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Gabs Santos plays lead in Egg Theater's "The Pillowman." CONTRIBUTED IMAGE

Storytelling as basic instinct


Gabs Santos plays lead in Egg Theater's "The Pillowman." CONTRIBUTED IMAGE
Gabs Santos plays lead in Egg Theater’s “The Pillowman.” CONTRIBUTED IMAGE


After the brief festival run of its productions, “Maniacal” (Fringe Manila 2015) and “Schism” (Fringe Manila 2016), Egg Theater Company presents its first full-run production with a Filipino Translation of Martin McDonagh’s “The Pillowman.”


Winner of the 2004 Olivier Award for Best Play and Tony-Nominated in 2005 for Best Play, “The Pillowman” is about a writer in an unidentified totalitarian state being interrogated about his gruesome and macabre short stories that has inspired a series of child murders.


“The Pillowman” is a dark comedy that boldly exhibits the riveting power of narrative and how storytelling and invention of fantastical tales is a basic human instinct.


With the coming elections and the incessant specter of dictatorships and martial law, this production resonates with its exploration of the fine line between the freedom of an individual to tell a story and its impact on the security of society.


Palanca awardee and Egg Theater Company co-founder, George de Jesus III in translating and directing “The Pillowman,” remarks, “In examining the dark side of imagination and creativity, the play probes into how stories are created, the motivation that drives a writer to tell a story and the responsibility of a writer on the impact of what he has written.


Put that against a totalitarian-state setting and we get a play that are by turns disturbingly funny and emotionally shocking. Given that the play is set in an unnamed totalitarian state, translating it into Filipino affords us not only in making it somehow familiar but it also further fuels the idea of it possibly becoming real.”


Paolo O'Hara in "The Pillowman"


Egg Theater Company co-founder and producer de Jesus adds, “But beyond being political, ‘The Pillowman’ will make us take stock on the power of words and how it can affect other people. There’s a line by Katurian that says, ‘It’s not about being or not being dead, it’s about what you leave behind.’ I think it’s something that will resonate to anyone in the creative field and it’s what we want to accomplish with Egg Theater Company, to create Filipino productions that will linger in the minds of our audience.”


Co-presented by Pineapple Lab, “The Pillowman” features Gabs Santos as Katurian, Paolo O’Hara and Paul Jake Paule as Michal, Renante Bustamante as Tupolski and Acey Aguilar as Ariel.


The production will also feature original music and animated graphics by Joee Mejias.


The play will run from April 8-10 and 22-24, 2016, at 8 p.m. in Pineapple Lab, 6071 R. Palma Street, Poblacion, Makati City.


For tickets and inquiries, visit Egg Theater Company’s FB Page or contact 0917-844-0520. TVJ


The fabulous Renante Bustamante acts again in Egg Theater's "The Pillowman". CONTRIBUTED IMAGE
The fabulous Renante Bustamante (left) acts again in Egg Theater’s “The Pillowman”. Shown also is Gabs Santos (seated) in a scene during the rehearsal. CONTRIBUTED IMAGE

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