By: Throy Catan
BROADWAY musical, M. Butterfly, celebrates its 30th Anniversary. Because of this, Tony Award Winner, Jhett Tolentino; and Frontrow Entertainment presents a new production of the said play in the Philippines.
It stars Lee O’ Brian, Norman McLeod, Mayen Estañero, Rica Nepomuceno, Maya Encila, Pinky Amador, Olivier Borten as the French Diplomat, René Gallimard; and RS Francisco as the Peking opera singer, Song Liling.
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HAPPY 08-08 BIRTHDAY to our MOST BELOVED #Frontrow President, RS Francisco! We love you infinitely! And on his birthday, siya pa ang may gift sa ating lahat! We are inviting you to come and watch David Henry Hwang's "M. BUTTERFLY", opening on September 13 and will run until September 30 at MAYBANK PERFORMING ARTS THEATER, BGC ARTS CENTER, BONIFACIO GLOBAL CITY. Produced by Frontrow Entertainment and Jhett Tolentino, directed by Kanakan-Balintagos, and starring RS Francisco, together with Olivier Borten, Lee O'Brian, Norman McLeod, Maya Encila and Ms. Pinky Amador. PLAYDATES: Sept. 13 – Thursday – Gala Opening Night – 8 pm (By invitation only) Sept. 14 – Friday – 8 pm Sept. 15 – Saturday – 3 pm / 8 pm Sept. 16 – Sunday – 3 pm / 8 pm Sept. 18 – Tuesday – 8 pm Sept. 19 – Wednesday – 8 pm Sept. 20 – Thursday – 8 pm Sept. 21 – Friday – 8 pm Sept. 22 – Saturday – 3 pm / 8 pm Sept. 23 – Sunday – 3 pm / 8 pm Sept. 25 – Tuesday – 8 pm Sept. 27 – Thursday – 8 pm Sept. 28 – Friday – 8 pm Sept. 29 – Saturday – 3 pm / 8 pm Sept. 30 – Sunday – 3 pm / 8 pm This re-staging of M. Butterfly will be 100% non-profit. Net proceeds from each performance will be dedicated to ONE particular charitable institution or organization geared towards education and the arts. For tickets, call TicketWorld Manila at 8919999, or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph. The ticket prices are as follows: Zone 1: P2,000 Zone 2: P1,750 Zone 3: P1,500 Zone 4: P1,250 Zone 5: P1,000 For further inquiries, please contact ISHA GERMENTIL at 0917-6233834. Help Direk RS and the whole M. Butterfly Manila team help others! See you in September 🦋 #MButterflyMNL
In his interview on a TV show, Pipol, RS Francisco told about his experience when he was part of Dulaang UP‘s M Butterfly, “… One time, may ginawa akong play sa Dulaang UP sa Diliman. Ang title po ng dulang ito ay M. Butterfly.
“After noong opening night, inabutan ako ni Sir Tony Mabesa ng paycheck. Doon ako nagulat na parang ‘Bakit ako binabayaran?’ Ang unang reaction ko nga, ‘No, no, no, sir. Hindi mo ako kailangan bayaran kasi gusto ko ang ginagawa ko.’
“Sabi niya, ‘No, no. You deserve it.’ So, doon ko na lang na-realize na, ‘Ah, okay. Puwede pala akong kumita bilang isang aktor at mabuhay bilang isang aktor sa entablado.” RS Francisco said.
RS recalled his hardships in life after he founded his company, Frontrow, “Pero dahil hindi ako nag-graduate, pumasok ako sa SM, nagtinda ako ng mga sapatos… Nagtrabaho ako sa Binondo, sa isang warehouse ng mga telahan.
“Naalala ko, ang unang suweldo ko po noon is P1,800 a month. Para sa akin, laking-laki na ako doon, kasi ang kinikita ko sa mga play, P125,” He said.
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"Success is a process. But these days, everything is so quick. Even with dating and Tinder or Grindr. Some millennials feel like they’re entitled to an instant result. That’s going to be your enemy in networking. If you expect that to happen, don’t waste your money. There’s a process of building yourself, your team, and then the checks come in" – RS Francisco. Happy 08.08 birthday to our dearest #Frontrow president and business partner, Direk RS! 🎂 We love you to the moon and stars, and back! ❤️
Now, RS Francisco is one of the founders of Frontrow Enterprise Philippines, Inc. together with his business partner, Samuel Verzosa. Frontrow is a direct selling company in the health, beauty, and wellness industry in the Philippines.
The new productions of M. Butterfly will be directed by Kanakan Balintagos (director of Pisay, Busog and Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros). The play runs from September 13-30 at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater in Bonifacio Global City. Buy your tickets online.
M. Butterfly is a play by David Henry Hwang which loosely based on the relationship between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Shi Pei Pu, a Peking opera singer. The play premiered on Broadway in 1988 and won the 1988 Tony Award for Best Play.
For more information, visit the M. Butterfly’s official Facebook page.