September is a special time for Gantimpala Theater as it celebrates its 30th theater season via the Pearl Theater Festival.
Four plays hailing from its Bulwagang-Gantimpala days and winners of the annual Cultural Center of the Philippines Playwriting Contest are being revived to underscore the contribution of the theater company to the development of Philippine dramaturgy in the past three decades. They are considered milestone productions in the ten years of Gantimpala as the resident theater group of the CCP.
After staging the historical play Bonifacio Ilagan's Katipunan, Mga Anak ng Bayan, comes Ramona Reyes ng Forbes Park (second prize 1976), written by the late Bienvinido Noriega Jr.
This classic drama gives us a glimpse on the life of a woman bound to become one of country's bagong bayani—the overseas Filipino worker.
The life of a simple house cleaner is depicted onstage as the audience members become witnesses to her dilemma. Ramona is torn between staying with the man she dearly loves or following her dream of working abroad to secure her future.
"I'm not updating the script so period play siya," explains Jake de Asis, the director of this play set in the ‘80s. "Hindi na tugma ang paksa sa panahon natin ngayon kaya hindi ko siya binago." Upon the suggestion of the National Parks Development Committee, he added songs and production numbers to the play in order to entice the viewers who will watch this production.
Kathy Arguelles plays the house cleaner Ramona Reyes. She will be joined by fellow thespians Arkin Da Silva, Kimberly Diaz, Sharlene Rivera, and Bodjie Pascua.
Ramona Reyes ng Forbes Park is slated this Sunday, September 9, 7:00 p.m., at the Concert at the Park Open Air Auditorium in Luneta, Manila.
For more details about Gantimpala Theater's Pearl Festival, please call 528-0603 or 536-5860 or write to email@example.com