The Bard holds court at the University of the Philippines-Diliman this December with the first University of the Philippines International Shakespeare Conference, a two-day conference on Shakespeare in Asia that engages Shakespearean pedagogy, publication, translation, adaptation and theatrical histories in various Asian regions.
By Walter Ang
Pardon the language, but there is no other way to describe Tanghalang Pilipino’s staging of “Der Kaufmann: Ang Negosyante ng Venecia” except to say it is a complete mindf**k.
Shakespeare’s Globe theater is about to take the Bard’s words literally — “All the world’s a stage.”
My Chair RocksBy Conchita C. Razon
Who was it that ‘walked on,’ stayed briefly and left an indelible mark in your heart? When I was a little girl, I spent much time in rehearsal halls and backstage at the Metropolitan Theater with my mother. I could hum the overture of “La Boheme” and whistle the violin parts for “La Traviata.”
By Angelica Y. Yang
How could one place in this world seem to have everything, from classical to pop culture, for just about everyone, from tweens to the young at heart?
By Amadís Ma. Guerrero
England’s Poet Laureate John Masefield once called “Twelfth Night” “the happiest and one of the loveliest of all Shakespeare’s plays. Mirth here is so mingled with romantic beauty that few can tire of it.”
By Leloi Arcete
Cris Villonco’s acting credentials are impressive for someone of her age. Barely 30 and this young woman has two Philstage Gawad Buhay! Best Actress Awards under her belt, and has had more than 30 productions with some of the leading Filipino theater companies.
After dominating the recent Philstage Gawad Buhay awards, the Philippine Education Theater Association (PETA) is bringing back the award-winning Shakespeare rap musical “William” for a special show at the Cultural Center of the Philippines this September 28.
By Jaime Ong
Book review: ‘James Shapiro’s Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?’ The 2012 Olympics opening was inspired by Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” The ongoing World Shakespeare Festival, which runs in the UK until November, is the biggest celebration of the Bard ever staged, featuring 70 shows in 37 languages, including “King Lear” in Belarusian, “Hamlet” in Lithuanian, and “Troilus and Cressida” in Maori. There are 319 Shakespeare theaters and centers all over the world. The man’s works are more revered and acclaimed than ever.
By Karmel Lara
The Philippine Educational Theater Association (Peta) has emerged as the biggest winner the 2011 Philstage Gawad Buhay awards, bringing home a total of thirteen wins for two of its box office hits: “Care Divas” a comedy-drama about five Filipino transvestite caregivers in Israel who moonlight as glamorous entertainers, and the musical “William”, which familiarizes young people with the beauty of Shakespeare’s works through rap and hip-hop.
By Elmer A. Ordoñez
At UP High in Padre Faura, after the war, we read Shakespeare, notably Hamlet, which, like all the bard’s plays, teems with memorable passages like the soliloquies and lines from the dialogue, as when Hamlet tells his stoic friend, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” This, after the ghost scene.