Thursday, November 12, 2009

Dulaang UP's Mary Stuart: the duelling royals

Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino as Elizabeth I and Anna Abad Santos as Mary, Queen of Scots in Dulaang UP's English-language production of Mary Stuart. Tess Dumpit alternates with Abad Santos as Mary.

Dulaang UP's fourth production for its 34th theater season is the Philippine premiere of “Maria Stuart”, a play by renowned German playwright and poet Friedrich Von Schiller, whose 250th birth anniversary is marked this year in the theatrical world.

“Mary Stuart” is a dramatization of a historical clash between two strong-willed women in history: Queen Elizabeth I of England and Queen Mary Stuart of Scotland--two iconic women whose struggle for power exemplified one of the most moving and thrilling displays of passion and politics the world had ever seen.

Stella Cañete as Elizabeth I and Banaue Miclat as Mary, Queen of Scots in the Filipino-version Maria Stuart, with translation by Palanca Award winner Allan Palileo.

Directed by Tony Mabesa, the production also features Floy Quintos, Ces Quesada, Richard Cunanan, Flor Salanga, Alegria Ferrer, Ku Aquino, Jaques Borlaza, Allan Palileo, Ron Capinding, Gwyn Guanzon, Fonz Deza, Evert Gandarosa, Eric dela Cruz, Reuben Uy, JJ Ignacio, Brian Arda, Josh Deocareza and Zafrullah Masahud.

Set design by New York-based designer Clint Ramos and costume design by Eric Pineda. Others in the artistic team are Voltaire de Jesus (lights), Winter David (video), Jojit Lorenzo (photography), Meliton Roxas Jr. (technical direction), Katte Sabate and Carlo Cannu (associate direction).

“Mary Stuart” will run from Nov. 18-Dec. 6, every Wednesdays to Fridays at 7 p.m. and every weekend at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. with Saturdays at 7 p.m. For more information, call 0906-2263032 or the Dulaang UP Office 9261349, 9818500 loc 2449 or 4337840.

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