Bangkok Post reviews
Seasoned thespians to reveal women's stories
- Writer: Bangkok Post Editorial
- Published: August 13, 2013 at 8:07 am
Opening this Thursday at Chulalongkorn University, Women of Asia will see three acknowledged mistresses of stagecraft working together again.
Three grande dames of the stage _ Asa Gim Palomera, Patravadi Mejudhon and Onchuma Yuthavong _ will be reunited in the Asian premiere of Women Of Asia which opens on Thursday at CU's Sodsai Pantoomkomol Centre for Dramatic Arts and continues until Aug 25.
After an award-winning on- and off-Broadway career, Asa moved to Bangkok in the early 1980s. Theatre-goers, in their 40s and older, may remember her productions of The Odd Couple, La Cage aux Folles, Equus and Amadeus. At Chulalongkorn, she taught classes in acting and stage movement in addition to staging productions of Rashomon and Asylum.
In the early 1990s, partly inspired by a conversation she had with legendary director Joseph Papp, Asa started writing Women Of Asia, and later rehearsed the play with Patravadi and Onchuma.
While a plan to premiere it in Bangkok didn't materialise, the play did have its world premiere in New York later that decade, followed by another successful run in Melbourne _ both productions involving locally recruited cast members.
Last seen on stage in Viva Phrasamut at the Vic Hua Hin, Patravadi is probably the most highly revered actress and director in contemporary Thai theatre, while Onchuma, who portrayed Lady Macbeth two years ago, is one of the most sought-after acting coaches in these parts.
The three seasoned thespians have promised "to reveal untold stories about seven different women from different parts of Asia" in Women Of Asia. Some of the scenes in the play will be performed in Thai (with English subtitles supplied) and others performed in English (with subtitles in Thai).
The trio will be joined by a cast of actresses led by Rudklao Amratisha, recently seen in Si Phaendin The Musical. The production will also include Sunon Wachirawarakarn, who won a Best Performance by a Male Artist award for his one-man show Home.
The venue, the Sodsai Pantoomkomol Centre, is located on Henri Dunant Road, 800m from the Siam Square BTS station (take Exit 6). The curtain will go up at 7.30pm daily (except on Mondays). There will also be 2pm matinees on both weekends of this short run. Tickets cost 600 baht (300 baht for students).
Call 02-218-4802 or 081-559-7252.
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