PETA’s Arbol de Fuego takes Anton Chekov’s Masterpiece to Negros
Chekov meets PETA
(SPOT.ph) During the preview reading of Arbol de Fuego on January 8, we were caught off guard-just slightly-by the humor in the translation. We really shouldn’t have expected anything else from this theater company. Anton Chekov meets PETA.
Arbol de Fuego will open on February 20, headlined by Cherie Gil as the owner of Hacienda Carmen. Alongside her are Anna Luna, Angeli Bayani, Jake Macapagal, Raffy Tejada, Riki Benedicto, Leo Rialp, Kiki Baento, Lao Rodriguez, Divine Aucina, Bembol Roco, Anthony Falcon, and Ginie Onida. It’s a powerful cast, but that much is needed to fuel the vision behind Rody Vera’s translation, which took five years to complete. Greatness takes a bit of pickling and we’re looking forward to getting a taste.
Under the direction of Loy Arcenas, we are transported from Russia to Negros during Martial Law. Vera and Arcenas wanted to set it earlier-perhaps the ’30s or ’40s-for aesthetic purposes. But the script, for their purposes, could only be done in the ’70s.
Lyubov Andreievna Ranevskaya became Enriquietta Jardeleza-Sofronio (Gil) and they decided to highlight the farcical nature of Chekov’s play. We’re going to be watching people making mistakes and ruining their lives. Sounds...fun. According to Gil, who will finally be making her PETA debut, we will also be watching strong women on stage. The kind of women that "are not on TV." We’ll see what she means come opening night.