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

by Rommel R. Llanes
Oct 13, 2009
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's third offering for its 23rd theater season that celebrates "Women of Substance." 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, the dangerous conflict between reality and fantasy and the desire for human contact. It paints the staunch character of Blanche Dubois, whose complicated psychological makeup as she confronts reality is a sure challenge to any substantial actress.

Blanche Dubois, the main character says, "I don't want realism; I want magic." Blanche's deception of others and herself is not from malicious intent, but rather from a heart and spirit broken by adversity and forced to retreat to a kinder, purer time that no longer exists.

TV, film and stage director Floy Quintos directs the cast which includes Ana Abad Santos, Mailes Kanapi, Reuben Uy and Paolo O'Hara in the English version and Eula Valdes, Meryll Soriano, Neil Ryan Sese and Jonathan Tadioan in the Filipino version. Also included in the cast of A Streetcar Named Desire / Flores Para Los Muertos are Marjorie Lorico, Paolo Cabañero, Jerald Napoles, Tara Cabaero, Acey Aguilar, 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.

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

"Nakakaloka siya! So far, ito ang pinakamahirap na role na gagawin ko. Kaya takot akong tumanggap ng regular shows dahil baka makulangan ako ng strength na 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.

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

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

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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.
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