Harry David, producer-production manager of the Theater House of Black, is speaking about their group’s interest in adapting classic stories for the contemporary audience of local theater. After a recently staged Filipino adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca’s “The House of Bernarda Alba,” Theater House of Black is now staging an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s story “The Fall of the House of Usher” which was first published in 1839.
Entitled “#14 Leandro Road,” this adaptation is a horror story set in the chilly outskirts of Baguio City. “Poe’s short story is about a family whose members long to come out from their gilded cage,” says David. “They struggle to find happiness in their dreams and work towards achieving these, but this is shown using the macabre and the creepy.”
“#14 Leandro Road” as such blurs the line between the real world and the supernatural, as it follows a real estate agent, who is invited by an old friend to visit his house. As the guest spends days in the house, the stories from within unravel, and the long-buried secrets of the family are revealed.
Devised by Jay Crisostomo IV and C.K. Bautista, #14 Leandro Road is directed by Crisostomo, and stars Harry David and Gold Villar, Migui Moreno and Mosang, Gry Gimena and Skyzx Labastilla, Patricia Ismael, Peewee O’Hara, and May Bayot. They are scheduled for six performances at the Power Mac Center Spotlight in Circuit Makati on October 7 and 8. Tickets are at P350 and P600. Contact 0917-6561109, 0917-6381109 for details. ***