Described by TP Artistic Director Nanding Josef as “a relevant and exciting new production,” “Madonna Brava ng Mindanao” features award-winning actress Shamaine Centenera Buencamino as Madonna Brava, together with members of the TP Actors' Company and actors from Mindanao.
Based on Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage and Her Children”, the play is translator Don Pagusara’s paean to the German master. Madonna Brava is a kind of ubiquitous witness to the rough and tumble of the unending Mindanao war, which she follows and exploits with the flamboyance of a trader and the bravado of a woman who needs to survive with her family in a milieu of uncertainty, terror and death.
Her multicab, a veritable mobile mini-bazaar loaded with an assortment of wares that cater to soldiers, takes her and her tri-ethnic brood--a Moro, a Christian and a “lumad”--to long distances and unseemly spaces of war-torn Mindanao.
Under the direction of Nestor Horfilla, founding artistic director of Kaliwat Theater Collective, Inc. of Davao, the production also features music composed and arranged by Mebuyan.
“Madonna Brava ng Mindanao” will run for four weekends, from September 18 to October 11, with evening shows at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and matinees at 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets at P600 and P300 are available at the CCP Box Office (8323704) and Ticketworld (8919999) outlets.
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