Thursday, September 5, 2013

Boyet De Leon Enters Theater Prod Through "Lorenzo"

Yes! There's a robot in the play "Lorenzo", which is mostly set in the 17th
Veteran actor Christopher De Leon officially ventures to the theater production scene as his Green Wings Entertainment, in cooperation with the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, presents "Lorenzo", a three-act "play-in-a-play" featuring two people bearing the same name.

Enter Laurence Ruiz, played by O.J. Mariano. A former theater actor who tried his luck overseas, Laurence was jailed and sentenced to death for killing his employer.

While in jail, Laurence once questioned God for his hardships, but in the end he found peace and comfort in Him. So when a reporter (Camille Medina) came to interview him, Laurence told the media person that he just finished a play depicting the life of the one who inspired him in facing his current situation, San Lorenzo Ruiz, played by Lorenz Martinez, who happened to be exactly Laurence's real name too.

According to Boyet, as how many call Christopher De Leon, this is a story about standing up for your faith, especially in repentance and finding the peace in times of storms in Christ.

Martinez, on the other hand, finds his first professional Tagalog play challenging. A veteran in the English theater scene, he, in spite of venturing an uncharted territory, had fun doing the rehearsals.

Also, since many know about San Lorenzo Ruiz's martyrdom in Japan, the creative team, led by director Nonon Padilla and musical director Ryan Cayabyab, opted to bring some taste of the Japanese culture known by Filipinos.

With that, they came up with an idea of having a manga strip in one scene in Act 2, and they even created a Gundam-inspired robot to be used in the third act.

Also in the cast are veteran stage actress Shiela Valderrama (Rosario), That's Entertainment alumnus Brylle Mondejar (Courtet), and Pinoy Dream Academy runner-up Miguel Mendoza (Fr. Miguel).

Lorenzo runs from today until September 14, every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, at the SDA Theater of CSB along Pablo Ocampo St. in Manila City. The matinee is set at 1:00 PM, while the gala is at 6:00 PM.

For ticket inquiries, call TicketWorld at (02)8919999 or visit the play's official website at

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