The Tempest Reimagined
This November 2016, PETA presents The Tempest Reimagined, a Filipino adaptation of a Shakespeare classic. Tempest Reimagined fuses together three cultures to tell the real stories of Yolanda survivors through the fantastic lens of the world’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare.
Acclaimed artists from London, Japan and the Philippines, with decades worth of experience and achievement, come together to bring a world-class production to the Filipino stage.
Shakespeare’s Tempest begins with a powerful and fantastic storm. It throws the passengers of a ship up on an enchanted island in the middle of the ocean. The storm is fantastic because it is conjured by Prospero, a powerful wizard, and made by his servant, Ariel, a potent spirit of the air!
It brings under Prospero’s sway, a Queen and her followers, one of whom is his sister; Prospero wants to wreak revenge on this sister and the queen for having thrown him out of the city he ruled twelve years before; during the coup, they put him and his baby daughter Miranda into a small, leaky boat and set them adrift. It was only by Divine Providence, that they were able to reach the island. Ever since then, they have lived there with no companions but the spirits, chief of whom is the supernatural spirit Ariel and the monstrous native of the island, Caliban, earthy child of the witch Sycorax who ruled the island until Prospero arrived.
Shakespeare’s play was based on a real-life tempest which was the talk of London in 1610. In a great storm, the ship Sea Adventurer full of British colonists was driven onto the rocks of Bermuda, a place feared by sailors and known at the time as the Devil’s Islands. Instead of the desolate and barren place of legend, they found it Paradise - and lived to sail on to Virginia.
In the same way The Tempest reimagined uses recent real events to create a world in and around the play.
Woven through the original plot are stories from a recent hurricane that hit these islands and wandering around lost are survivors of that storm. The imaginary events are mirrored and given more weight by the real events; people are shocked and confused, terrified, grief stricken, try to find relatives, food and water, try to recover, lose their minds, break down, and plot mutinies. But also find barrels of booze in the wreckage and get drunk, meet and fall in love, celebrate, sing and dance, build beautiful new shelters from and among the wreckage.
Such storms bring massive change, to the landscape and the lives of the people in their path; not only in their physical circumstances but sea-changes take place in personalities, their obsessions and preoccupations, they make new priorities and discoveries about themselves. Love softens revenge, pity thaws revengeful hearts, a new spirit of enlightenment and generosity can prevail. Or not.
Nona Sheppard (Director, Playwright) Associate Director of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), a drama school in London, England. It is one of the oldest drama schools in the United Kingdom, founded in 1904. She has served as writer and director for many companies. Her plays for young please have received several awards and have been seen in USA, Canada, Europe and Asia. She has over a hundred and fifty productions and forty commissioned plays to her credit.
Liza Magtoto (Co-Playwright) A senior member of PETA, Liza Magtoto is a freelance scriptwriter for stage, television, radio and film. She is a multi-awarded writer known for her hit comedy musical Care Divas and Rak of Aegis! Her other plays include Despedida de Soltera, Agnoia, Nay Isa, Paigan, and a translation of Apples from the Dessert by Sayvon Liebrecht.
Marsha Roddy (Production Designer) Her career has spanned over 25 years as an artist and designer. Her work explores three-dimensional space, movement, texture and above all how we as humans connect and express ourselves. She has designed sets and costumes for the stage, film and television, worked on Architectural projects, events and created pieces of performance Art.
|Friday, November 11, 2016||8:00 PM||British Council|
|Saturday, November 12, 2016||10:00 AM||MPRO||0905 369 6003|
|3:00 PM||Elnora Ebillo||0917 805 9164|
|Sunday, November 13, 2016||10:00 AM and 3:00 PM||MPRO||0905 369 6003|
|Wednesday, November 16, 2016||10:00 AM and 3:00 PM||MPRO||0905 369 6003|
|Thursday, November 17, 2016||10:00 AM and 3:00 PM||MPRO||0905 369 6003|
|Friday, November 18, 2016||10:00 AM and 3:00 PM||MPRO||0905 369 6003|
|Saturday, November 19, 2016||10:00 AM and 3:00 PM||MPRO||0905 369 6003|
|Sunday, November 20, 2016||10:00 AM||MPRO||0905 369 6003|
|3:00 PM||Marlon Costales||0998 544 8344|
|Wednesday, November 23, 2016||10:00 AM||MPRO||0905 369 6003|
|Thursday, November 24, 2016||10:00 AM and 3:00 PM||MPRO||0905 369 6003|
|Friday, November 25, 2016||10:00 AM||MRPO||0905 369 6003|
|3:00 PM||Roy Allan Magturo||0917 625 5096|
|Saturday, November 26, 2016||3:00 PM||Pat Dizon||0917 580 7600|
|8:00 PM||Ron Bautista||0906 438 2204|
|Sunday, November 27, 2016||10:00 AM||Hope Zambrano||0917 312 4673|
|3:00 PM||Pisay 91||0920 927 0734|
|Wednesday, November 30, 2016||10:00 AM||MPRO||0905 369 6003|
|3:00 PM||Red Cross||0917 553 3583|
|Thursday, December 1, 2016||3:00 PM||MPRO||0905 369 6003|
|8:00 PM||Icee Po||0917 810 9668|
|Friday, December 2, 2016||3:00 PM||MPRO||0905 369 6003|
|8:00 PM||Icee Po||0917 810 9668|
|Saturday, December 3, 2016||3:00 PM||She Maala||0928 504 7408|
|8:00 PM||Rhoel Recheta||0917 880 9160|
|Sunday, December 4, 2016||3:00 PM||Andrea Teran||09192359404|
|8:00 PM||Babette Yllana||0917 536 8299|
- November 11-December 4
- Wednesday-Friday 8:00pm
- Saturday-Sunday 3:00pm & 8:00pm
PETA Theater Center #5 Eymard Drive, Brgy. Kritong Hari New Manila, Quezon City
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