“It is a unique theater experience!” Tony Espejo, artistic director of Gantimpala Theater, says of “Florante at Laura,” now under the direction of Roeder Camañag and with a new script written by Bonifacio Ilagan. It opens Gantimpala's 33rd season.
“Florante at Laura,” written by Francisco Balagtas, is about warring Moors and Christians and the intertwining lives of a quartet of star-crossed lovers--Florante, Laura, Aladin and Flerida.
This immortal Filipino love story uses the theater form of the komedya, complete with majestic marches and grand batalla.
“Bonifacio Ilagan wrote a very breathtaking and cinematic script, that is why I am very inspired to do this,” says first-time director Roeder Camañag.
“People can expect that the action and romantic elements plus the beauty of the language will be highlighted. If you are an actor, doing the play is very challenging since it requires you to use all your instruments, your body, voice and mind. If these three are not in sync, then you will not be able to give justice to the role assigned to you. ”
“It is important for all actors to experience and act in a production like 'Florante at Laura' as it will make them appreciate more our heritage and roots,” adds Camañag.
The cast includes Joel Molina and Randy Villarama (as alternate Florantes); Criena House (Laura); Eric dela Cruz and Arkin Da Silva (alternately playing Adolfo); Jose Jeffrey Camañag (Haring Linceo); Zenaida Loyola Sevila (Reyna Floresca); Billy Parjan (Duke Briseo); Paul Jake Paule (Menandro); Ronald Concepcion (Antenor); Leo Ponseca (Sultan Ali-Adab); Berl William Angeles (Aladin) and Hazel Orencio (Flerida).
In the artistic team are Jose Jeffrey Camañag (associate director); Andy Villareal (lighting designer); Norman Peñaflorida (set designer); Alex Guerrero (choreographer); Charyl Chan de Guzman (production manager) and Glendel Dacumos(stage manager).
The National Parks Development Committee and Ever Bilena support Gantimpala Theater’s “Florante at Laura.”
Performances are on August 1, 6 p.m., at the Concert at the Park Open Air Auditorium, in Luneta, Manila; August 6 to 8, August 13-15, (10 a.m./2 p.m.), at the AFP Theater in Quezon City; and August 20-22, (10 a.m./2 p.m.), SM Southmall, in Las Piñas City.
For bookings and tickets, call 8995745, 8963503 or 4745198. Visit www.gantimpalatheater.multiply.com or www.facebook.com/gantimpala.