‘Far Away’ Staged Reading to Run this January
After Mad Child Productions’ debut production, Ang Kudegra ng Dalawang Bakla, a staged reading adaptation inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado, the company is set to stage another staged reading this January.
In a world where nothing and no one can be trusted, where everything, even nature is at war, do you think anyone is on your side?
Mad Child Productions kicks off the year with Far Away, written by Caryl Churchill and directed by Giancarlo Abrahan, the director of the film Sila-sila and screenwriter of the film I’m Drunk, I Love You. Churchill’s Far Away begins when young Joan can’t sleep and instead asks questions about what she just witnessed outside her Aunt Harper’s house. Years later, Joan is seen working in a hat factory alongside her co-worker, Todd, as both begin to question the oppressive environment of their workplace. Eventually, in an apocalyptic near future, Harper, Todd, and Joan are caught in the middle of a war that does not only involve nations but also every element in nature.
Far Away, featuring the performances of Meryll Soriano, Francesca Dela Cruz, and Zoë de Ocampo, will be staged on January 25 (Thursday), 26 (Friday), and 28 (Sunday), starting at 8:00 PM and will run for approximately one hour. Each ticket is priced at P550, inclusive of a 200-peso consumable voucher for any food and beverage at Gener Cafe on the show date. Audiences are welcome to stay until the cafe closes at 2:00 AM.
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Apart from the announcement of their first production of the year, the company has also unveiled its full lineup for 2024, which includes two original scripts, a devised piece, and an actor-sourced play.
Following Far Away, the company will present a twin bill production, featuring Ymo Escruel’s Bakunawa and the Moon and Isa Darang’s Pangako/Pananagutan, whose themes revolve around embracing dreams and conquering fears. Bakunawa and the Moon sheds light on the human experience of growing up, following the internal struggle of a boy as they come face-to-face with their childhood monsters. Meanwhile, Pangako/Pananagutan focuses on a couple trapped in a time-loop, contemplating their readiness to have a baby. Both readings will be directed by Robert Bradly Hao. The twin bill will be mounted in June.
Next on the line-up is a devised performance adapted from the poems of Sappho in September, which will be written by Mikaela Regis and directed by Kat Batara. The production is set to be led by an all-woman team, from artistic team to the cast to the production staff.
To conclude the season, Mad Child Productions will be staging its first full production in December with Harmonic Tremors, a play about Mount Pinatubo, written and directed by Palanca-award winner Guelan Varela-Luarca.
More details about the line-up will be announced soon.