The UP School of Drama and Comparative Literature, in celebration of its centennial year, collaborate with Dr. Anton Juan's World Theater Project to stage Dr. Judy Celine Ick's dramaturgy of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” on Feb. 28-March 6 at the Media Center, Broadcast Communication Building, UP Diliman.
Now called “Screen: Macbeth,” with concept and direction by the internationally renowned Juan Jr. (on sabbatical from University of Notre Dame du Lac), the play merges live performance with film--the real world being the characters moving on the real plane, and the supernatural and the liminal realms seen onscreen.
The ensemble of witches is treated like a diverse chorus of people of everyday life, establishing the panorama against which existing social corruption and political intrigue fester. The production seeks to articulate the conflict between corruption and conscience, between the dark spaces of abjection and the will triggered by desire and greed.
The play features sterling actors Teroy Guzman, Judy Ick, Ricky Abad, Chiqui Burgos, Frances Makil-Ignacio, Romnick Sarmenta, Earl Ignacio, Ron Capinding, Jaime Wilson, Ian Lomongo, William Manzano and Mary Jane Alejo. The witches will be played by surprise guest actors, all of them former actors and students of mentor-director Juan and who now are actors in the theater, television and film worlds both here and abroad.
“Screen: Macbeth” has dramaturgy by Judy Ick, assistant direction by Pat Valera and Katte Sabate, sound design by Jethro Joaquin, set design by Ohm David, technical direction and lights design by Meliton Roxas, costume design by Lhenvil Paneda and weapon design by Paul Gaerlan.
Performances are Feb. 28-March 4, 7 p.m., and March 5-6, 3 p.m./7 p.m., at the Media Center, Broadcast Communication Building, College of Mass Communication, University of the Philippines, Diliman.
For inquiries, call Katte Sabate at 0927-7491842, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the DECL office 9263496.
1. From the costumes shown so far in the promo materials, I'm guessing Screen: Macbeth will lean considerably on Throne of Blood, Akira Kurosawa's transposition of the play to medieval-era Japan, for its references/juxtapositions. Though it doesn't use the language, it's certainly one of the best Shakespearean film adaptations out there, brilliantly streamlined and featuring a chilling performance by the Japanese actress Isuzu Yamada in the Lady Macbeth role. The celebrated “death by arrows” scene is not on YouTube, so here, instead, is the trailer of the movie:
2. And since Screen: Macbeth is making a big to-do about its witches, here, too, is the unforgettable opening scene of Roman Polanski's 1971 Macbeth, featuring the classic three hags (Throne of Blood only had one). In barely five minutes, what they do onscreen sets the bleak, mordant, frankly sexual texture of the rest of the film. Or as a commenter on YouTube put it succinctly: F*ck Twilight and all that shit, this is REAL filmmaking! They don't make them the way they used to.