(SPOT.ph) William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, a comedy written in the 1590s, is widely performed across the world and is the subject of many literary, musical, TV, and movie adaptations. It is also one of the great poet's most controversial works as it portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons.
This September, Tanghalang Pilipino, the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, presents the Filipino adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute. Pangarap sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-Araw, a 1982 translation by esteemed writer Rolando S. Tinio, is directed by Carlitos Siguion-Reyna. It stars Audie Gemora, Liesl Batucan, Jackie Lou Blanco, Sky Labastilla, Teroy Guzman, and Rafa Siguion-Reyna.
The unique version highlights the juxtaposition of two worlds—the glorious Athens and the enchanting forest. The comparison also brings out the rigidity in the home of the gods and the freedom and unbridled passions in the home of the mystical creatures. “Watch Pangarap and experience virtual love, rejection, and emotional transformation as a good human being”, says Nanding Josef, Artistic Director of the local theater group.
Pangarap sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-Araw runs from September 30 to October 2, October 7 to 9, and October 14 to 16 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute (CCP Studio Theater), Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. Tickets are priced at P1,000 and P1,200. Tickets are available at the CCP Box Office. For more information, visit Tanghalang Pilipino's Facebook page.