THE LOSS OF REASON IN A SPECTACLE OF VIOLENCE:
De La Salle-College of St. Benilde School for Design & Arts stages
the Filipino Translation of Shakespeare’s TITUS ANDRONICUS
Opening this coming August 3 and running until August 5 is a presentation of William Shakespeare’s TITUS ANDRONICUS. It is the thesis production of AB-Production Design and AB-Technical Theater program of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design & Arts (SDA) directed and translated by Palanca awardee George De Jesus III.
First performed in the winter of 1594, TITUS ANDRONICUS is considered to be Shakespeare’s bloodiest and most violent work marked by a number of beheadings, a disembowelment, rape, dismemberment, murders, and cannibalism. Set during the latter days of the Roman Empire, the play tells the fictional story of Titus, a general in the Roman army, who is engaged in a cycle of revenge with Tamora, Queen of the Goths.
Translated into Filipino, this staging of Titus Andronicus adheres to the visual styles and designs of the period when the Roman Empire is at its ebb. Although judged as Shakespeare’s most maligned play, the brutality and violence in Titus Andronicus conceals a deep understanding of human nature. The cycle of revenge and retribution is interpreted as the loss of reason and the decay of rationality that engenders a spectacle of violence plundering what makes a human being human. It is a truth that this production regards as relevant to this day.
Featuring theater stalwarts KALILA AGUILOS, DAX ALEJANDRO, JOSHUA DEOCAREZA, NAR CABICO, G.A. FALLARME, DERRICK GOZOS, GWYN GUANZON, RUSSELL LEGASPI, MARA MARASIGAN, JIHAD MARIANO, PAOLO O’HARA, CHRISTIAN PARADO, PAUL JAKE PAULE, GAB SANTOS, and JOEL SARCHO as Titus Andronicus, the play will be shown at the SDA Theater at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design & Arts along Vito Cruz, Manila. Performance Dates are August 3, 4, and 5, 2011 with 1:00 and7:00 PM shows. Ticket prices are at PHP 150, 300, and 350.
See y’all CSB guys!