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Elmer Gatchalian's JUEGO DE PELIGRO

Written by award winning playwright Elmer Gatchalian and directed by TP Associate Artistic Director Tuxqs Rutaquio, TP's adaptation of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos classic 18th century epistolary novel, "Les Liaisons Dangereuses", entitled Juego de Peligro, transports the story of the novel to Manila in the 1890s, a few years before the mass revolt led by Andres Bonifacio against the Spanish regime.

SYNOPSIS:
The infamous characters of the novel, Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont, now have their Hispanic counterparts—Señora Margarita and Señor Vicente. Their status as peninsulares of the colony has somewhat given them a sense of entitlement to prey on people who belong in the lower ranks.

When Señora Margarita asks her former lover Señor Vicente to seduce the young and virginal Cecilia, he proposes to her another devious plan—he will make the deeply religious and recently married mestiza Señora Teresa fall in love with him. While waiting for his plan to come to fruition, Señora Margarita proceeds to corrupt the indio Daniel who is madly in love with Cecilia. This game of conquest will set in motion a series of tragic events that will challenge Margarita and Vicente's position as the self-proclaimed—and rather depraved—patriots of their motherland.
 
PERFORMANCE DATES:   
Nos of Shows
Date
Day
Time
1
February 20
Friday
8PM
2
February 21
Saturday
3PM
3
February 21
Saturday
8PM
4
February 22
Sunday
3PM
5
February 27
Friday
8PM
6
February 28
Saturday
3PM
7
February 28
Saturday
8PM
8
March 1
Sunday
3PM
9
March 6
Friday
8PM
10
March 7
Saturday
3PM
11
March 7
Saturday
8PM
12
March 8
Sunday
3PM
 
PERFORMANCE VENUE: CCP Little Theater (Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino)

TICKET PRICE:  Php 1,000.00
                            Php 800.00
                            Php 600.00

THEMES: Power play. Seduction. Deceit. Revenge. Love. Sexual Gamesmanship
GENRE: Drama, Romance.          
LANGUAGE: Filipino         
FORMAT:  Straight play
RUNNING TIME:  2 hours and 15 mins with a 10-minute interval
 
ARTISTIC TEAM:
Playwright: Elmer Gatchalian
Direction and Set Design: Tuxqs Rutaquio
Lighting Design: John Batalla
Costume Design: James Reyes   
Sound Design: Jed Balsamo                                                                                                                
Dramaturg: Giselle Garcia                                                                                                                                                                                                  
CAST
Shamaine Buencamino – Senora Margarita 
Arnold Reyes – Senor Vicente
LJ Reyes - Senora Teresa
Vin Abrenica – Daniel
Lharby Policarpio – Daniel
Mark Anthony -  Daniel (understudy)
Sherry Lara – Senora Remedios 
Adrienne Vergara – Cecilia
Antontte Go – Cecilia (understudy)
Racquel Pareno - Senora Violeta
Sasa Cabalquinto– Adela
Jonathan Tadioan – Anton
Aldo Vencilao – Anton
Lhorvie Nuevo - Elena
 
PROFILE:

THEATER ICON SHAMAINE BUENCAMINO PLAYS ICONIC ROLE IN TANGHALANG PILIPINO'S "DANGEROUS LIAISONS"
 
One of Philippine theater's greatest actresses will soon set the stage ablaze with another bravura performance as she portrays the cold and manipulative female lead in Tanghalang Pilipino's (TP) much awaited adaptation of "Dangerous Liaisons".
Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino will play Señora Margarita, the Hispanic counterpart of Marquise de Merteuil in this latest stage adaptation of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos' classic 18th century novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses". Shamaine now joins the ranks of famous actresses who have portrayed the iconic character, including Jeanne Moreau, Annette Bening, and Glenn Close on screen, and Laura Linney on stage. 

Written by awardwinning playwright Elmer Gatchalian and directed by TP Associate Artistic Director Tuxqs Rutaquio, TP's adaptation, entitled Juego de Peligro, transports the story of the novel to Intramuros, Manila, during the last years of the Spanish regime. Señora Margarita and Señor Vicente are Spanish aristocrats and former lovers who remain unshaken in their desire to engage in depravity through their vicious games of conquest. They both decide to prey on the young and virginal Cecilia, the indio Daniel, and the recently married mestiza Señora Teresa.  What follows is a tragic story of love and deceit set in one of the tumultuous periods in Philippine history.
Shamaine now adds Señora Margarita in her long list of iconic roles on stage. She has played the titular characters in Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Floy Quintos' Atang, Masha in Anton Chekov's Three Sisters, Roxanne in Cyrano de Bergerac, Andromache in Trojan Women, Jocasta in Oedipus Rex, Elizabeth Proctor in Arthur Miller's The Crucible, and Queen Elizabeth in Friedrich Schiller's Mary Stuart.

More recently, Shamaine was lauded for her courageous and soul-baring performance in the indie movie Lorna, which was part of the Cinema One Originals Film Festival last November. She was also seen in Jun Lana's critically acclaimed movie, Barber's Tales. Her memorable portrayal of a closet lesbian in the Cinemalaya movie, Niño, earned her a Best Supporting Actress award in the 6th Asian Film Awards in 2012.
 
ARNOLD REYES IS A CHARMING LOTHARIO IN TANGHALANG PILIPINO'S "DANGEROUS LIAISONS"
The rakish charmer Vicomte de Valmont in the 18th century novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" is one of the most unforgettable male characters in classic literature. In cinema, the character was portrayed by John Malkovich in Dangerous Liaisons and Colin Firth in Valmont. Now, award-winning actor Arnold Reyes gets to play Valmont on stage in Juego de Peligro, Tanghalang Pilipino's adaptation of the famous Choderlos de Laclos novel. This time, however, his character has been renamed Señor Vicente as TP's adaptation relocates the story in Intramuros during the last years of the Spanish regime. 

From playing a closet gay lawyer in Kasal to portraying a desperate father who tries to save his daughter from her kidnappers in Graceland, Arnold has been known for taking risks in his acting career. The risk taking paid off in 2009 when he won the Cinemalaya Best Supporting Actor award for his work in Astig.
Taking the role of a sexual predator is yet another risk for Arnold as he is used to playing meek and vulnerable characters. Watch Arnold as he charms, manipulates, and seduces in Tanghalang Pilipino's Juego de Peligro.
 
LJ REYES' BAPTISM OF FIRE IN TANGHALANG PILIPINO'S  "DANGEROUS LIAISONS"

TV and film actress LJ Reyes is poised to conquer the stage as she debuts in Juego de Peligro, Tanghalang Pilipino's much awaited adaptation of "Dangerous Liaisons". 

After joining GMA Network's talent search Starstruck in 2004 (where she was a runner-up), LJ was seen in a number of drama programs in her home network. But it was only in 2010 when film critics began to notice LJ's acting prowess after she was recognized as Best Supporting Actress in the Cinemalaya Film Festival for her work in The Leaving. In 2012, she starred opposite JM de Guzman in another Cinemalaya feature, Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino, where she also received rave reviews. Earlier this month, she wrapped up filming as one of the leads in Jun Lana's indie feature, Mga Anino sa Likod ng Buwan.  
LJ continues to up her game as a formidable actress as she tackles another challenging role in Juego de Peligro. Tanghalang Pilipino's adaptation relocates the story of the 18th century novel in Intramuros, Manila during the last years of the Spanish regime. LJ plays Señora Teresa (the character famously portrayed by Michelle Pffeifer in the 1988 movie), a conservative and deeply religious mestiza who is seduced by a Spanish aristocrat to commit adultery, a decision which she will later regret. 
 
REVIEWS (Dangerous Liaisons):         
"heaven – alive in a way that movies rarely are." - Pauline Kael in The New Yorker 
                The film's "wit and immediacy is extraordinarily rare in a period film. Instead of making the action seem far off, the filmmakers put the audience in the room with their characters." -Hal Hinson, The Washington Post 
"An absorbing and seductive movie". Roger Ebert 
"An incisive study of sex as an arena for manipulative power games."- Variety
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Glenn Close received considerable praise for her performance; she was lauded by The New York Times for her "richness and comic delicacy," while Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that, once she "finally lets loose and gives way to complete animal despair, Close is horrifying." Roger Ebert thought the two lead roles were "played to perfection by Close and Malkovich... their arch dialogues together turn into exhausting conversational games, tennis matches of the soul."

Michelle Pfeiffer was also widely acclaimed for her portrayal, despite playing, in the opinion of the Washington Post, "the least obvious and the most difficult" role. "Nothing is harder to play than virtue, and Pfeiffer is smart enough not to try. Instead, she embodies it." The New York Times called her performance a "happy surprise."Roger Ebert, considering the trajectory of her career, wrote "in a year that has seen her in varied assignments such as Married to the Mob and Tequila Sunrise, the movie is more evidence of her versatility. She is good when she is innocent and superb when she is guilty." Pfeiffer would later win a British Academy Film Award for her performance.

The casting of John Malkovich proved to be a controversial decision that divided critics. The New York Times, while admitting there was the "shock of seeing him in powdered wigs", concluded that he was "unexpectedly fine. The intelligence and strength of the actor shape the audience's response to him." The Washington Post was similarly impressed with Malkovich's performance: "There's a sublime perversity in Frears' casting, especially that of Malkovich... [he] brings a fascinating dimension to his character that would be missing with a more conventionally handsome leading man."Variety was less impressed, stating that while the "sly actor conveys the character's snaky, premeditated Don Juanism... he lacks the devilish charm and seductiveness one senses Valmont would need to carry off all his conquests."

TIMELINE:
1782: Chordelos de Laclos' novel was published  (French novel).
TRIVIA: (expect additional notes)
When the novel was first published, it was considered so scandalous that when Queen Marie-Antoinette commissioned a copy for her personal library she had to have it bound in a blank cover so that no-one would recognize the author's name or title.
 
1960: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (French Film, directed by George Vadim based on the novel).
Almost, Three decades before Dangerous Liaisons, Roger Vadim adapted the Laclos novel into Les Liaisons dangereuses, a French film starring Jeanne Moreau, Gérard Philipe and Annette Vadim

1985 - 1987: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company, adapted by Christopher Hampton and directed by Howard Davies)

1988: Dangerous Liasons (Historical drama film directed by Stephen Frears, adapted from Hampton's play)                               

1989:  Valmont (French-American drama directed by Milos Forman)
Less than a year after Dangerous Liaisons was released, Miloš Forman adapted the novel into Valmont, starring Colin Firth in the title role, Annette Bening, and Meg Tilly.

1999: Roger Kumble adapted the novel into Cruel Intentions, a drama involving Prep School students in New York, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon as well as a cameo from Dangerous Liaisons cast member Swoosie Kurtz. 

In 2003, Untold Scandal, a South Korean adaptation, was released; it was set in the same time as the original novel, but in the Kingdom of Joseon

2008:  Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Broadway revival produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company, Directed by Rufus Norris)

2012: 
Dangerous Liaison (Chinese adaptation starring Zhang Ziyi, directed by a Korean Director, Hur Jin-ho).
Les Liaisons Dangereuses  (Staged by the Sydney Theatre Company and performed at the Wharf Theatre as part of the 2012 season in a production directed by Sam Strong.
In December 2012, the production is being brought to Lansburgh Theatre by the Shakespeare Theatre Company for a limited run in Washington D.C.

2013 Les Liaisons Dangereuses (stage play featured as part of the 2013 Lincoln Center Festival Programming directed by John Malkovich). Almost 25 years after he played Valmont, he directed a French-language version of Christopher Hampton's play in Paris, which ran at the Théâtre de l'Atelier. 
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