Twin Bill Theater Raises Mental Health Awareness in Suicide Incorporated
UPDATE: Suicide Inc. comes back for a one-day run this January 15, 2pm at the Maybank Theater!
You can buy tickets here.
How can a theater company help raise mental health awareness by staging a play that tackles the theme of depression, suicidal tendencies and suicide itself?
Catch Twin Bill Theater’s eye-opening production aimed to shed light and raise awareness on mental health issues to its audiences in “Suicide Incorporated”— a 2010 tragicomedy by brilliant Off- Broadway playwright Andrew Hinderaker.
Imagine a world where a company that edits suicide notes exists. Now imagine being part of that company. Suicide Incorporated centers around a company that makes money by drafting suicide notes. The business is Hallmark gone Wall Street, turning a profit by bullishly pushing its clients to perform the unspeakable. The CEO speaks, in an advertiser’s tongue, about cornering the market by targeting those suicide victims least likely to leave notes: Men. It turns out all these men are emotional mice when it comes to discussing matters of the self.
Suicide Incorporated will be directed by Steven Conde.
Six topnotch actors coming from different theater backgrounds have bonded together to essay the pivotal roles in this dark comedy exploring the perils of depression, coping with loss, guilt and redemption.
HANS ECKSTEIN shall play the role of Jason, the newest hire of Legacy Letters, a company that prides itself in doing just that. He has an impressive back catalog of birthday cards.
JEREMY DOMINGO plays Scott, the CEO and owner of Legacy Letters.
BIBO REYES plays the role of Tommy, Jason’s younger brother who, much like Jason, has some secrets of his own.
MAKO ALONSO and GEORGE SCHULZE shall alternately play the role of Norm, Jason’s first client.
CHINO VEGUILLAS shall play the role of Perry, Scott’s ever loyal employee and the office kiss-ass.
Produced by Twin Bill Theater, the company aims to produce shows that explore and challenge issues faced by today’s society. As its first official play for their first season, the founders led by theater professionals Joseph and Francis Matheu also noted that their goals are also focused on stirring up the public’s interest to rediscover, love and preserve our historical, cultural and spiritual values through theater; and to make quality, thought-provoking productions more accessible to the non-theater going public.
Artistic and Production Team
The artistic team of “Suicide Incoporated” are as follows: Steven Conde (Director), Ed Lacson (Set Design), Jay Pangilinan (Sound Design), and Joseph Matheu (Lighting Design).
The production team includes: Francis Matheu (Production Manager), Leoren Violan (Stage Manager and Graphic Design), Toots Tolentino (Publicity), Juliene Mendoza (Photography), and Kathleen Francisco (Marketing).
The playdates of “Suicide Incorporated” are as follows:
JULY 15 – FRI – 8 PM
JULY 16 – SAT – 8 PM
JULY 17 – SUN – 3 PM
JULY 22 – FRI – 8 PM
JULY 23 – SAT – 8 PM
JULY 24 – SUN – 3 PM
JULY 29 – FRI — 8 PM
JULY 30 – SAT — 3 PM / 8 PM
JULY 31 – SUN — 3 PM
Venue: The P.A.R.C (Performing Arts and Recreation Center) 494 Lt. Artiaga Street, San Juan
Advisory: Recommended for ages 15+ due to strong language, and sexual references.
Running time: 1 hour and 20 minutes with no intermission
For tickets: https://goo.gl/bwsLkF, 0927-460-4652, or 0916-775-9374
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