Courtesy of PETA
For those who are acquainted with the Shakespearean play, Twelfth Night, the happy pairings of the love quartet of Viola with Duke Orsino, Countess Olivia and Sebastian are quite familiar. However, in the PETA adaptation of Twelfth Night, notable playwright and theater actor Rody Vera and D Wonder Twins of Boac director Maribel Legarda have decided to breathe new life into the comedy of errors by shaking things up, as revealed by well-respected actress Shamaine Centenera Buencamino, who plays Olivia Nepomuceno.
What attracted you to the role of Olivia Nepomuceno? Did you and director Maribel Legarda discuss what would be the “attack” or did she give you free rein?
The role of Olivia was not what attracted me to join this production but rather the opportunity to join PETA and perform in their [Phinma Theater] in Quezon city. My initial discussions about the play were not with the director but with the playwright [Rody Vera]. SPOILER ALERT I needed to understand why he changed Shakespeare’s partnering at the end of the play. As for Maribel, she allowed me to do my own explorations on the character.
What are the challenges of doing Shakespeare in a classical staging vs. an adaptation such as D Wonder Twins of Boac?
Shakespeare is difficult to do mainly because of the challenges of the language. Rody Vera’s adaptation is much easier because the dialogue is not measured.
The ensemble actors of D Wonder Twins of Boac have mentioned observing you at work. If you could impart advice to them, what would be the top three?
Study the intentions of your characters, let those intentions guide your choices, don’t play for laughs.
D Wonder Twins of Boac will run from 01 February – 03 March 2013 at the PETA Phinma Theater located at No. 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City. For ticket inquiries re the last Sunday matinee performance, 03 March 2013, 3pm, please email llornalopez [at] gmail [dot] com
D Wonder Twins of Boac
03 March 2013 3pm (Sunday)
Show Ticket Prices
P1000 – Orchestra VIP
P800 – Orchestra
P600 – Balcony
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