After a year-long hiatus, Red Turnip Theater is back! Red Turnip launches its Fifth Season with another compelling production and a brand new space. The pioneering company, devoted to its vision of “championing the straight play”, returns to its roots with the contemporary dramedy A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 by Lucas Hnath. Founded by actors Ana Abad Santos, Topper Fabregas, Jenny Jamora, Cris Villonco and Rem Zamora in 2013-– Red Turnip is now celebrating five years of critically-acclaimed productions, cementing its place as one of Manila’s premier theater companies.
A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 is an imagined take on what would have happened to Ibsen’s protagonist, Nora, fifteen years after leaving her husband and children at the end of his original “A Doll’s House”. Nora is now a famous feminist author and returns home to confront her (possible) ex-husband, her daughter and all the complications that have resurfaced upon her return. For ninety minutes, the play takes on questions about marriage, commitment, family and what it truly means to be a “woman living in a man’s world”. Both funny and touching at the same time, the play has been a critical and awards darling since its Broadway premier last 2017.
A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 marks a couple of firsts for Red Turnip Theater.
Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo makes her Red Turnip debut as Nora and is sure to deliver another super-charged performance in the title role. Hailed as “The First Lady of Philippine Theater”, Menchu’s long list of leading lady roles includes award-winning turns in “Next to Normal”, “Annie” and “Sweeney Todd”. She has also garnered raves for her directorial turns in “West Side Story”, “Little Women”, “Jekyll and Hyde” and is the Associate Artistic Director for Full House Company of Resorts World Manila. In A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 she leads the powerhouse cast that features Carlitos Siguion-Reyna, Sheila Francisco and Rachel Coates.
Carlitos Siguion-Reyna is best known for directing the classic films “Ikaw Pa Lang ang Minahal”, “Hihintayin Kita sa Langit”, “Ligaya ang Itawag Mo sa Akin” and “Inagaw Mo ang Lahat sa Akin”. He makes a welcome return to the stage as Nora’s husband, Torvald, after directorial turns for Tanghalang Pilipino’s “Walang Sugat” and “Pangarap sa Isang Gabi Gitnang Tag-araw (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)”. After an acclaimed turn in Red Turnip’s “Rabbit Hole”, Sheila Francisco returns to the RT stage as Anne Marie, Nora’s ex-housekeeper and confidante. Francisco is famously known for being the first Filipino to perform in the National Theater after bagging the role of Bloody Mary in the West End Revival (and subsequent tour) of “South Pacific”. She caps an already strong year after her performances as Annie Canon in Rep’s “Silent Sky” and as Tiya Dely in the recent mega-hit “Ang Huling El Bimbo” for Resorts World Manila. Promising up-and-comer Rachel Coates rounds out the cast as Nora’s daughter, Emmy. She was last seen in Upstart Production’s hit comedy “Spamalot”.
A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 also marks the directorial debut of Cris Villonco. A leading lady in her own right, Villonco has bagged multiple awards and recognition for her performances on stage and on film. She holds the distinction of having the most number of Gawad Buhay awards for any actor, bagging five for her performances in “Hamlet”, “D’ Wonder Twins of Boac”, “Noli Me Tangere”, “Bituing Walang Ningning” and Red Turnip Theater’s “Constellations”.
CRIS VILLONCO: (on directing) “It’s something new and exciting. It’s daunting to jump right in and get things going. All I know is that I’ve got four directors behind me who are cheering me on and will help me in this crazy process called directing.”
Red Turnip Theater is also excited to be moving into a new space with this new production. A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 will premiere at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater, right at the heart of BGC. The 70-seater Zobel De Ayala Recital Hall is sure to be the perfect intimate venue to provide the theatrical experience that Red Turnip is known for.
JENNY JAMORA: “The BGC Arts Center has been passionately trying to integrate the arts into the Fort’s vibrant night life. It was really fortuitous that we were preparing for our fifth season when they reached out to us. We’re really looking forward to seeing our regulars again, but we’re also psyched to have members of the Fort community experience Red Turnip for the first time.”
The Gala Night of A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 is set for September 15 and is once again sponsored by FILA as part of their continuous support for the Philippine theater community.
A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 runs weekends from September 15 – October 7, 2018.
At the Zobel De Ayala Recital Hall, Maybank Performing Arts Theater, BGC Arts Center
Tickets are available through TicketWorld (891-9999 or www.ticketworld.com.ph) or Red Turnip Theater (firstname.lastname@example.org or https://www.facebook.com/RedTurnipTheater). Complete show schedules are on the Red Turnip Facebook Page.