BWW Interviews: Steven Silva Talks LA CAGE, Theater Adventures & More
Manila, Philippines--9 Works Theatrical's production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, based on the 1973 French play by Jean Poiret, also the inspiration behind the film "Birdcage," will have a return engagement at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium (RCBC Plaza in Makati City) from August 15 to September 6 with TV star Steven Silva as Jean-Michel, the son of gay couple, Georges (Michael De Mesa) and Albin (Audie Gemora).
Thoughts About Jean-Michel
In an interview with BroadwayWorld.com, Steven shares what he learned from his character, Jean-Michel, Georges and Albin, and the people around them.
"I've learned or relearned that love is love. I found myself watching the scenes between Georges and Albin and forgot the mere fact that they're two men.
"It's their portrayal and the truth they give to their respective roles that reminded me that pure and unadulterated love is the main and only prerequisite for a relationship, and I think people will also see that when they watch this show. Another thing I've learned is that one needs to be true to himself whether people approve of it or not. It's one way to instantly make life more happy and fulfilling."
And like Jean-Michel, Steven is just as comfortable in the presence of gay men. "I am. I think it's admirable how they can almost carry the qualities of both sexes in a single package."
Experiencing, Exploring and Experimenting More
As an actor, Steven has no qualms about taking any roles.
"I think I always have to be open to tackle new and different roles. I read the script and see if the role would give me the chance to grow as an actor and if I could give the role justice."
Winner of reality TV competition "StarStruck" aired on GMA, Steven admits it has been tough since GMA "let him go" recently; but he also embraces the fact that it's also the nature of this business. He's coping.
Life after GMA is definitely interesting for him though. "I'm able to explore a lot more and experiment more in different performing mediums outside of mainstream TV, i.e. musical theater and radio, particularly RX 93.1, where he performs host of a radio show from 2 to 6 a.m.
Adventures in Theaterdom
In 2013, he played one of the newest characters, Sid, in the TV musical "The Boston," a spin-off of "The Kitchen Musical."
According to Steven, the audition for "The Boston" was really nerve-wracking and long, but in the end, it was completely worth it. He went through numerous call backs prior to being included in the final casting of the eight-episode TV series that aired on Lifestyle Network.
Steven's Sid is a soft-spoken pastry chef, one of the more skilled in the kitchen. He's also a metrosexual, who's very particular about his sense of style and physical appearance that others suspect him of being gay.
Musical theater has taught him one important lesson and that is hard work. "There are no shortcuts and my respect goes out to everyone in this line of work because there are countless hours of work and stresses that go into putting up a show."
"Early on, I was really inspired to give theater a try after watching a good friend of mine Gian Magdangal on stage."
9 Works Theatrical's acclaimed new production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES is directed by directed by Robbie Guevara, with scenic and costume design by Mio Infante, and special participation of the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines; choreography by Arnold Trinidad, PJ Rebullida, and Yek Barlongay; musical direction by Joseph Tolentino and Sweet Plantado-Tiongson; lighting design by Martin Esteva; technical direction by Dong Calingacion; hair and makeup design by Myrene Santos; and additional costume execution by Twinkle Zamora.
For tickets and other inquiries, call (632) 586-7105 or (63917) 554-5560, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos: 9 Works Theatrical, Jory Rivera