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Battalia Royale Cast Members reunite in a 3-Bill Production Si Edgar, si Allan, at si Art


Kevin Vitug Reunites with Battalia Royale Cast Member in a 3-Bill Production
by Trixie Dauz

“It’s a challenge but it’s a fun challenge. Hindi naman malalim pero Tagalog na Tagalog,” said Kev Vitug of his role as Lando in Episode 3: Yanggaw, an adaptation of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies and Jean Paul Sartre’s No Exit by Rick Bautista. This millennial is no stranger to being part of horror whether onstage or onscreen since he appeared as Rick Santos in an international horror film titled Darkest Night in 2011. He also got the chance to work again with his co-star Joelle Yuvienco from the 2012 loose adaptation of the Japanese novel Batoru Rowaiaru (Battle Royale), titled Battalia Royale. The former played the antagonist Sebastian Kirayama while the latter played Carmina Catalan.

The title of the whole showcase is Si Edgar, si Allan, at si Art, named after the respective authors of these stories which border on the macabre. Curiously, the third episode also featured a closed room with people not knowing what happened to them, where the resolution might light in exclusion or even execution, just like his previous play.

The first episode in this 3-bill which is also fashioned after the Shake, Rattle and Roll franchise, according to its orchestrator Harry David, is Kuba-O by Dingdong Novenario. It is an adaptation of The Crucible by Arthur Miller. The play tells the tale of how the first which came to be and stars theater veterans such as Peewee O’hara and May Bayot, together with Natasha Cabrera whose proven herself a formidable leading lady in the past few years. 

The second episode by Alexandra May Cardoso is Walang-hiyang Tibok, an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart, featuring two actors in a dialogue while trying to uncover the mystery of where the master of the house is.

The show, which premiered in Fringe Manila 2017, is a product of the Theater House of Black in cooperation with Antipara Collective and Third Person. Playdates for its second run in the Zobel de Ayala Recital Hall are March 3 (7pm) and March 4 (10am, 3pm, and 7pm). For tickets, you may contact Ticketworld at 891-9999.


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