The untold story of a Philippine hero. An unexpected but hilarious reunion between a man and his estranged family. A poignant companionship between an actor and his dresser. A fresh and original retelling of a Filipino epic. Are you ready to see all these stories unfold on the stage?
After recently concluding yet another stellar season, Repertory Philippines or REP has announced the exciting roster of shows it is set to stage in 2019.
The leading theater company’s 82nd season includes some captivating foreign plays as well as original productions penned by REP talents. With a star-studded stable of directors, writers and cast members, the next season is shaping up to be yet another promising one.
“This season of REP is incredibly special for a number of reasons,” said president and CEO, Mindy Perez-Rubio. “We’ll be working extensively with some of the most iconic REP talents, as well as several fresh new faces who each embody REP’s brand of world-class quality. As the foremost theater company in the Philippines that stages Broadway and West End plays as well as local originals, we steadfastly commit ourselves to giving audiences a topnotch theater experience that celebrates all kinds of genres.”
The much-anticipated season begins with Miong, a historical play about the first-ever president of the Philippines, Emilio Aguinaldo. To run from 15 February to 10 March, the production will be staged during the 150th birth anniversary of the national figure. Directed by REP veteran Joy Virata and starring rising actor-musician Tim Pavino in the lead role, Miong is a REP original play, with script and lyrics written by Virata and music by Ian Monsod. Additonal lyrics are by Freddie Santos while Ejay Yatco serves as musical director.
The momentum continues with the comedic Father’s Day which will run from 22 March to 14 April and topbills Miguel Faustmann. A sharp and witty play about an awkward and hilarious reunion between a divorced man and his estranged family, the production sees the return of the legendary Baby Barredo to the REP director’s chair.
Next on the lineup is British drama The Dresser, to be directed by Loy Arcenas, whose movie musical Ang Larawan won Best Picture at the 43rd Metro Manila Film Festival. Centered on the relationship between a tormented thespian and his loyal dresser, the production stars powerhouse duo Teroy Guzman and Audie Gemora and runs from 3 to 26 May.
The year ends on a strong note with the REP Theater for Young Audiences production of another original play, The Quest for the Adarna. Running from 14 September 14 2019 to 12 January 2020, the production is an English adaptation of the popular Filipino epic Ibong Adarna and is written by Luna Inocian with music by Rony Fortich. To be directed once more by Virata, the play is poised to be a colorful celebration of Philippine culture fit for the whole family.
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