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The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) in partnership with the British Council and Japan Foundation presents an adaptation of the Shakespeare classic The Tempest.

Written in the 1600s and thought by many critics as the last play that William Shakespeare wrote alone, The Tempest is set on a remote island where the sorcerer Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skilful manipulation—conjuring up a storm, the eponymous tempest, to lure his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King to the island.

Titled The Tempest Reimagined is a modern adaptation in Philippine context weaving together real stories from survivors of Typhoon Yolanda with the original Shakespeare text. It follows the stories of wizard-in-exile Prospero and Jaime, a native Leyteño fisherman who tells the story of a mystical storm.

Following the success of Lingap Sining, PETA’s two-year post-Yolanda efforts in Palo, Leyte, stories and interviews compiled served as inspiration for the play.

By juxtaposing it with a world classic that is as moving as eternal, The Tempest Reimagined is as much a tribute to the survivors as it is to Shakespeare, whose stories endure because of its continuing relevance to humanity.

Award-winning artists from the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Japan come together and collaborate for this visually stunning production.

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) artistic director Nona Shepphard directs the play and co-writes it in tandem with PETA artist-teacher Liza Magtoto of Rak Of Aegis and Caredivas fame. Hong Kong-based British artist Marsha Roddy designs the set and costumes.

PETA President CB Garrucho, who also leads the cast as Prospero, shares that the theater company “hopes for audiences to remove their fear of Shakespeare and discover how beautiful Shakespeare could be, especially if you bring into it an experience that’s familiar to you.”

Completing the cast are Renante Bustamante as Antonio; Yeyin Dela Cruz as Miranda; Meann Espinosa as Sebastiana; Topper Fabregas as Trinculo; Gio Gahol, Gab Pangilinan and Ian Segarra alternating as Ariel; Jenny Jamora as Alonsa; John Moran as Caliban; Bodgie Pascua and Gabe Mercado as Gonzalo; Norbs Portales as Jaime; Brian Sy as Ferdinand; and Jack Yabut as Stephano.

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KUNG AYAW MO NA SA AKIN|Sugarfree

[Director] Marie Jamora

It's time for FACEBOOK FRIDAYS!

Here are some interesting tweets from theater peeps that I downloaded this week (based on the random times that I logged on Facebook which is actually quite often)

COMMENT: True that! Mabuhay ka Jenny “BJ” or “Beautiful Jenny” Jamora. She invited me to the Theater Actor’s Guild meeting last Monday at Taumbayan and based on what I experienced, I am resolute to help it grow to be come the Equity that it ought to be someday.. Let’s do this guys! Theater peeps unite!

COMMENT: Nikki or “Bourg” Guevara is one of my closest and dearest friends in theater. She is now pursuing her dreams of becoming a Broadway star in New York - taking a two-year course in Circle in the Square (the school where Topper Fabregas studied). It’s also the theater where Spelling Bee was staged - one of my all-time favorite musicals. I miss you dearly Bourg. Can’t wait to see you in November. Let’s tear it up, New York Style. Sleep No More for sure.

COMMENT: Haha. For some reason, natawa ako sa tweet na toh. Teenee is one of the fiercest theater actresses I know. She’s always had her own thing going on. I see her randomly in Polo Club and during Kyla’s birthdays - and our families go way back. A little trivia. Teenee is actually friends with my sister Carissa and brother Ipe, and her brother Enrique was my classmate in golf camp many many years back. Her cousins Gel and Franco Chan are dear friends of mine so our destines are sort of intertwined. Though we’re not that close, she’s one of those theater actresses I admire. Pero based on this status alone, ang fierce mo Teenee!

COMMENT: Kevin wala ka nang ginawa kung hindi mag workout - which actually means inggit ako sa ‘yo. Wow, this guy really bulked up from the first time I met him. It all started in Orosman at Zafira. And since all the guys in that production were buffed, well, everyone became so pressured and took it upon themselves to build muscle and trim down. Heck, even Gabs had abs during that time. To those of you who don’t know, Kevin is the brother of Sam and Red Concepcion, and the son of Raymond Concepcion. Theater runs deep in their blood. What is, theater dynasty for $2000 Alex?

COMMENT: Oh man Nica, you lookin’ so hot! Nica Reynoso is actually one of the esteemed alumni of The Ateneo Blue Repertory. She now works at Hong Kong Disneyland but before that she did several shows with REP and was also Penny in Atlantis’ Hairspray opposite Madel who played Tracy Turnblad. She was also the Gussie to my Joe Josephson in our workshop production of Merrily We Roll Along, directed by Robbie Guevara. Gussie is the one who cheats on Joe with Frank Sheppard. Kahit trinaydor mo ako Gussie, mahal pa rin pita. At bakit ang seksi mo? Lahat nalang kayo pumapayat. Leche! 'Di ako papatalo!