Tanghalang Pilipino’s CORIOLANO Challenges the Definition of a Hero
Published · Friday, February 08, 2019 12:00 PM
This February, Tanghalang Pilipino, the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, stages CORIOLANO, a Filipino translation of William Shakespeare’s tragic play Coriolanus, which re-examines the life of the complex, multi-faceted hero. Directed by renowned film director Carlos Siguion-Reyna and translated by accomplished playwright Guelan Varela-Luarca, Coriolano runs at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) from February 22 until March 17, 2019.
Brian Sy as Aufidio and Marco Viaña as Coriolano
Coriolano is a complex hero and this play is believed to be one of the last two tragedies written by William Shakespeare. Literature from across generations provides a clear definition of a hero; that of someone who is revered for courage, exceptional achievements, and noble traits. William Shakespeare breaks this mold by introducing paradoxical characters that challenge that very definition, as evidenced in Coriolano.
Marco Viaña as Coriolano
Admired for his valor and military supremacy, but disdained for his resentment of the people that he actually serves, Coriolano provides one of the best examples of Shakespeare’s multi-faceted and complex heroes. Coriolano starts out gaining respect and admiration from the people because of his bravery and ability to lead Rome in victory; however, his arrogance has led him to be banished. Coriolano now becomes a tragic hero; someone whose bravery and uncanny strength is overshadowed by pride, causing him his ultimate downfall.
Sherry Lara and Frances Makil-Ignacio alternating as Volumnia
Playing the titular role is Marco Viaña, together with Brian Sy (Aufidio), Ms. Sherry Lara and Ms. Frances Makil-Ignacio (alternating as Volumnia), Jonathan Tadioan (Menenio), JV Ibesate (Sicinio), and Doray Dayao (Bruto), and the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company. Aside from Siguion-Reyna and Luarca, the other members of the artistic team are: Ohm David (Set), Bonsai Cielo (Costumes), TJ Ramos (Sounds), Dennis Marasigan (Lights) Brian Sy and Remus Villanueva (Choreography).
The Tribunes and Menenio
Coriolano runs at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) from February 22 until March 17, 2019, Fridays (8PM), Saturdays (3PM & 8PM), and Sundays (3PM). Tickets can be purchased at Ticketworld, or you may call Tanghalang Pilipino at (02) 832-1125, local 1621. You may also visit the Tanghalang Pilipino Facebook page for more details.