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swear not by the moon

"Stunning, funny, thoughtful, heart-wrenching. Swear Not By The Moon is a must-see"
-RM Urquico, Audience Member .

"In a way, the gender bender is not that bold of an idea (it has been done before), but coupled with the restrictions in space, [Swear Not by the Moon] makes for an interesting theater experience. [...] The unique stage design also gave rise to smart lighting and blocking decisions."

- Eliza Victoria, Writer 

Photo Credit: Blonski Cruz & Eliza Victoria

swear not by the moon was a re-envisioning of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet through the gender lens. More than just a mere reiteration of the love story component of the plot, our approach to the classic drama highlighted the play’s discourse of gender representations, reversals, and dynamics in an attempt to challenge, dissect, reimagine, and reconfigure the spectrum of masculinity and femininity as implied in Shakespeare’s text.  


This production assembled an ensemble of four actors (two females and two males) to take on the 27+ roles required by the play, creating a more intimate performance atmosphere. A twist in the set-up also required Romeo to be played by a female actor, and Juliet to be played by a male actor, in order to go deeper into the complex gender reversal of the main characters. The ensemble also employed the use of a neutral mask through a shaved head or shortened hair, which allowed them to arrive at an empty and unbiased state of mind, aiding them to change into complete, distinct, and nuanced personas. Given the aforementioned demands, the outcome of Swear Not by the Moon does not resemble a typical, formal restaging of Shakespearean theater. Instead, it resulted into a highly engaging piece of physical theater.

Research & Development Period: August- November 2015

Performance Period: December 2015-January 2016

Venue: Institute of Women's Studies, Manila, Philippines

Director: Jenny Logico-Cruz

Musical Director: Rona de Castro

Production Manager: Czarina Sarte

Scenographers/ Technical Directors: Jenny Logico-Cruz, Blonski Cruz, & JP dela Rosa

Dramaturge: Alekxandra Toyhacao

Costume Designer: Aliana Encarnacion

Lighting Designer: Dyan Tuble

Stage Manager: Gaya dela Rosa

Assistant Stage Manager: Clarice Tuble

Technical Assistant: Christienne Rodriguez

Technical Consultant: Joey Mendoza

Marketing Consultant: Waise Azimi


Joel Garcia- Juliet

Jacq Nacu-Garcia- Romeo

Anna Karenina Salgado- Ensemble

Neil Raagas- Ensemble

Director's Note

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