Tami Monsod is enjoying Vivian Bearing in Twin Bill Theater’s ongoing manufacturing of Margaret Edson’s “Wit,” a play a couple of college professor’s evaluation of her relationships, or lack thereof, as she faces imminent death.
Previously tailored into a made-for-TV film starring Emma Thompson, the one act-play gained a Pulitzer Prize in 1999. Twin Bill’s manufacturing is directed by Steven Conde, who additionally helmed “My Name is Asher Lev” and “Once Upon a Mattress” this yr.
Similar to her character, Monsod additionally teaches (theater to highschool college students at International School Manila) and has a grasp’s diploma.
The lure of theater got here from “wanting to see stories happen in real time,” she says. “I really like tales.
“As an adolescent, I used to be first drawn to ‘story staging’ whereas watching the eccentric Behn Cervantes direct my mother on the University of the Philippines.”
Her mother is famous economist and Inquirer columnist Solita Monsod, additionally identified by her TV nickname, Mareng Winnie.
But approach earlier than that, as a baby, she refused to eat dinner until her maternal grandmother got here up with a narrative on the spot.
“Due to her improv skills, I didn’t starve,” she remembers. “I also learned from my father who used marvelous, merciless mimicry in his dinner jokes. He could tell a story about a cockroach and make it so tragic we’d cry.”
Though she took an appearing class in school after avoiding appearing in highschool, she went on to work as an Economics and Spanish trainer.
But theater saved inserting itself again into her life; she was recruited to direct theater artists Joonee Gamboa and Roy Alvarez (“I saw them take badly written text that they edited as they acted, massaging it this way and that, until the wonderful story underneath pulsed to life”) and spent years of writing and staging exhibits for her parish church “as a hobby.”
Stumbled into appearing
Her instructing colleagues seen her bent, and inspired her to show theater.
“Realizing I was in it for the long haul, I took a master’s at UP for formal grounding,” she says. “At UP, I saw a notice for auditions and stumbled into acting.”
It wasn’t simple in the start. She remembers rehearsing a Shakespeare play, and “our director, the sensible Jonas Sebastian, was exasperated at my imprecise use of the iambic pentameter. I used to be sluggish at getting it. He stated to me, in entrance of the solid, co-actor who was my former pupil was ‘much better’ at it than I used to be.
“I might hear my ego cracking in the following quiet.”
She resolved to work tougher. “I realized very quick after that. When the play opened, Jonas singled me out in his Director’s Notes in the memento program, praising me. I used to be floored.
“That relationship was an unforgettable lesson and an honor. He handed away just lately. Now I want I had praised him, too.”
Monsod is a 2014 Philstage Gawad Buhay recipient for her work in Repertory Philippines’ “August: Osage County.” And whereas she’s acted for teams similar to Dulaang UP, Actor’s Actors Inc. and New Voice Company, instructing theater has at all times been fixed.
“I’ve taught theater ever since. I’ve had many, many students I now count as dear friends. My students are my inspiration.”
In “Wit,” she is joined by Sheila Francisco (“Rabbit Hole,” “August: Osage County”), Mikkie Bradshaw-Volante (“Fun Home”), Raymund Concepcion, Jillian Ita-as, Francis Matheu and Bibo Reyes. —CONTRIBUTED
“Wit” runs till May three at Mandell Hall Auditorium, Trinity University of Asia, E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave., Quezon City. Visit Ticketworld.com.ph or www.fb.com/TwinBillTheater.
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