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Rody Vera is on a roll

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WRITING for the theater is never final, says the prolific Rody Vera. “It will only be final if I abandon the work, to paraphrase Joseph Conrad.”

Rody Vera is everywhere, and there is no way you can miss him. Just this year, he adapted the Bicolano epic “Ibalong” into a thundering dance-musical for Tanghalang Pilipino; he wrote the libretto for the Ninoy and Cory Aquino tribute musical “Pamana” for the Philippine Educational Theater Association; he transposed Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” into a bittersweet reverie for the bygone studio system of Philippine movies in Peta’s “D’Wonder Twins of Boac”; and, most recently, along with Tuxqs Rutaquio, he fleshed out new ways of looking at the Bard’s “The Merchant of Venice” with a bold reimagining, now called “Der Kaufmann/Ang Negosyante ng Venecia” (the show has remaining performances at CCP’s Little Theater on Saturday, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, 3 p.m.).

Posted: October 12th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Ibalong’—the Bicolano epic as spectacle

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IN REHEARSAL, Handyong (Remus Villanueva) girds for battle. PHOTO BY AMADÍS MA. GUERRERO

The epic of Bicolandia, “Ibalong,” is a mélange of fantastic stories with three heroes—Baltog, Handyong and Bantong—who got to battle against the elements, one-eyed monsters, giant flying sharks, crocodiles as big as boats, and other such fearful creatures.

Posted: January 5th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

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