The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) will present Makbet, a Filipino version of the Shakespeare classic as translated by Rolando Tinio, for a limited run during selected dates in March 2017.
Nonon Padilla, recipient of the Philstage Gawad Buhay for lifetime achievement in theater and founder of Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Pilipino, directs the play.
Palanca awardee and playwright for Linggo ng Palaspas and Virgin Labfest entry, Kapit, George De Jesus III plays Macbeth, and Gawad Buhay recipient for Outstanding Lead Female Performance in Mga Buhay na Apoy, and Metro Manila Film Festival 2016 Best Actress Irma Adlawan are playing Lady Macbeth alternately. Andrew Cruz is Lord Macduff.
DLS-CSB President Brother Dennis Magbanua FSC, in his first-ever acting role, will star as the father figure King Duncan.
“The central issue in Shakespeare’s Macbeth is one of royal succession. Shakespeare chose to focus on the story of a Scottish King during the recent ascension of King James of Scotland to the British throne upon the death of Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry the Eighth.” Padilla shares.
Superficially, Macbeth may be about serial murders and the obsessions with bloodlines. But the central drama of Macbeth is the murder of the soul.” he adds.
Makbet premieres on March 22, and will run on March 23 and 24, 29 to April 1.
Tickets are priced at P500 each and can be purchased at TicketWorld, or from Patricia Bautista at 0917-842 5013.
The Black Box Theater is located on the Sixth Floor, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts, 950 Pablo Ocampo Street, Malate, Manila.