Filipino adaptation of Macbeth to premiere at SDA this summer

Filipino adaptation of Macbeth to premiere at SDA this summer

National Artist for Literature Rolando S. Tinio’s translation of a classic Shakespearean tragedy, Macbeth, will run from March 22 until April 1.

One of history’s most renowned theater pieces will come to life at the School of Design and Arts Black Box Theater, from March 22 to April 1 as the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde’s Arts and Culture Cluster (BACC) spearheaded the production of Makbet, a Filipino retelling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth by National Artist Rolando S. Tinio.

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The play is in collaboration with various prominent theater practitioners, and the faculty and students from Theater Arts, Production Design, and Art Management programs of the College.

In a roundtable discussion last Feb. 16, BACC announced the line-up of the cast at the Andrew Café. George De Jesus III, who will play Makbet, and Benilde’s President Br. Dennis “BroDen” Magbanua FSC, who will play Haring Duncan, were present at the event, together with Director Nonon Padilla, and answered questions about the production’s rehearsals and preparations. In addition, veteran film and theater actress Irma Adlawan, who won Best Actress for her role in ‘Oro’ in the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival, will play Senyora Makbet.

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Theater Arts Program Chairperson Magdalena De Leon introduced the crew behind the upcoming production, which employs distinguished production designer Gino Gonzales, apprentice of National Artist for Theater and Design Salvador Bernal, to take the helm for set and costume design. He will be working with veteran Japanese lighting designer Naomi Matsumoto, who will be in charge of the set’s lighting.

BroDen’s portrayal as Haring Duncan marks the President’s first role for a stage play. The President took this opportunity after Mr. Padilla invited him for the role.

“This is my turn for a class, it’s me learning. I said yes, because I know we have a very good director and I’ll learn how far I would go as an actor,” BroDen shared in the discussion, noting his opinion as part of the cast.

Three of the College’s administrators will also join the cast as witches, namely Christine Crame, chairperson of the Dance program, and Sunita Mukhi, Benilde’s Associate Dean for Arts and Culture cluster.

Photo by Bryan Nonay

According to Padilla, the idea of staging Makbet came up after the 400th death anniversary of Shakespeare, where a global commemoration was held. This inspired the Cluster to produce the play as their participation to the remembrance of Shakespeare’s legacy. In addition, Padilla said they want the play to be associated with the story of the Fall of Man in the Bible.

Macbeth is Shakespeare’s shortest yet darkest play. It revolves around its namesake, a Scottish General named Macbeth, in his journey to fulfill his ambition of becoming king one day, eventually corrupting his destiny.

Tickets will be available via TicketWorld. Additionally, a booth located at the 9th floor of SDA is also selling tickets. For more information, you may reach Patricia Bautista at 0917 842 5013.


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