Philippine Theater: Repertory Philippines Stages Nick Joaquin’s Portrait Of The Artist As Filipino

I received an invitation from my old friend Ana Abad Santos to attend the staging of Nick Joaquin’s A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS FILIPINO, and would excitedly love to share the invitation with everyone who browses The Philippines Funwall.

However, my posting of the invitation might be too late since the staging dates of A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS FILIPINO will only be until this Sunday, the 18th. It’s already Saturday the 17th. In any case, let me just share what Ana Abad Santos shared. Besides, it’s been a while since anything has been posted on The Philippines Funwall. I think I’m still stuck in the Christmas Holiday hangover, and thus vacationed from the Philippines Funwall for a bit. And anyway, even if it’s late news, I still think that the staging of A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS FILIPINO by Repertory Philippines is still worthwhile news. And if anything – this is my little contribution to the promotion of Philippine Theater Arts.

Anyway – here goes the invite verbatim:

Ana Abad Santos in A Portrait of the Artist As Filipino

Ana Abad Santos in A Portrait of the Artist As Filipino

Repertory Philippines’ 2009 theater season begins with Nick Joaquin’s A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS FILIPINO, a timeless classic of Philippine theatre.

Set in pre-war Manila, it tells of two spinster sisters who continue to reside in their ancestral home with their aging artist father, in spite of conflicts that arise amongst family members to abandon the old house. The complexities of human frailties are brought to light as characters interact with one another in a tightly woven interplay of emotions.

The production brings together a confluence of momentous actors to flesh out this dearly-loved work that was first staged in early 1955 by the Barangay Theatre Guild (BTG), in the open-air theatre among the ruins of Intramuros. It was Daisy Avellana who first read the play in 1952 in the Weekly Women’s Magazine, and forthwith got Joaquin’s permission to present it on radio for the first time.

Repertory’s rendition of PORTRAIT is directed by no less than Jose Mari Avellana, Daisy’s son, who is a formidable actor/director in his own right. The cast features Irma Adlawan, Ana Abad Santos, Liesl Batucan, Joel Trinidad, Randy Villarama, Jeremy Domingo, Jay Glorioso, Dido de la Paz, Jenny Jamora, Astarte Abraham, Baby Barredo, Chinggoy Alonso, Lorna Lopez, Oliver Usison, Bonggoy Manahan, Celso Ylagan, Ernie Zarate, Jejie Esguerra, and Dingdong Rosales.

Performances run from January 16 to February 8, 2009 at Onstage Greenbelt 1 Theatre, Ayala Malls Makati. Catch Nick Joaquin’s A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS FILIPINO every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:30 pm.

Call the Rep office at 887-0710 or Ticketworld at 891-9999 for ticket inquiries.


4 Responses to “Philippine Theater: Repertory Philippines Stages Nick Joaquin’s Portrait Of The Artist As Filipino”

  1. nice blog name! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Thanks for noticing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. hey! nice play! i just watched it kanina, last na ata nila yun.. ang galeng sobra… irma adlawan? whew! *praise praise*! =) Ana Abad Santos is the one who played the role of Paula? shes great too! =)


    Attention Baby Barredo:
    Just thought ot informing you of my visit to Manila by Chrsitmas this year.
    I would also like to know how the Repertory production of Portrait as directed by Mari Avellana fared, audience-wise and otherwise. I was happy reading a couple of reviews about the show.

    I certainly would like to see you Baby. I have been away for so long and I just wanted to touch base with you and the wonderful artists you have in Repertory. Remember, once upon a time I too acted in a cameo for a TV repertory production which we shot somewhere in Tagaytay?

    Yes, I do miss Bibot, my colleage back in St. Joseph’s College days.
    Please give me your phone number so that upon arrval I shall phone you.

    I have been living in California since 1986, But I visit Manila almost every other year. I was here when I brought the ashes of Mama Sarah Joaquin in 2002.

    Lete us break bread or something when I get there, Baby.
    Me puedes dar los numeros de telefono por favor. Y te llamare.

    Un fuerte abrazo, Baby.

    Tony Joaquin

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