I’m celebrating my 10th year in theater and I think it’s just fitting to do something that would challenge me as an actor. Although I may have worked hard honing my craft over the years, I still feel like I haven’t done something physically and mentally challenging—you know like dropping pounds in the name of art or perhaps learn a new language (like speak Hebrew). Oh wait,I think I did that once—no, not Hebrew. I had to learn how to speak in karay-a for a role. No? Too local? Well, actually, I have always wanted to do something in Tagalog. I guess it’s because people always tell me I’m bobo with Tagalog. Oh Tagalog! no, you don’t want to f*ck with this language. It is something everybody knows and familiar with, I mean, I understand Tagalog, I speak bits of Tagalog but if I’m going to do something desperate or crazy on stage like portray a Tagalog-speaking-character, I want to make sure it has a heartbeat. I want to make sure I sound legit.
So, this year, as I celebrate ten years of theater, I’m in awe to feel like the universe is conspiring to make this year worth celebrating. Earlier in February, I received a gift from my director. It’s a script of this play I’ve been wanting to perform—I was 2nd year college and we were in Zamboanga for The 2nd National University Theater Festival. And it was my first time to hear about this classic play and since then, I’ve been wanting to do it.
It was February 18, 2014, I was auditioning for WCOPA (World Championship of the performing Arts) and I was summoned inside my director’s office and he presented me a pile of paper and when I saw it, I squeaked, “Tatlong Maria!”. YAY!
So now, it’s been a month since I’ve been reading the script and I think I made a really good progress with it—Thankfully. I finished reading the script with Sir Eric Divinagracia—My Director—today and I’m happy with the plans he kept pitching in during our reading rehearsal. It’s a pleasure to undergo this such awakening process and It’s really nice to go out of your comfort zone and realize that it’s a big world out there waiting to be explored. This is what I like about theater, you don’t stop learning.
I think as an artist, we always aim to become a better version of our yesterday. To see how much we’ve grown, how much we’ve learned, and what you have become. I have always wanted to be that kind of performer who knows what she wants, knows how to get it, and knows how to nail it.
We owe it to ourselves, we owe it to our mentors, we owe it to our art.