agcaoili, brings back on stage the life of the European-educated Don Crisostomo Ibarra and his lady love Maria Clara, with movie and TV actor Jao Mapa playing the role of Ibarra.

“This is my first time to play the role of Crisostomo Ibarra and I must admit that this is a very challenging character,” says Mapa. “Ibarra is an idealist, a young man educated from Europe who went home to spend his life with his beloved Maria Clara. When he comes home to San Diego, he sees that Filipinos are being oppressed by the Spaniards and even he, an ilustrado, also experiences the oppression. As an actor, people must see my transformation from a naïve young man to a hurting and hunted enemy of the government.”

He adds, “I am very thankful to Gantimpala Theater for giving me the opportunity once more to work with them. I appreciate the discipline, hard work and the high level of professionalism of all the people who are part of this production. I just hope that I deliver what they expect from me and that our audiences will enjoy and learn from our play.”

Aside from Mapa, the cast includes Fame Flores and Meliza Reyes (alternately portraying Maria Clara), Jojo Rieguera (alternate for Ibarra/Padre Salvi/Padre Syubila), Manolet Concepcion (Padre Damaso), Dante Balois (Pilosopong Tasyo), Ed Murillo (Capitan Tiago), Xeno Alejandro (Elias), Meldea Flor Formacil (Sisa), Irra Cenina (Padre Salvi/Padre Sybila/alternate for Mang-aawit), April Anne Dolot and Agnes Ramos (alternately portraying Doña Victorina), Hazel Orencio (Doña Consolacion), Niesty Lopera (Don Tiburcio), Vangie Inocencio (Tiya Isabel), John Zyke Santos (Basilio), John Dencel Galoso (Crispin), Molts Meneses (Teniente Guevarra/Tarcilo) and Von Arroyo (Mang-awit).

Assisting Agcaoili are Jose Jeffrey Camañag (associate director), Andy Villareal (lights designer), Marianne Sedotes (set designer), Albert Figueras (costume designer), Darby Dizon (choreographer), Jorge Cabullo (production manager), Wilmark Oliver Tabio (stage manager) and Tony Espejo (artistic director).

Performances are on September 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13 (10 a.m./2 p.m.), AFP Theater, Quezon City; and September 18, 18, 20 (10 a.m./ 2 p.m.), SM South Mall, Las Piñas City. The show is fully supported by the National Parks Development Committee.

For inquiries, please call the Gantimpala Theater Marketing Office, look for Glenda Agravante at (632) 8995745, 8963503, 4745198, or visit www.gantimpalatheater.multiply.com

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