Friday, October 4, 2013

Der Kaufmann (Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice") at the CCP from September 27 - October 13, 2013

Hey guys! Here is an interesting take on William Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice." It's set during the Holocaust, the time when Nazis were terrorizing Abraham's children, plus Antonio is portrayed as a homosexual. The first few minutes of the play, already brought tears to my eyes.  All the actors are superb! My personal favorites are Portia (Regina de Vera how can you memorize all those complicated lines? Bilib!), Antonio (Marco Viana I feel your pain) and Shylock's youngest daughter (you have a bright future in theater dear Trixie Esteban =) I just wish the dialogues used easy to understand Filipino words. Nosebleed ako!

I watched "Der Kaufmann" on opening night, thanks to Lorelei Celestino, marketing and sales associate of Tanghalang Pilipino =) Terno pa kami ng suot, mukhang sasayaw hehe =) (Translation: Our clothes match in color, looks like we're going to perform a dance number =)

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and
Tanghalang Pilipino (TP) present...

Der Kaufmann ("The Merchant")
The Merchant of Venice
Ang Negosyante ng Venecia

Tanghalang Huseng Batute (CCP Studio Theater)
September 27 - October 13, 2013

About the Show: (Source: TicketWorld)

Directed by Rody Vera and Tuxqs Rutaquio 

Written by renowned English poet and playwright William Shakespeare, the Merchant of Venice is often considered as a romantic comedy in Shakespeare’s compilation of plays known as the “First Folio,” but has been more regarded for its dramatic take on religion and mercy.

The play is about a bitter and detested Jewish moneylender who seeks revenge against a Christian merchant who has defaulted on a loan. TP’s version will be a departure from the usual interpretation. A play within a play, it will be set at the time of the Holocaust, with Nazis directing the Jewish “actors” and will underscore the dehumanizing effect of racism and intolerance. In this adaption, the viewers will choose between love for a friend and love for money.

This innovative take on Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, as translated by National Artist Rolando Tinio, will showcase Rody Vera’s adaptation and direction and TJ Ramos’ sound design.


Show Dates: (Note: Information may change without prior notice)


27 (Friday) 8:00 PM
28 (Saturday) 3:00 PM
29 (Sunday) 3:00 PM


3 (Thursday) 8:00 PM
4 (Friday) 10:00 AM & 3:00 PM
5 (Saturday) 10:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
6 (Sunday) 3:00 PM

10 (Thursday) 8:00 PM
11 (Friday) 10:00 AM & 3:00 PM
12 (Saturday) 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
13 (Sunday) 3:00 PM

Ticket Prices: (Free Seating)
P300 (Students)

50% Off* for Students
20% Off* for Senior Citizens, Government Employees & Persons with Disabilities
* Not available on internet purchase.
* Present ID upon purchasing over the counter.
* Show ID upon entering the show venue.

For more info and to buy your tickets, please call (63-2)891-9999 or log on to TicketWorld.

You may also call Cherrybong at (+63)917-7500107 or
Lei or Enzo at (63-2)832-1125 local 1620 or 1621
Lei at (+63)915-6072275 or (+63)908-8941384