The Joy Luck Club

Do you recognize the characters in the slideshow? Any guesses??

Earlier this week, I was elated to receive an invitation to join the press night for Repertory Philippines’ newest production, The Joy Luck Club.

Yes! The Joy Luck Club!!! Just last week I was looking at buying tickets for the show and now I don’t just get to watch it. I will have the chance to interview the director and its cast. Woot! Woot!

I read the book a couple of years ago and to be honest, I already forgot the story. It was also adapted on film and was a hit when it was shown in theaters. I did keep the book and although the book has aged, it’s still in my library and now waiting for me to re-read it 🙂

From February 4 to 20, Repertory Philippines will be staging “The Joy Luck Club“. Please read on to get more insights and information on the said production.

“The Joy Luck Club,” the best-selling novel by Amy Tan, which was also made into a movie directed by Wayne Wang, is now a play. Repertory Philippines is staging “The Joy Luck Club” from Feb. 4 to 20, 2011.

The play is a chorus of eight voices of tightly woven stories. It tells of the lives of four Chinese immigrant women and their four American-born daughters. The four mothers create a mahjong group called the Joy Luck Club and audiences will see the stories of the members of this club unfold.

At turns funny, touching and heart wrenching, the play showcases the rich complexity of love between mothers and daughters that transcends age and cultural gaps.

Adapted by Susan Kim and directed by Anton Juan (recent credits include the non-stage, multi-floor production of “Information for Foreigners”), the powerhouse cast includes Rebecca Chuaunsu, Jay Glorioso, Frances Makil Ignacio and Pinky Marquez as the mothers; and Ana Abad Santos, Lily Chu, Jenny Jamora and Cris Villonco as the daughters.

Costume design is by Eric Pineda with set design by Ohm David and lighting design by John Ilao Batalla.

Rep associate artistic director Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo says, “It’s a great way for families, friends and couples to celebrate Chinese New Year, which kicks off the month on Feb. 3. The show will be great for Valentine’s dates as well.”

After “The Joy Luck Club,” Rep will stage “The 39 Steps,” a comedy thriller based on an Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece from March 4 to 20, 2011 where four actors play 150 characters.

From April 1 to 7, 2011, audiences can enjoy the comedy “Shakespeare in Hollywood,” where Shakespeare’s most famous fairies, Oberon and Puck, end up on the Hollywood set of Max Reinhardt’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

“The Joy Luck Club” will be staged at Onstage Theater, 2nd floor, Greenbelt 1 Mall, Makati City. Gold or Silver season ticket passes are available for these three productions which provide a discount and choice seats at selected dates compared to buying individual tickets for each of the shows.

All Rep productions are available for showbuying and block ticket sales for individuals or organizations for earning extra income or raising funds. All productions are also available for sponsors who wish to reach Rep’s audiences.

Visit http://www.repertory.ph, subscribe to youtube.com/repertoryphils, and add “Rep Phils” in Facebook.

“The Joy Luck Club” runs Feb. 4 to 20, 2011. For ticket inquiries and other information, call Repertory Philippines at 571-6926 and 571-4941 or email info@repertory-philippines.com. Tickets also available at Ticketworld at 891-9999 or http://www.ticketworld.com.ph.

Wednesday Wickedness: Ricky Gervais

1. “Why by a book when you can join a library.”
When was your last trip to a library?
** Ages ago 😦

2. “People see me in the suit and they know I’m not fooling anyone, they know I’m rock and roll through and through.”
Does your attire properly represent you?
** At least, I try to achieve that.

3. “I’m from a little place called England … We used to run the world before you.”
Do you feel the United States really runs the world?
** I think so.

4. “No one grows up saying ‘I hope I work in an office one day?’ And that fascinated me. People from 16 to 65 are just thrown together and that is a tantalizing mix.”
When was the last time that you worked in an office like that?
** I think I’m in one right now. LOL!

5. “Where there’s a will-there’s a relative!”
Do you have a will? If yes, have you ever changed it?
** Not yet. I’ll have that when the proper time comes.

6. “When I see a toreador in a bullfight getting gored I think: `Good, you shouldn`t be in there`. What is the pleasure in seeing an animal speared to death? It`s the same with fox hunting. They`re just psychopaths.”
How do you feel about bull fighting and hunting?
** Those are things I wouldn’t really do.

7. “Money gives me the creeps and mildly embarrasses me. I get paid too much anyway.”
Have you ever thought that you were over paid for a job?
** No.

8. “I hate lateness. I hate people who are late. There is no excuse for turning up late for anything. I`ve never been late for anything in my life. I was actually born a week premature, because I wanted to be early for my own birth.”
Are you usually on time for things?
** Yes.

9. “I have plenty of pet hates. I can`t stand people scraping their plate or slurping their soup. I can`t stand waiting in lines. I hate people talking inanely about the Lord Of The Rings. I hate people whistling. But I`m not like this because I`m famous. I`ve always been a grumpy bastard.”
What are your “pet hates”?
** Smelly people. People who don’t know how to smile. Drivers who run the red light. People who don’t give way to the elderly. People who try to sneak their way through the line just to be first. Latecomers. People who forget appointments. Pregnant women who think that thebest pre natal vitamins are cigarettes and beer. Plainly rude people.

10. “I don`t like all this stupid Gollum begat Wobblo and the Oompa Loompas and…Oh Jesus Christ! There was too much “Oh, God, here come the gloodloys…” Christ Almighty, what are they talking about!?”
Are you a fan of “Lord of the Rings”?
** My son is. Not me.

Count your blessings

I have been reminded countless of times to be grateful for all the blessings that I have. Today was no exception.

I wasn’t expecting a visitor today. And when I received that SMS from an old friend, I was both excited and sad. Excited because after 19 years, I will be seeing her again. Sad because I know that she’s going through some very hard times right now and it’s inevitable that I will be hearing her story. This was an unexpected visit but it was just okay.

I prepared lunch for us as I know she will be coming in from a very long bus trip from the province and she needed to take a nice bath for her interview. She made it to my place in one piece. When I saw her, all I could do was give her a real tight hug. She looked way, way older than our real age, probably because of stress and the problems she’s facing at the moment.

As I expected it, my heart was crushed hearing what she has been through after high school. Hers was a very sad life story. I never really expected that somebody I know from high school would experience such a sad plight.

As I was hearing her out, I once again realized that I have been so blessed all my life despite the challenges I have faced and am still facing at the moment. I have true friends and family who are always there for me no matter how harsh the situations are. While my friend? She was abandoned by her adoptive family and had no one to turn to and rely on but herself and some close friends.

After lunch, I dropped her off to the nearest jeepney terminal so she could go to her interview and then after which, she would need to go back to the province to tend to her very ill child. She repeatedly thanked me for everything. I told her not to because that’s what friends do – help each other. Besides, it’s my only way of helping her at this point.

As I drove back home, tears welled in my eyes. I felt her pain. But I know that in my own little way, I was able to help keep her hopes high that God is there working His way through her life in His own brilliant way. I saw her smile and I knew that somehow I did something right for her.

I called up my father and shared the experience with him. I told him that we’re both still so lucky and blessed after all. Then he reminded me to always count my blessings – to be thankful that I have shoes instead of having no feet at all. Indeed, God has been very good to us and I will forever be grateful for the life He has given me. I have all the reasons to be happy about my life and in return, it is but right and proper to share these blessings as they come in my own little way.

Monday Mayhem: The Color Green

1. What is your favorite Green food?

Kangkong (photo credits: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au

2. What is your most hated green food?

Okra (photo credits: http://meghantelpnerblog.com

3. What is green that grosses you out?
** Frogs

4. What is green that you love?
** Nature

5. What is green that you never want to see again?
** Anything that’s slimy and anything amphibian.

6. Have you ever seen a green person?
** Incredible Hulk? Hehehehe!

7. Have you ever been green?
** At times, yes.

8. Do you try to be green?
** Sometimes when the situation calls for it.

9. What is the best green thing in the world?
** Our rainforests

10. What green thing should we avoid?
** The poisonous ones I guess.

Enjoy your Monday, folks!

Sunday Stealing: The Stupid Evil Bastard Meme

Today we ripped this meme off a blogger named Les Jenkins at the blog Stupid Evil Bastard. He credits Dave as his source. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft’s thieves might take some time. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

1. What time did you get up this morning?
** Around 7am

2. How do you like your steak?
** Medium well

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
** I think it was Salt. LOL!

4. What is your favorite TV show?
** There are a lot but right now it’s still How I Met Your Mother.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
** Canada

6. What did you have for breakfast?
** Spaghetti and chicken – it was already brunch.

7. What is your favorite cuisine?
** Japanese

8. What foods do you dislike?
** I’m not very fond of Mediterranean food.

9. Favorite Place to Eat?
** Just to mention a few since I have a lot: Conti’s, Flapjack’s, Friday’s, McDonald’s, Wendy’s

10. Favorite dressing?
** Thousand Islands

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive?
** 1997 Honda Civic

12. What are your favorite clothes?
** anything comfy

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
** Australia

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
** Half full

15. Where would you want to retire?
** Canada

16. Favorite time of day?
** mid-morning

17. Where were you born?
** in the Philippines

18. What is your favorite sport to watch?
** Basketball

19. Who do you think will never call you again?
** Dead people

20. Person you expect to call you next?
** My Dad as always

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to Stealing?
** DJ Kathy and Bud Weiser

22. Bird watcher?
** Nope

23. Are you a morning person or a night person?
** Morning person

24. Do you have any pets?
** None

25. Any new and exciting news you’d like to share?
** None for now

26. What did you want to be when you were little?
** Teacher

27. What is your best childhood memory?
** My Dad would always tell this story about me “stealing” tomatoes and eating them when my mother would bring me along to the market.

28. Are you a cat or dog person?
** Neither. But I find dogs too cute.

29. Are you married?
** Used to be…I’m separated now.

30. Always wear your seat belt?
** Yes.

31. Been in a car accident?
** Yes.

32. Any pet peeves?
** Smelly people

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings?
** Mushrooms and pepperoni

34. Favorite Flower?
** Tulips are pretty.

35. Favorite ice cream?
** Anything bubble gum or pistachio

36. Favorite fast food restaurant?
** McDonald’s

37. How many times did you fail your driver’s test?
** Didn’t fail it

38. Who did you get your last email from?
** From a weekly subscription

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
** Marks and Spencer

40. Do anything spontaneous lately?
** Yup

41. Like your job?
** Love it, actually.

42. Broccoli?
** No problem

43. What was your favorite vacation?
** My Jakarta experience with a girl friend last year.

44. Last person you went out to dinner with?
** My dad

45. What are you listening to right now?
** Just the sound of my electric fan.

46. What is your favorite color?
** black

47. How many tattoos do you have?
** None

48. How many times have you tagged someone to do a meme?
** A lot already :p

49. What time did you finish this meme?
** 45 minutes

50. Coffee Drinker?
** I am.

Saturday 9: Wouldn’t It Be Nice

1. What’s the nicest thing a complete stranger ever did for you?
** Just yesterday, somebody helped me jump start my car that wouldn’t start.

2. What one thing always speaks deeply to you, to your spirit, no matter your mood or what else is going on in your life?
** God is in control of everything. No matter how much hurt and pain you go through, God will always show you not just mere exit signs to the solutions to your problems but He will always be there to comfort you when you need it the most.

3. How many jobs have you held in your life? How many of those were part of your chosen career field?
** Around 5…unfortunately, just 1.

4. Of those jobs, how many did you leave voluntarily?
** 4 of them.

5. How did you discover Saturday 9? How long have you played? (Thank you for joining in!)
** I discovered it last year while participating in Sunday Stealing

6. What’s the worst beverage you’ve ever tasted?
** There’s this bottled tea. I really couldn’t drink it.

7. Is there anything in life you are “certain” about? Firm in your beliefs? Strong in your convictions?
** That traitors have no place in this world.

8. How did you come up with the title of your blog’s posts?
** Randomly. It really depends on what I write about. It usually just comes.

9. Would you consider yourself a good cook?
** I’d like to think so.

01/14/2011 – Friday Fill-Ins

And…here we go!

1. Right now I need a good, decent and true vacation.

2. Coke Zero is what’s in my glass.

3. A copy of this letter or any letter for that matter should not be kept unless it’s that important.

4. Ice cream is best with a spoon.

5. The best movie I’ve seen lately is none. Don’t remind me. I haven’t watched a movie in ages 😦

6. security cameras for our protection, I like; a digital SLR or a point and shoot camera in my bag for those priceless moments, I love.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to rest, tomorrow my plans include cleaning my house and Sunday, I want to just take my sweet time!

Enjoy the weekend!