Suicide, Incorporated: A Play that Speaks to All

Every 40 seconds, someone in the world takes his/her own life.

Twin Bill Theater brings another thought-provoking production with the Asian premiere of Suicide, Incorporated, a dark comedy that tackles the taboo topic of suicide. Writer Andrew Hinderaker (Penny Dreadful) pens an unusual and almost not-impossible take on the bizarre world of outsourced services. The “incorporation” in focus is Legacy Letters, an OSP (outsourced service provider—as the corporate world calls it) that assists clients in crafting suicide notes.

The beginning’s s’posed to grab ya.

Scott (Jeremy Domingo), the owner, means business and even wants to tap the sleeping market of male suicides. Scott has two employees, Perry (Chino Veguillas), the bibo ass-kisser, and Jason (Hans Eckstein), the new-hire who struggles in handling his first suicidal client, Norm (Mako Alonso). When Jason’s not in the office, he’s at home talking to his brother Tommy (Bibo Reyes), a college student with problems of his own.

Jason (Hans Eckstein) and Tommy (Bibo Reyes) on one side; Scott (Jeremy Domingo) and the detective (Chino Veguillas) on the other. In Twin Bill Theater's staging of Andrew Hinderaker's "Suicide, Incorporated"

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Singing The Revolution: Green Day’s American Idiot Review

Cast of American idiot Credits to: Samantha Godinez Valenciano

Picture this: You’re resting from walking your dog in the parks of Bonifacio Global City. You notice the HD LED billboards and you wish you have those at home to watch Game of Thrones. And while you wait for the dear baristas to finish crafting your Jamba Juice, you hear a familiar electric guitar riff. Then the drums kick in. It’s the first few bars of Green Day’s song “American Idiot.”

Globe and 9WT's American Idiot - Holiday Scenes
American Idiot is a feast for the eyes (and ears).
The South East Asian première of Green Day’s American Idiot breaks barriers as it brings the theater experience outside of a regular theater. The show transforms the BGC High Street Amphitheater to a humongous theater-slash-concert stage where Filipino talent and technology converge to bring entertainment and the arts to the public. Personally, I haven’t seen anything like the American Idiot stage. When I first arrived at the venue, I was immediately amazed at the scale of this production—the first of its kind in the Philippines. Two super high-definition billboards tower on both sides of the stage. LED screens shaped like lightning skyscrapers on center stage serve as dynamic backdrop. Three-level scaffolding on both sides of the stage becomes the cast’s playground, strategically placed to give height and depth to the biggest outdoor theater stage I’ve ever seen. No kidding! Having witnessed it firsthand, it’s really really impressive.

Globe and 9WT's American Idiot - The Stage
Rockers’ playground. Wow.
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Songs to Watch Out for in Green Day’s American Idiot

9 Works Theatrical and Globe Telecom are partnering to give you Green Day’s American Idiot. And we won’t have to wait very long to witness this amazing theater experience. But before its opening night this June 24, let’s take a listen at some of the songs that I’m most looking forward to listening live.

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Green Day’s American Idiot to Set Stage on June 24!

9 Works Theatrical and Globe Telecom are partnering to give you Green Day’s American Idiot. That’s right, for the first time ever Globe is co-producing (and not sponsoring!) a theater production with 9WT nonetheless. I attended the press conference last May and I was lucky to be one of the first to witness the talent set to rock Manila this June 24. Check out a snippet of their performance of “21 Guns” below. I had goosies you guys!

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Why Try Theater Workshops

Theater workshops might not be the top of mind summer activity for your kids (if you have kids), for your siblings and even for you. Well, that was the case for me. I wasn’t really exposed to performance arts when I was younger. I had only been enrolled in a summer swimming class once. Maybe the reason’s financial or that summer classes aren’t as easy to find back in my day (90s HAHA excuse me). My only “experience” in theater then was being cast as a bird in Aladdin in fourth grade. I got sick so I didn’t really make it to the show. *sighs*

My first theater workshop was in April-May 2014 under 9 Works Theatrical. I got hooked instantly that I enrolled the next year again. Needless to say, I loved it!

Here’s a few of my main reasons why you should TRY theater workshops.

This image was from our last year’s showcase Lucky Stiff. Fun times!

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