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