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 for REP.
“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 February 15 to March 10, 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 March 22 to April 14 and top bills 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 May 3 to May 26.
The year ends on a strong note with the REP Theater for Young Audiences production of another REP-original play, The Quest for the Adarna. Running from September 14, 2019 to January 12, 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 the multi-talented Joy Virata, the play is poised to be a colorful celebration of Philippine culture fit for the whole family.
With such a great season ahead, make sure you grab your season passes right away! Make 2019 your most entertaining year yet with REP’s world-class productions.
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Repertory Philippines 2019 Season Shows
Miong (February 15 to March 10)
Miong, a musical based on the life of Emilio “Miong” Aguinaldo, follows the life of the country’s first-ever president from his birth until the declaration of independence. Born into a middle-class provincial family and confronted by several problems, Miong must learn how to make the most out of what life has given him. Focusing on the figure’s youth and personal life, it paints a picture of the national hero that is seldom shown by history books. Filled with inspiring songs and stellar performances, Miong is a tale of courage, patriotism, and how the most ordinary young person can accomplish great things.
Director: Joy Virata
Cast: Tim Pavino, Noel Rayos, Cara Barredo, Meynard Peñalosa, Elver Esquivel
Father’s Day (March 22 to April 14)
On an unassuming winter’s evening, Henry Willows receives an unexpected visit from his estranged son, Matthew, and his goth girlfriend, Christine. Still bitter from the divorce that tore his family apart, Henry treats them unkindly. After Henry discovers that Matthew has run away however, he decides to call his ex-wife, Sue, resulting in an uneasy family reunion. When it is revealed that the sixteen-year-old Christine may be pregnant, it prompts Henry and Sue to recall their past, prodded on by the mischievous and conniving Matthew, who wishes to see his parents together again. Brimming with comedic banter and razor-sharp turns of phrase, Father’s Day unpacks its heavy themes with endless humor.
Director: Baby Barredo
Cast: Miguel Faustmann, Andres Borromeo, Liesl Batucan, Becca Coates, Rachel Coates
The Dresser (May 3 to May 26)
As German bombs lay England to waste, a touring theater company prepares for a production of King Lear. Sir, a tormented but brilliant thespian, arrives on set in a delusional state. Norman, his loyal dresser, does all he can to ensure that the show goes on, much to the disapproval of the company, who have had enough of Sir’s erratic behavior. As the theater fills up and an air-raid commences, Sir steps onstage as Lear while the company crosses its fingers. A poignant look at age, companionship, and the persistence of art in a time of war, The Dresser foregrounds humanity at its most vulnerable.
Director: Loy Arcenas
Cast: Teroy Guzman, Audie Gemora, Tami Monsod, Jeremy Domingo, Robbie Guevara, Justine Narciso
The Quest for the Adarna (September 14,2019 to January 12,2020)
The peaceable and prosperous kingdom of Berbania is ruled by the beloved King Fernando and his equally loved wife, Queen Valeriana. They are blessed with three sons—all mighty warriors. This idyllic life is shattered when King Fernando is struck down by a mysterious sickness and can only be healed by the song of the mythical bird, the Adarna. Anyone wanting to capture this elusive creature must travel to its home on Mount Tabor, a journey that is fraught with danger. After the failure of his two elder brothers, the youngest son, Prince Juan, ventures to find the bird and save his father.
Director: Joy Virata