New York City – Broadway artist and performing arts coach Miguel Braganza whips up a theatrical monologue for March, women’s month, and Lenten season offering.
“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.
It will be participated by an international cast who will render select contemporary and Broadway songs. 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 actresses are: Gail Banawis (Mary Magdalene), Kay Habana (Miriam), Bessie Yenko (Sarah), Cristina Ramos (Rachel), Emmie Panganiban (Deborah), Berthovina Byrotte (Rebekah), Angel Ramchand (Woman of Endor), Tyenne Sillekens (Queen of Sheba), Karen Bacellar (Delilah), and Lumen Castaneda (Namaah). Also performing are young talents of MB2 New York Young Performers and Ballet Opera Earthique.
The Women of the Bible takes its monologues 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 searched 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.
The beneficiaries of the show are 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.
Tickets are at $35. Limited seating. Contact Braganza at 718-483-0045.