“Dancing Lessons” A Play On Autism All Set To Open Twin Bill Theater’s Third Season on August 16
Published · Thursday, July 25, 2019 05:47 PM
Are you in for a new romantic comedy play about two lonely souls who embark on an unlikely relationship filled with surprising discoveries and the healing power of love?
Twin Bill Theater Company is all set to open its third season with the Asian premiere of DANCING LESSONS, a 95-minute charming new two-character play by Mark St. Germain beginning August 16 at the Power Mac Center Spotlight, Level 2 Circuit Lane, Circuit Makati.
Noted playwright Mark St. Germain is known for real-life figures in his fact-inspired plays namely: Camping With Henry and Tom (about Henry Ford and Thomas Edison), Freud’s Last Session (which also featured C.S. Lewis as a character), Becoming Dr. Ruth and Scott & Hem in the Garden of Allah (featuring novelists Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald). For DANCING LESSONS, Mark has written about two fictional characters in a heartfelt production that is moving, comic and sweet.
SYNOPSIS --- DANCING LESSONS centers on Ever Montgomery, a science professor and Senga Quinn, a Broadway dancer. At the top of her career, Senga is holed up in her apartment with a serious injury that threatens her career and identity. When neighbor Ever, a professor at New York Institute of Technology, with a condition that is fearful of touch, asks for a dancing lesson so he can deal with social intimacy (handshaking, hugs, dancing) at an upcoming awards banquet that he was tasked to host. Through the lessons, a relationship slowly develops that has both individuals stepping out of their comfort zones.
Ever Montgomery – Professor of Geosciences at New York Institute of Technology who has Asperger’s Syndrome.Ever is a high functioning and extremely hyper person who lacks social skills. He cannot bear a person’s touch and struggles looking at them in the eye. Things started to change when she asked Senga, his neighbor, to teach him how to dance. She changes him in a way many would probably think is impossible.
Senga Quinn – A Broadway dancer who has suffered a major leg injury in a car accident. Thanks to her life-threatening allergy to anesthesia, her chances ofsurviving a much needed surgery becomes minimal that sidelined her to her apartment in New York.
RANDY VILLARAMA (EVER).
Randy is a Theater, Film and TV actor. He started acting professionally in 2001. His baptism of fire started with Tanghalang Pilipino where he played Jonathan Harker in Dracula. That play was followed by more TP Productions like LigawangLigaw, In the Middle of Silence, Himala the Musical, Orfeo saImpyerno, Bakeretta (Ghost Operetta), A Midsummer Night's Dream. Also while not exactly TP productions, he love's to be Part of The Virgin Labfest where he played memorable characters in plays like; "When Sam Met Joe," "Matyag" and even a Japanese Doctor in "Sundan Natin si Ever San, etc."
Randy Villarama as Ever in Twin Bill Theater's "Dancing Lessons".
Always trying to have a white belt mentality, he has worked with multiple Theatre Groups/Directors like PETA (Ang Buhay ni Galileo, Noli-Fili, Romulus Da Great), Atlantis (Beauty and the Beast), Trumpets (The Horse and his Boy), Repertory Philippines (Portrait of an Artist, Hamlet), Dulaang UP (Angry Christ, Lulu, Arturo Ui, Measure for Measure), Tanghalang Ateneo (Glass Menagerie, Othello), EGG Theater Co.(Moliere PMS, Maniacal); Gantimpala Theater (Noli Me Tangere, Florante At Laura), C.A.S.T. staged reading series (Our Country's Good), among others.
He was trained in Acting and Comedy Improv by Ana Valdes-Lim. The first Filipina to graduate with a degree of fine arts in theater at the Julliard School of New York. Randy is a member of the Philippine Playhouse and was last seen in the Gawad Buhay best ensemble winner "Manila Notes" directed by the brilliant Oriza Hirata, and "Baka Naman Hindi" for the Cultural Center of the Philippines, masterfully helmed By Dennis Marasigan.
It's Randy's first time to work with Twin Bill Theater. Playing "EVER" is a pinch myself moment for him.
JILL PEÑA (SENGA).
A graduate of The Ateneo De Manila Fine Arts program and an awardee of the Loyola Schools Award for the Arts, Jill Peña is intimate with the inner workings of productions, both on and offstage and attributes her early theatre training to Ateneo Blue Repertory. Theatre credits: "The Sound of Music" (Sister Sophia/Maria Understudy), “Priscilla: Queen of the Desert" (Ensemble/Diva Understudy), "BituingWalangNingning" (Ensemble/Laviña Understudy), “Annie” (Grace Farrell): Resorts World Manila; "They're Playing Our Song" (Ensemble): 9Works Theatrical; "Into the Woods" (Florinda/Rapunzel Understudy): Upstart Productions; "The Horse and His Boy" (Hwin): Trumpets; "Tarzan" (Ensemble), "Carrie" (Chris Hargensen), "Addams Family" (Ensemble), “Kinky Boots” (Ensemble), “Sideshow”(Ensemble), “Waitress” (Jenna Understudy), “Beautiful” (Janelle Woods): Atlantis Theatrical. Jill currently manages her own kiddie entertainment company, Clowning Around.
Jill Peña as Senga in Twin Bill Theater's "Dancing Lessons".
During the run of Dancing Lessons, Twin Bill Theater will engage audiences through special discussions on Asperger’s and Autism Spectrum conducted in partnership with Autism Association.
The artistic team of DANCING LESSONS are as follows: Francis G. Matheu (Director), Mark St. Germain (Playwright), JM Cabling (Choreographer), Kayla Teodoro (Set Designer), Joseph G, Matheu (Lighting / Technical Director), Arby Dimaculangan (Sound Designer), Joyce Garcia (Video Graphics Designer) and BenjorCatindig (Graphic Designer).
DANCING LESSONS had its world premiere in 2014 for Barrington Stage Company’s Boyd-Quinson Mainstage in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. From 2015-present, it has also been performed by various regional theater companies in Connecticut, Rochester, San Diego. Sta. Barbara, San Francisco, Vermont, Ohio, and Florida. Theatre Tallahassee, Florida is set to run this production from January 23 – Feb. 2, 2020.
Twin Bill Theater's "Dancing Lessons" will run from August 16 to 17 (Friday – Saturday) 8pm and on August 21 to 24 (Wednesday – Saturday) 8pm at the Power Mac Center Spotlight, Level 2 Circuit Lane, Circuit Makati, Makati City. Running Time: 95 minutes. For ages 13 and older. For ticket inquiries, call Ticketworld 891-9999. Check out the latest updates on DANCING LESSONS through the following social media:
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Twin Bill Theater is an independent contemporary theater company that exists to stir minds for constructive societal revolution utilizing theater as means for formal dialogue and intellectual intercourse foregrounding current issues that continue to plague man’s social condition. We aspire for national and international collaboration, engagement and cultural exchange through various theater and arts festivals and cultural and academic research conferences. We are a member of PHILSTAGE.
DANCING LESSONS is produced with permission granted by Abrams Artists Agency, 275 Seventh Ave. 26th Floor, New York, NY 10001, USA.