William Shakespeare’s classic takes on a modern adaptation

Through the years, the question of right from wrong and the constant balance of actions taken always bring a conflict within society. 

William Shakespeare’s classic takes on a modern adaptation
 'Alyas July' is the contemporary adaptation based on National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera’s Filipino translation of The Bard’s masterpiece.
This study of characters and human behavior will once again rise onstage, as one of the most renowned historical tragedies of all time, Julius Caesar, by England’s national poet William Shakespeare, takes on a modern reimagination.

Entitled Alyas July, the contemporary adaptation based on National Artist of the Philippines for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera’s Filipino translation of The Bard’s masterpiece, was presented by Dulaang Filipino, the resident theater group of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB), yesterday and will run until tomorrow, Nov. 28 at the Black Box Theater. 

Written by Carlos Palanca Memorial award-winning playwright Eljay Castro Deldoc and directed by Riki BenedictoAlyas July shares the story of the theater group Klasiko Entablado, just some hours before the critic’s night of their play Julio Cesar

July, who left the production during the early parts of the rehearsals, was once again invited by the assistant director to portray the main character. This caused conflicts between some of its members, particularly Turbo and Asyong, who believe that the actor is full of himself.

While everyone’s busy with the final touches of the play, Turbo and Asyong, through and evil pursuit, are determined to dispose of the main actor.

With flickering lights, ill-fitted costumes, will the drama still be a success?

Benedicto wishes that the audience is still familiar with the original story, though the adaptation focuses on a different approach on Shakespeare’s piece. “I just hope that watching this version would elicit interest not just for Shakespeare, but classic literature in general.”

Both the director and the playwright veered away from the prevalent political approach of plays which reflects the current situation of the country. “I don’t want my stage to be a propaganda platform. I want to present a literary piece focusing on the behavior of the characters,” Director Benedicto noted. “Why are we doing the things we are doing? We keep on looking for someone to blame to justify our unjust actions.”

Today and tomorrow’s screening will be at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and tickets are priced at P150. 

For ticket reservations, call +63 230 5100 local 1528 or 1603 or contact [email protected]

The Black Box Theater is located at 6/F De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB), School of Design and Arts (SDA) Campus, 950 Pablo Ocampo (Vito Cruz) Street, Malate, Manila. 

Topics: William Shakespeare , Julius Caesar , Bienvenido Lumbera , Alyas July
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