Shakespeare’s ‘Measure for measure’ opens DUP’s 39th season
INQUIRER.net / 11:59 PM July 24, 2014
MANILA, Philippines—One of William Shakespeare’s best-known plays, “Measure for Measure”, opens Dulaang UP’s 39th season and celebrates Shakespeare’s 450th birth anniversary.
This staging also features Ron Capinding’s Filipino adaptation “Hakbang sa Hakbang”, and is under the direction of Alexander Cortez who is known for his deft handling of Shakespearean plays (DUP’s “Macbeth” and “Richard III”).
What constitutes justice? Morality? Love? Power? Forgiveness? In “Measure for Measure,” one is invited to examine these themes against a backdrop of a city that is in a steady moral decline—a most fitting juxtaposition with our country’s current socio-political milieu.
“The Duke of Vienna” investigates the increasing decadence of his dukedom as a friar in disguise. He hands over control of his government to his deputy Angelo, but this proves to be a fatal move as Angelo’s fanatical adherence to the law is laced with hypocrisy.
Claudio, a young nobleman, is condemned to death for premarital relations with a woman to whom he is affianced. His fate now lies in the hands of his virtuous sister, Isabella, who must choose between her brother’s life or her own.
Unapologetically vicious and at times achingly tender, “Measure for Measure/ Hakbang sa Hakbang” offers a lens through which we try to understand the thin and confusing line separating good from evil, love from lust, piety from self-righteousness. The play itself defies categorization as it hovers between tragedy and comedy.
Director Cortez takes on this daunting task of mounting a Shakespearean play as his works are known for their complexities and their many underlying motives, themes, and subplots. The production boasts of a formidable and talented artistic staff: Gino Gonzales (costumes and accessories), Faust Peneyra (set design), Meliton Roxas, Jr. (technical direction and lights), Jethro Joaquin (sound and music design), Winter David (video), Dr. Judy Ick (dramaturgy), and Erika Estacio (assistant direction).
“Measure for Measure/ Hakbang sa Hakbang” runs from August 20 to September 7, 2014 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2nd floor Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman. For tickets, sponsorships and show buying inquiries, call Samanta Hannah Clarin or Camille Guevara 926-1349, 433-7840, 981-8500 local 2449 or email [email protected].