Same Old Brand New: Repertory Philippines Season 77

Choose your own entertainment. The five theater productions to be staged by Repertory Philippines this 2014,

MAKATI, Philippines- On what can be their grandest season ever, Repertory Philippines officially unveiled five proven and tested theater productions to be staged this coming 2014.

Repertory Philippines’ Season 77 Grand Launch was conducted last December 2, at Greenbelt 1 Onstage Theater.

The premiere theater production announced that they will be doing new versions of Wait Until Dark, August: Osage County, Noises Off, Pinocchio and Scrooge, a full package of suspense, black comedy, farce, and musical.

According to Joy Viirata, this year’s director of Pinocchio, they are doing new adaptations of their old classics for the benefit of the new generation, and so it is for the other theater productions.

“There would always be children. There would always be children who would want to watch Pinnochio.” Virata said.

Albeit staging classic stories, Repertory Philippines is expected to add spice on their new platters as they get new family members through Chris Millado to direct August: Osage County and Guido Gatmaytan to take the lead role in Pinocchio.

Here is a sneak peek on Repertory Philippines Season 77 official line-up!

Wait Until Dark by Frederick Knott

Director: Michael Faustmann
Genre: Suspense Thriller
Awards: Audrey Hepburn nominated for an Academy Award
Film Adaptation: 1967 starring Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin and Richard Crenna
Dates: January 17- February 19, 2014

When Sam Hendrix carries a doll across the Canada-US border, he sets of a chain of events that will lead to a terrifying ordeal for his blind wife, Susy. The doll was stuffed with heroin and when it cannot be located, its owner, a Mr. Roat, stages a piece of theatre in an attempt to recover it. He arranges for Sam to be away from the house for a day and then has two con men, Mike Talman and a Mr. Carlito, alternately encourage or scare Susy into telling them where the doll is hidden. Talman pretends to be an old friend of Sam's while Carlito pretends to be a police officer.

Despite their best efforts they make little headway as Susy has no idea where the doll might be, leading Mr. Roat to take a somewhat more violent approach to getting the information from her.

August: Osage County by Tracy Letts

Director: Chris Millado
Genre: Black Comedy
Awards: Pulitzer Prize and 5 Tony Awards
2014 Film Adaptation: Starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor
Dates: February 21- March 16, 2014

Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer-Prize- and Tony-Award-winning play is one of the great new American dramas. At the Oklahoma farmhouse of the Westons, the patriarch, Beverly, goes missing. The family gathers together at the farmhouse hoping for good news, but, after five days, his body is found in a lake, a presumed suicide. The play takes us through the family’s pain, not just over Beverly’s death, but of living in a very dysfunctional family for many years.

Violet, the drug-addicted, brain-addled matriarch, her three daughters, and their families try, unsuccessfully, to work out their problems from the time they arrive hoping to find Beverly, through his funeral, and on into the next day. Darkly comic, but also violent and sad, August: Osage County explores the painful issues all American families have to face, and then some.

Noises Off by Michael Frayn

Director: Michael Faustmannn
Genre: Farce
Awards: Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play
Dates: March 28- April 27, 2014

A comedy/ farce in three acts, “Noises Off” starts in the middle of dress/tech rehearsal for a theater company tackling “Noises On,” an English sex farce in which two couples cross paths at a country manor. But that’s just the starting point for “Noises Off,” which adds another layer of complexity by stopping the action of the play-within-the-play to take up the love lives of the actors presenting the farce.

Pinocchio by Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy

Genre: Musical for Theater For Young Audiences
Dates: August 16- December 12, 2014

In Pinnochio, the story of a familiar wooden puppet who wants to become a real boy is told with vim, verve, and vibrancy. Set in Italy, this version tells the beloved tale of Pinocchio, a boy-sized puppet built by the caring puppet maker, Geppetto. Knowing of his longing for a son, the Blue Fairy brings Pinocchio to life as a reward for Geppetto's remarkably generous spirit. Pinocchio is told by the Blue Fairy that if he always obeys his father, she will turn him into a real boy. But the best laid plans can sometimes go awry and Pinocchio's boyish longings leads him away from his father and on an adventure unlike any other. From the Land Of The Toys to the belly of a whale, Pinocchio learns that no love is greater than that of a parent for a child.
The perfect piece for a theatre with young audiences, PINOCCHIO is peppered with universal lessons of good will and good behavior!

Scrooge by Leslie Bricusse

Genre: Family Musical
Date: November 21- December 14, 2014

In 1860, the stingy and cranky Ebenezer Scrooge that hates Christmas; loathes people and runs his bank exploiting his employee Bob Cratchit and clients, giving a bitter treatment to his own nephew and acquaintances. However, on Christmas Eve, he is visited by the doomed ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley that tells him that three spirits would visit him that night. The first one, the spirit of past Christmas, recalls his miserable youth when he lost his only love due to his greed; the spirit of the present Christmas shows him the poor situation of Bob’s family and how joyful life may be; and the spirit of future Christmas shows his fate.

Scrooge finds that life is good and time is too short and suddenly you are not there anymore, changing his behavior toward Christmas, Bob, his nephew and people in general. A timeless family Christmas classic for all ages!!

Special numbers:

As a special treat, Repertory Philippines alongside TicketWorld Inc. is selling Orchestra Center seats to all five Repertory Philippines Season 77 shows in 2014 for Php 2,400.00.

Call Repertory Philippines at 571-6926 or visit their official website http://www.repertoryphilippines.com/ for more details. TicketWorld Inc. is also open for ticket reservations and inquiries, call them at 891-9999 or visit http://www.ticketworld.com.ph/.

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