September is a special time for Gantimpala Theater as itcelebrates its 30th theater season via the Pearl Theater Festival.
Four plays hailing from its Bulwagang-Gantimpala days andwinners of the annual CulturalCenter of the Philippines Playwriting Contest are being revived to underscorethe contribution of the theater company to the development of Philippinedramaturgy in the past three decades. They are considered milestone productionsin 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 RamonaReyes ng Forbes Park (second prize 1976), written by the lateBienvinido Noriega Jr.
This classic drama gives us a glimpse on the life of a womanbound to become one of country's bagong bayani—the overseas Filipino worker.
The life of a simple house cleaner is depicted onstage asthe audience members become witnesses to her dilemma. Ramonais torn between staying with the man she dearly loves or following her dream ofworking abroad to secure her future.
"I'm not updating the script so period play siya," explainsJake de Asis, the director of this play set in the ‘80s. "Hindi na tugma angpaksa sa panahon natin ngayon kaya hindi ko siya binago." Upon the suggestionof the National Parks Development Committee, he added songs and productionnumbers to the play in order to entice the viewers who will watch thisproduction.
Kathy Arguelles plays the house cleaner RamonaReyes. She will be joined by fellow thespians Arkin Da Silva, Kimberly Diaz,Sharlene Rivera, and Bodjie Pascua.
Ramona Reyes ng Forbes Parkis slated this Sunday, September 9, 7:00 p.m., at the Concert at the Park OpenAir Auditorium in Luneta, Manila.
For more details about Gantimpala Theater's PearlFestival, please call 528-0603 or 536-5860 or write to email@example.com