Thursday, January 20, 2011

Repertory Philippines Presents “The Joy Luck Club”

In celebration of the Chinese New Year this February, Repertory Philippines brings the 1989 best-selling novel of Amy Tan entitled The Joy Luck Club to the Onstage Theater, 2nd floor, Greenbelt 1 Mall,Makati City. The play will run from February 4-20, 2011.

The play follows the struggle of four Chinese women who migrated in US who usually meet for a mahjong game and named their group the Joy Luck Club. Each mother has American-born daughters which has a growing generation and cultural gap between them. We will discover the funny and touching side of each mother on how they build relationship with their daughters.

The powerhouse cast includes:


Suyuan Woo (Rebecca Chuaunsu)
Haunted by the memory of her twin baby daughters that she left behind in China when she escaped the invading Japanese forces during World War II.

An-Mei Hsu (Pinky Marquez)
An-Mei’s own mother committed suicide to give her a better life. When An-Mei immigrates to America and starts a family of her own, one of her sons drowns and dies.

Lindo Jong (Frances Makil)
Cleverly escaped from an arranged marriage in China when she was only a teenager.

Ying-Ying "Betty" St. Clair (Jay Glorioso)
Ying-Ying has become a passive woman from repressing her own true self and suffering from an abusive marriage.


Jing-Mei "June" Woo (Ana Abad Santos)
Unable to understand her mother while growing up, Jing-Mei finally makes peace with her relationship to her mother when she discovers the personal hardships that her mother endured.

Rose Hsu Jordan (Jenny Jamora)
Rose is fast becoming a victim to a lopsided divorce proceeding until her mother makes her realize that she should claim what is rightfully hers.

Waverly Jong (Cris Villonco)
Independent and intelligent, Waverly is trapped by the fear of disappointing her mother. The pair reach a breakthrough just as Waverly is about to marry.

Lena St. Clair (Lily Chu)
Lena had become conditioned to be a passive person from her own mother’s passivity. With help from her mother, she eventually learns to take a stand.

Repertory Philippines presentation of The Joy Luck Club was directed by Anton Juan, adapted by Susan Kim, costume design is by Eric Pineda with set design by Ohm David and lighting design by John Ilao Batalla.

After The Joy Luck Club, Repertory Philippines will be staging Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps, on March 4 to 20, and Shakespeare in Hollywood on April 1 to 7. 2011. For ticket inquiries and other information, call Repertory Philippines at 571-6926 and 571-4941 or email Tickets also available at Ticketworld at 891-9999 or

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