‘Merchant of Venice’ Filipino Adaptation to Stream Online


Der Kaufmann
a scene from Der Kaufmann; photo c/o Tanghalang Pilipino

Tanghalang Pilipino’s Der Kaufmann will be streaming online starting on June 12!

The play is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, which was staged by the company at the CCP’s Studio Theater in 2013. Written by Rody Vera, with a Filipino translation by National Artist for Theater and Literature, Rolando Tinio, the 16th century piece is now set during the Holocaust. It is directed by Vera and Tuxqs Rutaquio, who also serves as production designer.

The cast features Jonathan Tadioan as Shylock (Father); Regina De Vera as Portia; Tuxqs Rutaquio as Antonio, 175; Marco Viaña as Antonio, 175; Lou Veloso as Gobo, Tubal, Duke; Ricardo Magno as Basannio, Nazi 1; Doray Dayao as Nerissa; Bunny Cadag as Lancelot, Utusan, Aragon, Solanio, 175; JV Ibesate as Lorenzo, Nazi 2; Aldo Vencilao as Solanio, Utusan, Aragon, 175, Lancelot; Antonette Go as Jessica, Gipsy, Jew, Utusan, Understudy Portia; Lhorvie Nuevo as Jessica, Jew, Utusan, Understudy Nerissa; Racquel Pareño as Shylock (Mother); Trixie Esteban as Shylock (Daughter); Tracy Quila as Gratiano, Nazi Leader; Eric Sindol as Salerio, 175; Kristofer Kliatchko as Morocco, Nazi 1; and Tj Ramos as the Pianist.

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Also in the creative team are Giselle Garcia (dramaturgy), TJ Ramos (music and sound design), and John Batalla (lighting design).

You can watch Der Kaufmann over at the iWant app and website from June 12 to July 12, 2020. The online initiative is part of iWant’s Pantawid ng Tanghalan, a fundraising project that aims to help Tanghalang Pilipino in continuing to provide the public with artistic and socially relevant content, even amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. The streaming project is in collaboration with Tanghalang Pilipino, CCP, and iWant.

You can donate through the channels below or through KTX:

Tanghalang Pilipino Corporate Account
Account Name: Tanghalang Pilipino Foundation Inc.
Savings Account Number: 3131-0387-46
Bank Branch: BPI – Harrison Plaza

GCash Account (Handled by TP’s Admin Officer)
Number: 0915-4538933

QR Code Bank Details (Tanghalang Pilipino’s Finance Officer)
Account Name: Richelle Serna
Savings Account Number: 4979-1150-52
Bank Branch: BPI – Basillo, España

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