Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Duchess of Malfi begins its run at Dulaang UP on September 11




This September, Dulaang UP continues its tradition of bringing world classics to the Filipino audience through the first major Philippine production of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi. 

Dark and visceral, The Duchess of Malfi is widely held as the greatest of Webster’s works and the most gripping of the Jacobean tragedies. It has been mesmerizing and shocking audiences since it was first staged 400 years ago in 1613. 

The Duchess of Malfi is renowned for producing what could probably be theatre’s most compelling female protagonist and two of its most twisted villains.

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THE STORY OF THE DUCHESS OF MALFI

The play follows the story of a recently widowed duchess as she decides to go against her scheming brothers by secretly marrying her personal steward.

The discovery of her deception engulfs everyone in a tumultuous and maddening whirlpool of envy, incest, greed, destruction, and death.

The characters’ struggle for and against their desires forces us to ask ourselves, “How far will we go for pleasure?” 

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ALL STAR CAST
AND A FILIPINO SCRIPT

DUP’s production also features Ang Dukesa ng Malfi as translated into Filipino by Palanca awardee Allan Palileo. The play is adapted and directed by theater icon and DUP Founding Artistic Director Tony Mabesa, well known for his staging of world and Filipino classics.

Meanwhile, New York-based Obie award winner Clint Ramos and Eric Pineda collaborate for the set and costume design respectively; while choreography is by Peter Alcedo, Jr., lights design by Meliton Roxas, Jr., and sound design by Jethro Joaquin.

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THEATER HEAVYWEIGHTS

The cast is headlined by some of theater’s biggest stars and supported by some of its most promising actors.

Banaue Miclat, Liza Dino, and Adriana Agcaoili alternate as the defiant Duchess.

Richard Cunanan, Neil Ryan Sese, and George de Jesus take turns playing the twisted Bosola.

The Duchess’ malevolent twin brother, Ferdinand, is given life by Jacques Borlaza and Allan Palileo.

The corrupt Cardinal is played by Menggie Cobarrubias and Brian Tibayan.

The production also stars Carlo Tarobal, Dax Alejandro, Issa Litton, Ces Aldaba, and the Dulaang UP ensemble. 


The Duchess of Malfi/Ang Dukesa ng Malfi 
September 11- 29, 2013 
Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater
Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman 

For ticket inquiries, please contact the Dulaang UP Office 
Tel 926-1349, 981-8500 local 2449 or 433-7840 
Camille Guevarra or Samanta Clarin






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