(SPOT.ph) When The Kundiman Party opened at the University of the Philippines in 2018, we thought we saw the last of esteemed playwright Floy Quintos. He did say, after all, that it was his swan song during the press preview of the acclaimed play, which is getting a limited rerun this May. But for Pride Month, Quintos is restaging Laro, which explores the search for happiness and true love within Manila's gay community. It runs from June 1 to 2 and June 8 to 9 with only eight shows at Arts Above in Quezon City.
Laro, which was first produced by now-defunct Theater Now! in 2004, is an adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde. It tells the story of 10 male characters who encounter one another at some point in their lives, creating 10 vignettes about sex, love, heartbreak. Like the Schnitzler original, Quintos' Laro offers social commentary on how love transgresses class—and in this case, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.
Miguel Castro, who was part of the 2004 cast, also wrote additional material when it was first staged 15 years ago. John Mark Yap takes over the director's chair. André Miguel plays the role of the Call Boy, Paul Jake Paule plays the role of the Pulis, and Phi Palmos plays the role of the Drag Queen. Gio Gahol and Mike Liwag alternate for the role of the Manggagamit, while MC Dela Cruz portrays the role of the Kalaguyo. Al Gatmaitan and Victor Sy alternate for the role of the Ideal, Ross Pesigan plays the role of the Estudyante, while Jon Abella and Vincent Pajara alternate for the role of the Manunulat. Jonathan Ivan Rivera and Jay Gonzaga alternate for the role of the Modelo, and Vincent A. De Jesus portrays the role of the Pilantropo.
Laro runs from June 1 to 9 at Arts Above, 112 West Avenue, Quezon City. Tickets, priced at P600, are available through Ticket2Me.