A modern version of the Charles Dickens Classic
THEATRE GUILD OF ANCON
Thursday – Saturday, the last 2 weekends of April
April 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and May 1st
All shows at 8:00pm
All proceeds go to support the Theater Guild of Ancon’s
ANNIVERSARY FACELIFT CAMPAIGN
It’s our anniversary!! This year the Theater Guild turns 60 and we are celebrating by opening our season with our own modern adaptation of the great Charles Dickens classic, GREAT EXPECTATIONS.
Phillip Pirrip, known to his friends and not-so-loved ones as Pip, is a VHS store clerk with great ambition and relentless soul, stuck in the trappings of being a young adult in the 1990’s. Despite the support from his best friend, the bubbly and loving Biddy, his heart only has room for one person: the beautiful, elusive Estella. Spanning over thirty years, from the 1980’s when a deeply traumatizing event plants the seed of insecurity in a young Pip to the point where he meets Estella, niece of the devilishly charming Miss Havisham, the cat-and-mouse game of these star-crossed lovers will stand the test of time, distance and the world around them, against all odds. Will Pip and Estella ever be together? Will Miss Havisham and the evil Magwitch have their way and prevent them from finding love? But most importantly, what happens when the unstoppable force meets the immovable object?
An homage to movies and the people who love them, this adaptation of “Great Expectations” has been put through a pop-culture filter with references to “He-Man,” “Star Wars,” “Say Anything,” TROMA and many more.
BEHIND THE SCENES:
Written and directed by Panamanian writer Rob Riveria and produced by Kimberly Hall, this one-of-a-kind production will feature the creative talents of a wide variety of artists, from designers to illustrators, musicians and more. An homage to movies and the people who love them, this adaptation of “Great Expectations” has been put through a pop-culture filter with references to “He-Man,” “Star Wars,” “Kubrick” and many more.
Rob Rivera is a writer/promoter who’s published various works of fiction in Spanish and English both in Panama and internationally, nowadays enjoying his position as one of the most important Panamanian bloggers and columnists online. He has also made a mark in Panamanian culture with his brainchild, the Porto Diao project, a creative think-tank with a specialty in viral marketing as well as concerts, events and promoting out-of-the-ordinary happenings all over Panama City. Porto Diao strives to make way for culture in new, innovative ways for young and old. www.portodiao.com
The Theatre Guild is proud to have two extremely talented young up-and-coming local actors as leads. After enjoying her popular role as a host for the Travel Panama channel Betty Chemier (ESTELLA) returns to the stage in ravishing role. Andres Clemente (PIP) is back to the stage after his successful leading role in PAC’s 2009 production of Strangely Familiar.
PIP Andres Clemente
ESTELLA Betty Chemier
YOUNG PIP Diego Riley
YOUNG ESTELLA Page Tazewell
BIDDY Kari King
MAGWITCH Dan Heinrichs
MISS HAVISHAM Nancy Niemi
JOE Matthew Addis
JAGGERS Fernando Dreyfus
With special appearances by:
Tony Loew and Ricardo Agurcia
ABOUT THE THEATER GUILD
The Theatre Guild of Ancon was founded in 1950 by a group of Panamanian and American citizens who were interested in developing English language theatre in Panama. Our productions run the gamut of the theatrical spectrum – from modern, controversial dramas, to comedies and family entertainment, to musicals. Our stage has been the first step for performers such as Robert Loggia and Ruben Blades, and for successful directors such as Bruce Quinn.
The vision of the Theater Guild is to redefine the spirit of community theatre in Panama, while maintaining the actor as artisan tradition; promote the performing arts, provide a stage for performers to present their works in any language, and to instill the principles of excellence in all actors, directors and technical personnel in Panama.