What is Red TurNip Theater? Who are the people behind it?
Staying true to their promise to bring more straight plays to the metro, Red Turnip founders Ana Abad Santos, Topper Fabregas, Jenny Jamora, CrisVillonco and Rem Zamora are excited to add TIME STANDS STILL to their growing list of productions. The first season productions, COCK and CLOSER, redefined the theater experience with their biting scripts and clever, innovative staging. RABBIT HOLE’s quieter approach garnered acclaim for its stellar cast and astute direction.
Tell me something about Time Stand Still and what the story behind that.
TIME STANDS STILL is the story of Sarah, a photojournalist who must return home with her journalist boyfriend James after sustaining injuries from war-torn Middle East. The play follows their love story as they negotiate a more ordinary life, far from the thrills of a battleground. Yet the comforts of urban domesticity—the simple pleasures and small compromises—can be a minefield of its own. "Time Stands Still" is a blazingly important play about responsibility - to ourselves, to our loved ones, to our community, and to our world.
TIME STANDS STILL is a 2009 Pulitzer Prize nominee for Drama. It also garnered two Tony nominations; Best Play and Best Performance by a Leading Actress for Laura Linney.
Ana Abad Santos and Nonie Buencamino headline the Manila premier as Sarah and James. An Aliw Award Winner for her stalwart turn in “Mary Stuart”, Ana Abad Santos is one of the most respected actresses of her generation, having done numerous lead roles for almost all of the Manila theater companies. She graduated from LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) and has crossed over to film and television work, most recently in the BAFTA-nominated “Metro Manila”. She is also an accomplished stage director and has received nominations and acclaim for her directorial work in “Hamlet”, “The 39 Steps” and Red Turnip’s “Closer”. Nonie Buecamino is considered as one of Manila’s greatest leading men and character actors. He has essayed numerous roles onstage and has garnered many awards and nominations for his wide range of stage, film and television work. He is also fixture in the independent film scene and was last seen in Cinemalaya’s “Dagitab” and “K’na the Dreamweaver”, as well as Jun Lana’s “Barber’s Tales”. His most recent stage appearances include TanghalangPilipino’s “Stageshow”, CCP’s “Lorenzo” and as the King in Resorts World Manila’s “King and I”. Fresh off his successful directorial debut, Rem Zamora directs his second show for Red Turnip. “I’m quite excited about this one because, this time around, I will have an actual set”, he quips. “But seriously, it’s a totally different script compared to ‘Cock’, it’s powerful because it’s so quiet.”
TIME STANDS STILL is set to open in next year in January 30 and runs until March 8, 2015.