This November, 400 years after Shakespeare’s death, PETA, together with RADA (The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) and the Japan Foundation, adapts The Tempest into a Filipino setting. The Tempest Reimagined follows the events of the recent devastation brought about by typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) set in parallel with the story of Prospero as she seeks to reclaim her rightful title.
(READ: PETA Presents The Tempest Reimagined; a Filipino Adaptation of the Shakespeare Classic)
Writer and Director Nona Shepphard, together with playwright Liza Magtoto (Rak of Aegis), accurately paint the tragedy the people of Leyte experienced. The two carefully translated the Shakespeare text into a script that plays with both English and Tagalog while preserving the beautiful Shakespearean lines. Joining the production is veteran lighting director Tzuguo Izumi from Japan. This wonderful collaboration from the British Council, Japan Foundation and PETA promises a spectacular run.
PETA president CB Garrucho takes on the role of the protagonist Prospero. Joining her on stage are Yeyin Dela Cruz (Miranda), John Moran (Caliban), Jenny Jamora (Alonsa), Meann Espinosa (Sebastiana), Renante Bustamante (Antonio), Bodjie Pascua (Gonzalo), Gabe Mercado (Gonzalo), Topper Fabregas (Master), Jack Yabut (Boatswain), and Norbs Portales (Jaime). Four Actors will be playing the role of Ariel, the spirit of the air. They are Neomi Gonzales, Gabriella Pangilinan, Gio Gahol, Ian Segarra. Three of them will simultaneously be portraying Ariel, the spirit of the air.
The Tempest Reimagined will run from November 11 to December 4, 2016. Here are the sights and sounds from the recent press conference held last October 24, 2016.
Photo Coverage by Erickson dela Cruz
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