New York City — Women community leaders in New York will perform in a theatrical monologue for March, women’s month, and in time for the Lenten season, whipped up by Broadway artist and performing arts coach Miguel Braganza.
“Women of the Bible”, to be showcased at the Philippine Center in Manhattan March 27, 2015, Friday, will highlight the voices of Sarah, Rachel, Leah, Rebekah, Queen of Sheba, Namaah, Deborah, Delilah, Mary Magdalene, Miriam and the Woman of Endor. Their narratives will take center stage to emphasize the relevance of time-tested values on perseverance, faith, and bravery.
An international cast includes community leaders and actresses: Lumen Castaneda (Namaah), Gail Banawis (Mary Magdalene), Kay Habana (Miriam), Bessie Yenko (Sarah), Cristina Ramos (Rachel), Emmie Panganiban (Rebekah), Berthovina Byrotte (Deborah), Trisha Barras (Leah), Angel Ramchand (Woman of Endor), Tyenne Sillekens (Queen of Sheba), and Karen Bacellar (Delilah). Definitely a show to watch, they community leaders will render monologues and contemporary and Broadway songs. Also performing are young talents from the MB2NY Young Performers and Ballet Opera Earthique.
Braganza, through his production company MB2NY, directs and choreographs the one-hour-and-30-minute show. His team includes Marcus Depompeii, as DJ and voice, Manny de Guia, make up artist, and Gil Villacerin, stage manager.
The Women of the Bible takes its script from an old stage show script which, Braganza said, was buried in a pile of documents, unnoticed in an old room in Silliman University in Dumaguete city in the Philippines. “I have long search for a theater script about women in the Bible. It seemed like serendipity that my friend, Vanessa Gaspay-Nezamloo, a teacher in Silliman called and told me about an old script that she found. So it was a sign that this project has to begin,” he said.
Braganza said that the Lola Grande Foundation for Women and Children in Sta. Ana, Manila, the Julie Borromeo Performing Arts in Mandaluyong, and the Christian Ministry for Women in Singapore are the beneficiaries of the show.
Tickets are at $35. Limited seating. Contact Braganza at 718-483-0045.