Roeder Camañag as Simoun. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Gantimpala Theater
Roeder Camañag reprises role of Don Simoun in ‘El Filibusterismo’
INQUIRER.net / 05:59 AM November 08, 2014
MANILA, Philippines—Fresh from his critically-acclaimed performance as the sublime paralytic in “Ang Huling Lagda ni Apolinario Mabini,” Roeder Camañag shall once again reprise his role in Gantimapala Theater’s “El Filibusterismo”.
“El Filibusterismo”—the novel of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal written by noted playwright Jomar Fleras narrates the return of the protagonist of “Noli Me Tangere,” Crisostomo Ibarra, under the guise of the wealthy jeweler named Don Simoun.
The role is being essayed by multi-talented actor Roeder Camañag who is stepping into this role for the 7th time for Gantimpala Theater Foundation. His foray as Don Simoun started in 1998 and then again in 2005, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Indeed, Roeder’s celebration of his 27th year as an artist in the entertainment and theater industry is being etched with very significant roles in the legitimate stage. He also won the 2013 Aliw Awards for Best Actor (Musical) for “Stageshow” under Tanghalang Pilipino.
“El Filibusterismo,” whose alternate title is “The Reign of Greed,” is a very dark novel, it was set in a dark time, written during the dark days of the Spanish tyranny, the themes progression is wheeled by an unseen dark force, a force that is so powerful that it controls even the characters trivial actions and choices that often lead to nothing but tragic endings. This unseen and destructive force is greed,” said director Jose Jeffrey Camañag.
“It is the intention of this production to reconstruct the face of greed as painted by the great Jose Rizal in this novel and to resonate Rizal’s definition of greed as the key evil that chains and enslaves the mind, heart and soul of a society away from the real path toward genuine freedom,” Camañag continues.
“Through creative staging, powerful visuals, clear storytelling and moving music, we hope to usher and challenge the audience especially the students who will be watching this show as an aid to their curriculum, to look beyond the entertaining value of our production and try to listen to the remarkable messages embedded in Don Simoun’s confessions to Padre Florentino,” states Camañag.
The artistic team includes Joel Lamangan (Artistic Director), Jose Jeffrey Camanag (Director), Andy Villareal (Lighting Director), Joey de Guzman (Set Designer), Pauwie Garcia (Production Manager), and Kate Butch Weaver (Stage Manager).
November 14 & 15 – AFP Theater 9 a.m./12nn
November 21 & 22 – STAR Theater 9 a.m./12nn
November 28 – SM Southmall Cinema 3 11 a.m./2p.m.
For tickets, call Gantimpala Theater at 998-5622 or 872-0261.