SEDUCTION. DECEIT. REVENGE. POWER.
TANGHALANG PILIPINO’S 28th SEASON CLOSES WITH
FILIPINO ADAPTATION OF “DANGEROUS LIAISONS”
Pierre Choderlos de Laclos classic 18th century epistolary novel, “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”, has inspired a number of screen and stage adaptations, most popular of which is the Stephen Frears movie, “Dangerous Liaisons” (1988), starring Oscar nominees Glenn Close and John Malkovich.
Now, Tanghalang Pilipino (TP) has chosen to close its 28th season with a new adaptation of the French novel, starring some of the country’s most notable performers not only from the stage but from television and movies as well.
Written by award-winning playwright Elmer Gatchalian and directed by TP Associate Artistic Director Tuxqs Rutaquio, this adaptation, entitled Juego de Peligro, transports the story of the novel to Manila in the 1890s, a few years before the mass revolt led by Andres Bonifacio against the Spanish regime.
The infamous characters of the novel, Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont, now have their Hispanic counterparts—Señora Margarita and Señor Vicente. Their status as peninsulares of the colony has somewhat given them a sense of entitlement to prey on people who belong in the lower ranks.
When Señora Margarita asks her former lover Señor Vicente to seduce the young and virginal Cecilia, he proposes to her another devious plan—he will make the deeply religious and recently married mestiza Señora Teresa fall in love with him. While waiting for his plan to come to fruition, Señora Margarita proceeds to corrupt the indio Daniel who is madly in love with Cecilia. This game of conquest will set in motion a series of tragic events that will challenge Margarita and Vicente’s position as the self-proclaimed—and rather depraved—patriots of their motherland.
Philippine theater icon and 2012 Asian Film Awards’ Best Supporting Actress Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino leads the stellar cast as she plays the iconic role of Señora Margarita. Shamaine is joined by Cinemalaya Best Supporting Actor Arnold Reyes as the seductively charming Señor Vicente, Cinemalaya Best Supporting Actress LJ Reyes as Señora Teresa, TV actor Vin Abrenica alternating with Lharby Policarpio and Mark Anthony Roque as Daniel, Adrienne Vergara as Cecilia and Sherry Lara with the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company.
Juego de Peligro opens on Feb. 20 at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino. Succeeding performances will be on Feb. 21-22, 27-28, and March 1 and 6-8 at 3 and 8 p.m. For more inquiries, call Tanghalang Pilipino at 8321125 loc. 1621. Tickets are also available at ticketworld.com.ph.
(Poster Design by Carlo Vergara and Photography by Edgardo Manuel)