Eula Valdes is Blanche Dubois in Filipino version of A Streetcar named Desire

Ana Abad Santos (left) topbills A Streetcar Named Desire while the Tagalog version titled Flores Para Los Muertos is topbilled by Eula Valdes (right). CLICK HERE to buy show tickets.

Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play, A Streetcar Named Desire, is Tanghalang Pilipino'sthird offering for its 23rd theater season that celebrates "Women ofSubstance." It has been translated by Orlando Nadres into Filipino as Flores Para Los Muertos.

Perhaps his greatest masterpiece, the play is Williams'classic piece on the relationships of people, life and death, thedangerous conflict between reality and fantasy and the desire for humancontact. It paints the staunch character ofBlanche Dubois, whose complicated psychological makeup as she confrontsreality is a sure challenge to any substantial actress.

Blanche Dubois, the maincharacter says, "I don't want realism; I want magic." Blanche'sdeception of others and herself is not from malicious intent, butrather from a heart and spirit broken by adversity and forced toretreat to a kinder, purer time that no longer exists.

TV, film and stage director Floy Quintos directs the castwhich includes Ana Abad Santos, Mailes Kanapi, Reuben Uy and PaoloO'Hara in the English version and Eula Valdes, Meryll Soriano, NeilRyan Sese and Jonathan Tadioan in the Filipino version. Also includedin the cast of A Streetcar Named Desire / Flores Para Los Muertosare Marjorie Lorico, Paolo Cabañero, Jerald Napoles, Tara Cabaero, AceyAguilar, Rocky Salumbides, William Manazano and Jo-Ann Requiestas.

Eula recalls the first time that she heard about doing this play."When Tata Nanding, vice-president of CCP's Tanghalang Pilipino, asked me to do A Streetcar Named Desire last April 27, I immediately said yes without knowing the weight of the role.

"Napanood ko na ‘yun, matagal na, pero iba kapag binasa mo na at ikaw na ang gagawa.

"Nakakalokasiya! So far, ito ang pinakamahirap na role na gagawin ko. Kaya takotakong tumanggap ng regular shows dahil baka makulangan ako ng strengthna magtrabaho, e maging half-baked ang performance ko sa show, if ever.

"At sa play, ang daming linya pati, kaloka! Basta sana magawa ko ng tama at maganda. Kapag nagawa ko, makakahinga na ako nang maluwag. Sana ay kayanin ng powers ko!"

The playdates of the Filipino version where Eula stars as Blanche Dubois will be on October 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25.

Forticket inquiries and reservations, call Tanghalang Pilipino at832-3661 and 832-1125 local 1620/1621. Look for Paolo or Lorelei.Tickets are also available in any Ticketworld outlet (Tel. No. 891-9999) and atthe CCP Box Office (Tel. No. 832-3704).

Address: CCP Little Theater, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City


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