Red Turnip Theater presents Rabbit HoleSunday, June 22, 2014
|photo by Pao Salandanan|
RABBIT HOLE PRESS CONFERENCE. Last June 16, Red Turnip Theater held its presscon in 2nds, BGC and I am thankful to be part of it, thanks to FILA (who is one of the major sponsor of this event) for this opportunity. The whole team together with the casts lead the program while snacks are being served and after that, they went from table to table to have a chat with us and answer some questions.
|L-R: Rem Zamora, Jenny Jamora, Topper Fabregas, Anna Abad Santos, Cris Villonco|
Red Turnip Theater is a production lead by the band of five actors; Ana Abad Santos, Topper Fabregas, Jenny Jamora, Cris Villonco and Rem Zamora. They wanted to come up with a maiden season that would re-introduce Philippine audiences to the straight play while putting their own stamp on the theatrical experience. Their first production entitled "Closer" followed by "Cock" was a success and in just the span of a year, Red Turnip Theater has made its mark in the Philippine theater scene. And now they are back and ready to for another season which is the "Rabbit Hole" which will open on August 1, 2014.
“Rabbit Hole” is a screenplay written by David Lindsay-Abaire which won Pulitzer Prize in 2007, and was played in films in 2010 starring Nicole Kidman. The story revolves around Becca and Howie, a couple who lose their four year old son to a car accident, and the grief that slowly threatens to tear them apart. Shifting between humor and heartbreak, “Rabbit Hole” explores the way people deal with loss and how this affects those closest to them; their families. Variety calls it “an intensely emotional examination of grief, laced with wit, insightful, compassion, and searing honesty”.
Meet the cast:
|Ms. Agot Isidro as Becca|
Agot Isidro: I'm a little nervous about going back to theater 'cause it has been seven years since my last production (Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah). But I am excited at the same time, because I know it will be a welcome and enriching break after years of TV work. I am especially on the edge about 'Rabbit Hole' because this is my first straight play. With musicals, there's a certain comfort in knowing that, at some parts, I burst into song. So a straight play is all new to me. But I am looking forward to the process.
|Michael Williams as Howie|
Michael Williams: I am very much looking forward to working with Red Turnip on their production of ‘Rabbit Hole’. It’s an amazing script and based on their previous productions, no doubt this one will also be handled with a high degree of sensitivity.
|Che Ramos-Cosio as Becca's Sister, Izzy|
|Shiela Francisco as Nat- the mother of Becca and Izzy|
|Ross Pesigan as Jason|
Dulaang UP's Ross Pesigan (Ang Nawalang Kapatid, Titus Andronicus) rounds out the eclectic cast as Jason, the young boy responsible for the tragic loss of their son.
|The cast with the Director, Topper Fabregas|
Topper Fabregas makes his directorial debut:
Apart from it being a brilliant script, we Turnips also chose ‘Rabbit Hole’ as our second season opener because were hungry to show a different side to us. ‘Closer’ and ‘Cock’ defined our first season as these fantastic, in-your-face experiences. ‘Rabbit Hole’ takes the (deceptively) gentler approach but will knock you out just the same. It’s also a great showcase for its cast, and you don’t get any better than these five actors. We are excited to have them on board. We are also very thrilled to be back at Whitespace!
"Rabbit Hole" opens on August 1, 2014 and runs all weekends of August. Log on to https://www.facebook.com/RedTurnipTheater for complete show schedules.
Capping off the season is "Time Stands Still" by Donald Margulies in February 2015. A Pulitzer Prize nominee, it tells the story of a photojournalist who is forced to return home from a war zone. She must then come to terms with her professional and personal life and her place in the world. Ana Abad Santos and Nonie Buencamino lead the cast. Rem Zamora directs.