When one thinks about watching a play, going to a theater, wearing semi-formal clothes, and not being allowed to eat during the performance are things that would most likely be top of mind. However, this theater company and their maiden performance will make even millenials rethink how plays can be staged.
Try to picture this scenario: What if one day, you visit your favorite bakery spot, and you're greeted by a theater-like arrangement, from the sound system to the stage props, but you'll still be able to order your favorite coffee and cake? Then while having coffee, actors begin to enter the "stage," and recite their lines?
Yes you read it right: You can actually watch a play in the comforts of your favorite eating spot, with Twin Bill Theater paving the way to bring this art closer to the younger and tech-savvy generation. With this approach, patrons need not comply with strict dress codes and can come in their most comfortable attires.
In line with founder Francis Matheu’s goal of making theater more accessible, he said during the preview night of Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, their maiden offering, that they chose to hold the performance in a bakery to make it more intimate and personal.
Their maiden offering is no slouch, what with the characters’ resemblance to Charles Schultz’s Peanuts, and the way the play tackles social issues ranging from bullying to suicide. From CB’s constant questioning about life after death, Matt’s contradicting personality, to Beethoven’s abusive past, every character in Dog Sees God represents the attitude and personality of most (if not all) millennials. Even the scenes where the characters are busy with their smartphones also depict the tech-craziness of millennials, a characteristic that even compromises their way of seeing things.
The play may be an "unauthorized parody," but the way playwright Bert Royal wrote the story would make even the most avid Peanuts fan rethink how its beloved characters could be seen in a different light. By adding some twists to the characters (who are all based on the original Peanuts cast), Dog Sees God transforms them into teenagers dealing with various issues that fans and non-fans of Peanuts can easily relate to.
Through this out-of-the-box approach to theater, Matheu and the rest of the Twin Bill Theater team want to prove that even plays are adapting to the millennial lifestyle as well. One does not need to go to a theater to see compelling performances, and these performances need minimal props to impress the audience: The actor's antics and line delivery can very well entertain the audience as they sip their cup of coffee.
So the next time you come by your favorite hangout spot for coffee or cakes, expect the unexpected. Who knows, your next coffee destination might also be the venue of a theatrical play.
You can still catch Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead on February 26 at Staple and Perk Bakery, Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati. For tickets, contact +63927-4604652.
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