Close  
  • share this

Meet Rep’s ‘Agnes of God’ and her ‘two boyfriends’

19-year-old Rebecca Coates headlines the intriguing play of science vs faith, along with Pinky Amador and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo
/ 01:21 AM February 11, 2017
Rebecca Coates as Agnes in Repertory Philippines’ “Agnes  of God,” opening Feb. 17, directed by Bart Guingona  —Photo courtesy of Repertory Philippines

Rebecca Coates as Agnes in Repertory Philippines’ “Agnes of God,” opening Feb. 17, directed by Bart Guingona —Photo courtesy of Repertory Philippines

Repertory Philippines’ second production for its 50th anniversary is John Pielmeier’s “Agnes of God,” a play it had first staged in 1983 with Pinky Amador as Agnes, and Rep cofounders Zeneida “Bibot” Amador as the mother superior and Baby Barredo as the psychiatrist.

In “Agnes of God,” an atheist psychiatrist (to be played this time by Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo) clashes with the mother superior of a convent where a novice nun, Agnes, has gotten pregnant and given birth, with absolutely no recollection of how it had happened. Was it a virgin conception, as the mother superior believes, or is there a more rational explanation?

ADVERTISEMENT

‘Shocking’ audition

Pinky, who won the Aliw Award for Best Actress 34 years ago as Agnes, is now playing the mother superior.

FEATURED STORIES

Rebecca Coates, 19, has been cast as Agnes.

When she found out who she’d be acting with, “I came the closest thing there could be to a human explosion,” said Coates. “I was so excited. But it’s also very intimidating to work with your idols.”

But, after meeting the two veteran actresses, Coates discovered that “their incredible talent and experience come with equal amounts of kindness. They’re so accommodating and fun. I know I’ll learn tons just being in the same room.”

Coates debuted professionally in Resorts World Manila’s “The Sound of Music” and has been in Rep’s “Alice in Wonderland,” “Snow White” and “The Secret Garden.” Inquirer theater reviewer Vincen Yu praised her work as the alternate Dani in The Sandbox Collective’s “Dani Girl” as “wondrous.”

She shocked her mother when she auditioned for “Agnes.” Coates had to send in an audition video as she was abroad at the time. “I chose the part where there’s a lot of screaming and my mom rushed in freaking out!”

When she found out who she’d be acting with, “I came the closest thing there could be to a human explosion.”

When she found out who she’d be acting with, “I came the closest thing there could be to a human explosion.”

Mental health student

A freshman taking up Speech and Language Pathology at De La Salle Health Sciences Institute, Coates said her classes have helped her understand the mental health aspects of her character.

ADVERTISEMENT

“My path in college is all about research, research, research. As rehabilitation professionals, we’re also required to observe the behavior of others to the point of understanding them fully. We’re taught that it’s important to be empathetic above anything else—a trait shared by actors.”

“Agnes is the deepest, most multilayered character I’ve yet encountered. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the incredible script. It’s going to be a fun challenge landing on the truth of it all,” she added.

Coates considers school and theater her “two boyfriends, always vying for my attention.

“One minute I’m applying makeup, performing and getting flowers. Next, I’m at an HIV seminar, or a truck of cadavers is blocking my way to class. I love the contrast. It keeps things really interesting.”—CONTRIBUTED  INQ

Repertory Philippines’ “Agnes of God” runs Feb. 17-March 12, Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1 Mall, Makati.

Visit Ticketworld.com.ph or www.facebook.com/RepertoryPhilippines.

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: ” Philippine Theater, Agnes of God, Baby Barredo, Bibot Amador, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Pinky Amador, Rebecca Coates, Repertory Philippines, Zeneida Amador
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
newsinfo

Saving PH wetlands: Last frontiers get least priority

February 17, 2019 07:30 AM

newsinfo

P2.4-billion precampaign spending stumps Comelec

February 17, 2019 07:26 AM

business

New law to increase SSS contributions

February 17, 2019 07:21 AM

newsinfo

Fewer excuses for pols to ‘sing and dance’

February 17, 2019 07:21 AM




© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.