Saturday, January 08, 2011

Rep stages The Joy Luck Club, directed by Anton Juan, February 4-20

“The Joy Luck Club,” the best-selling novel by Amy Tan, which was also made into a movie directed by Wayne Wang, is now a play. And Repertory Philippines is staging it from Feb. 4 to 20, 2011, at Onstage Greenbelt 1, Makati City.

The play is a chorus of eight voices of tightly woven stories on the lives of four Chinese immigrant women and their four American-born daughters. The four mothers create a mahjong group called the Joy Luck Club, and audiences will see the stories of the members of this club unfold.

By turns funny, touching and heart-wrenching, the play showcases the rich complexity of love between mothers and daughters, transcending age and cultural gaps.

Adapted by Susan Kim and directed by Anton Juan (recent credits include the non-stage, multi-floor production of “Information for Foreigners”), the powerhouse cast includes Rebecca Chuaunsu, Jay Glorioso, Frances Makil Ignacio and Pinky Marquez as the mothers; and Ana Abad Santos, Lily Chu, Jenny Jamora and Cris Villonco as the daughters.

Costume design is by Eric Pineda, with set design by Ohm David and lighting design by John Ilao Batalla.

Rep associate artistic director Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo says, “It’s a great way for families, friends and couples to celebrate Chinese New Year, which kicks off the month on Feb. 3. The show will be great for Valentine’s dates as well.”

After “The Joy Luck Club,” Rep will stage “The 39 Steps,” a comedy thriller based on an Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece, from March 4 to 20, 2011, where four actors play 150 characters.

From April 1 to 7, 2011, audiences can enjoy the comedy “Shakespeare in Hollywood,” where Shakespeare's most famous fairies, Oberon and Puck, end up on the Hollywood set of Max Reinhardt's “A Midsummer Night's Dream.”

“The Joy Luck Club” will be staged at Onstage Theater, 2nd floor, Greenbelt 1 Mall, Makati City. Gold or Silver season ticket passes are available for these three productions, which provide a discount and choice seats at selected dates compared to buying individual tickets for each of the shows.

All productions are available for show-buying and block ticket sales for individuals or organizations who would like to earn extra income or raise funds. All productions are also available for sponsors who wish to reach Rep’s audiences.

“The Joy Luck Club” runs Feb. 4 to 20, 2011. For ticket inquiries and other information, call Repertory Philippines 5716926 and 5714941, or email Tickets also available at Ticketworld 8919999 or

PLUS: The cast of Rep's The Joy Luck Club reading an excerpt from the play at the launch of Rep's new season in November last year--


Guyrony said...


I am a big fan of Amy Tan and her book - Joy Luck Club.

Let's watch this and O-Z and RENT! Wheeee!

Fickle Cattle said...

Hi gibbs!

It was nice meeting you in person finally. :-)

gibbs cadiz said...

fickle cattle! it was more than nice to have met you, it was AWESOME. join us again next time. :)

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