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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Tanghalang Pilipino's "Der Kaufmann" | September 27-October 13, 2013


The horror of the holocaust provides a dark backdrop for Tanghalang Pilipino’s third offering for its 27th Season, Der Kaufmann (The Merchant of Venice), a retelling of William Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. The unforgettable scenes like the gas chambers, swastika and the concentration camps reveal how devastating it was during that time. 

Directed by Tuxqs Rutaquio and Rody Vera, the show runs from September 27 to October 13, 2013 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute, Cultural Center of the Philippines. 

A play within a play, Der Kaufmann, relives the horror of the holocaust, with the Nazis directing the Jewish “actors,” underscoring the dehumanizing effect of racism and intolerance, a sharp contrast to the original material, which was first staged by the company during its 17th Season.

According to Rody Vera, in developing the concept of Der Kaufmann, the homosexual, is also put in the spotlight. The categories of labeling prisoners/outcasts by the Nazis are precise, clear and cruelly clinical. And in this version of play, the gays are not spared -- for to fulfill the ideal world without wimps, stained bloodlines and perverts, that is, the ideal world of Belmont with Portia as its fated and royal purveyor, all dregs and scums will have to be eliminated.

Tanghalang Pilipino’s Der Kaufmann is not meant to condemn any race for atrocities committed in the past, but rather, to underscore the artists’ continuing commitment to advocating  respect for human rights, equality, justice, mercy and forgiveness.


   THE CAST  
The cast is composed of TP’s Actors Company, together with guest artists Tuxqs Rutaquio, Lou Veloso, Tracy Quila and Trixie Esteban. 

   SHOW DATES  
September 27 (Fri) - 8pm
September 28 (Sat) - 3pm
September 29 (Sun) - 3pm
October 4 (Fri) - 8pm
October 5 (Sat) - 3pm/ 8pm
October 6 (Sun) - 3pm
October 11 (Fri) - 8pm
October 12 (Sat) - 3pm/ 8pm
October 13 (Sun) - 3pm


Ticket prices are Php600 (Regular) and Php300 (Students). 20% discount on the regular price for senior citizens, government employees, military employees and PWDs. (Please present valid ID)

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