It's Cherie Gil's first PETA theater play, Cherry Orchard remake, Arbol de Fuego on Feb-March 2015. Cherie Gil is now so excited playing Enriquietta Jardeleza-Sofronio in Philippine Educational Theater's Association's 47th season closing re-imagining Anton Chekhov's classic Cherry Orchard. Cherie shared to the media last night at PETA her regret not joining PETA before when Lino Brocka was still alive but is grateful for the opportunity when she met Loy Arcenas in New York last year. Written by Rody Rivera and directed by Loy Arcenas, PETA simmers down to stage this wonderful tragicomedy about a middle-aged matriarch Enriquetta Jardeleza-Sofronio played by veteran actress Cherie Gil, who will come home after having squandered the family fortune on a long stay in Madrid. Like Enriquetta, Cherie shared to us how she is similar to the character having an hacienda and azucarera in Porac Pampanga where their family used to manage. Buried in debt, she and younger brother Adjie (Jake Macapagal) will sell the estate to avoid bankruptcy but refuses, insisting on keeping their ancestral house and the flourishing rows of fire trees (Arbol de Fuego) that frame the estate. The Jardelezas will throw a party after lavish party reminiscing their opulent past in an effort to forget their depleting wealth.
We have witnessed some parts of the script read by the cast consisting of veteran actress Cherie Gil (as Enriquetta Jardeleza-Sofronio) 2013 Cinema One Best Actress awardee Anna Luna (as Carmen aka Nini), Urian Best Actress awardee Angeli Bayani (as Charito), British Independent Film Award nominee Jake Macapagal (as Adriano Nicolas Jardeleza aka Adjie), Raffy Tejada (as Pedro Tiking aka Nonoy), Riki Benedicto (as Dante Tenorio), Leo Rialp (as Aniceto Madrigal aka Chitong), Kiki Baento (as Kane), Lao Rodriguez (as Pindot), Divine Aucina (as Angelina Caligdong aka Ling-Ling), Bembol Roco (as Manoy Iking), Anthony Falcon (as Caloy), and Gie Onida ( as Sakada/Sundalo). It was really funny how the dialogue develops as the character develops as well. Writer Rody Rivera and director Loy Arcenas shared to us that his Chekhovian classic is told with underlying sarcasm and humor. Set in the late 70s in Negros Occidental during the Marcos era when the sugar plantation owners became weary of the sugar prices going down, Arbol de Fuego laughs at the habits and tendencies of the diminishing aristocratic class. Arbol de Fuego (a flowering tee that bears no fruit) is a symbol of the beauty and emptiness of a class losing grip of their wealth and power.
It was hilarious watching the cast read the lines and how conversations grow more interest on what happens to the Jardelezas. Arbol de Fuego is a significant play to marvel at how the aristocratic families in Negros brave the downfall of their reign in power. I am already so excited with what lines and scenes will be most relatable to the realities of today. A feast for the senses and truly a Filipino production not to be missed, Arbol de Fuego opens on February 20, 2015 with shows from Fridays to Sundays 3pm and 8pm at PETA Theater Center - No. 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City. For show buying and ticket information, contact PETA at 725-6244 or 09175765400 or contact Ticketworld at www.ticketworld.com.ph or call 891-9999. For more information, please visit petatheater.com and like https://www.facebook.com/PETATHEATER. Follow @petatheater on Twitter for more updates.