It all started with a simple audition call, then the final casting being announced, then followed afterward by the dress rehearsal, until the actual production…this blog was and is still a big fan of Repertory Philippines’ Equus since day one. The play was a huge success, commercially & critically-wise and it is no wonder why it reaped several major awards in the recently concluded, Gawad Buhay. Below is the press release and list of all the winners. So a big congrats to Marco Manalac, director Audie Gemora and the whole staff of Equus for this accomplishment.
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Director Audie Gemora was surprised when he was announced the Best Director in the Philstage’s 2011 Gawad Buhay for his masterful work in the psychological drama Equus.
“I really didn’t expect to win,” admits Audie. “In fact, I was talking to someone backstage when the announcement was made, so it took me some time to receive the award.”
Audie’s staging of Peter Shaffer’s Equus also bagged the Best Play recognition. The production, which may be the boldest play revival in recent years, also spawned the awards for best costume (Dennis Lagdameo), lighting (John Batalla), and sound (Jethro Joaquin) designs.
Audie has established himself as the King of Philippine Musical Theater, but he took a risk when he agreed to direct the said production, which is a straight play.
Only the best actors from the world of theater were gathered for Equus– actors like Miguel Faustmann (nominee, Best Actor), Pheona Barranda (nominee, Best Featured Actress), Red Concepcion, Roselyn Perez, Tami Monsod, Jaime Del Mundo and Dido dela Paz. Equus alsolaunched the acting career of Marco Manalac who played the disturbed young man Alan Strang.
It was also a big night for Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo’s Little Women (five awards, including Best Musical and Best Actress for Caisa Borromeo) and Loy Arcenas’ Tatlong Maria (including Best Play, tied with Equus).
Four pillars of the industry were given the Natatanging Gawad Buhay: Tony Espejo, Lisa Macuja- Elizalde, Tony Mabesa and Ryan Cayabyab.
Audie will soon start directorialwork on the revival of Tanghalang Pilipino’s Noli Me Tangerewhich he headlined years ago as Crisostomo Ibarra. He also takes on the role of producer, on behalf of STAGES, forPeter Pan, a musical mounted together with Repertory Philippines. Sam Concepcion topbills Peter Pan with Michael Williams as Hook and Tippy Dos Santos as Wendy.
Philstage is the only alliance of professional performing arts organizations in the Philippines, while Gawad Buhay is the first-ever industry awards exclusively for the performing arts juried by an independent panel of critics, scholars, artists and theater enthusiasts.
Below is the complete list of winners for this years Gawad Buhay Philstage awards:
OUTSTANDING PLAY (tie)
Equus, Repertory Philippines
Tatlong Mariya, Tanghalang Pilipino
OUTSTANDING MUSICAL PRODUCTION
Little Women, Repertory Philippines
OUTSTANDING DANCE PRODUCTION
Crisostomo Ibarra, Ballet Philippines
OUTSTANDING STAGE DIRECTION
Audie Gemora, Equus
OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE (Play)
OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE (Musical)
OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE (Dance)
FEMALE LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY
Mailes Kanapi, Tatlong Mariya
MALE LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY
Mario O’Hara, American Hwangap (Filipino version)
FEMALE FEATURED PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY
Che Ramos, Tatlong Mariya
MALE FEATURED PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY
Mario O’ Hara, Tatlong Mariya
FEMALE LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL
Caissa Borromeo, Little Women
MALE LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL
Robert Sena, Si Juan Tamad, Ang Dyablo at ang Limag Milyong Boto
FEMALE FEATURED PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL
Cara Barredo, Little Women
FEMALE LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A CLASSICAL DANCE PRODUCTION
Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, The Nutcracker
FEMALE FEATURED PERFORMANCE IN A CLASSICAL DANCE PRODUCTION
Mylene Aggabao, The Nutcracker
FEMALE LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A MODERN DANCE PRODUCTION
Candice Adea, September Gala
MALE LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A MODERN DANCE PRODUCTION
JM Cordero, Crisostomo Ibarra
FEMALE FEATURED PERFORMANCE IN A MODERN DANCE PRODUCTION
Carissa Adea, Crisostomo Ibarra
FEATURED PERFORMANCE IN A MODERN DANCE PRODUCTION (Male)
Angel Gabriel, Crisostomo Ibarra
OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL LIBRETTO
Bienvenido Lumbera, Banaag at Sikat
OUTSTANDING ADAPTATION OR TRANSLATION
Rody Vera, Tatlong Mariya
OUTSTANDING MUSICAL DIRECTION
Gerard Salonga, Little Women
OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY FOR A PLAY OR MUSICAL
Edna Vida, Banaag at Sikat
OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY FOR A DANCE PRODUCTION (tie)
Carlo Pacis, Shifting Wait
Edna Vida, Peter Pan
OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
Dennis Lagdameo, Equus
OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
John Neil Batalla, Equus
OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN
Jethro Joaquin, Equus
OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
Loy Arcenas, Tatlong Mariya