Mula sa Buwan Makes It Back to the Stage After Four Years
A lot has changed since Mula sa Buwan was last staged four years ago, but the timeless story of romance, friendship, and survival is coming back for a revival of sorts this coming August.
A reimagining of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac and Francisco "Soc" Rodrigo's Filipino translation of the French classic, Pat Valera's Mula sa Buwan is a.takes place in '40s Manila at the start of World War II. The original Cyrano de Bergerac story is set in 17th-century France.
The Filipino reiteration follows the tail of Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadet and poet Cyrano, his bestfriend Christian, and colegiala Roxanne. It bridges the historical, romantic, and social, centering around the subject of unrequited love. Valera's pop rock-y rendition relies on the centuries-old traditional forms of kundiman and zarzuela, with a little bit of harana thrown in there, as well.
The original Filipino adaptation was entitled Cyrano: Isang Sarsuwela, which was staged in December 2010 at the University of Asia and the Pacific. It took Valera and William Elvin Manzano's lyrics and music to elevate the production.
Valera, who is a two-time Palanca award winner, returned to direct the classic. Myke Salomon is credited for the play's musical direction while Ohm David and JM Cabling led its set design and choreography. Bonsai Cielo, Meliton Roxas, and Mikko Angeles handled the costume design, lighting design, and assistant direction, respectively.
Cadets will be played by Abe Autea, Jep Go, Rapah Manalo, Stephen Viñas, and Ericka Peralejo. Meanwhile, theater veterans Miah Canton, Francis Gatmaytan, Liway Perez, Mitzie Lao, Deborah Lemuel, and Mark Anthony Grantos, among others, are part of the ensemble.
Mula sa Buwan was previously staged at the GSIS Theater in 2011, Irwin Theater in 2016, and the Arete Building at Ateneo De Manila University in 2018. This year's run will be staged at the Samsung Performing Arts Theater in Makati in collaboration with theater company Barefoot Theatre Collaborative Inc.
For more information, visit the Mula sa Buwan website.