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MCS AlumKnights to stage ‘Talking With’

(MCS) — The tagline, “What happens when people stop being polite, and start getting real,” used for MTV’s The Real World, could very well apply to tonight’s production of “Talking With,” a series of monologues inspired by the original play of the same title by Jane Martin.

1992 AlumKnight Marissa Flores rehearses her piece for “Talking With.”  MCS photo
Tonight’s show, while not polite due to its mature content, will be no less riveting and moving as seven women take the stage to give voice to seven unique characters with funny, emotional, and very real stories.

Featuring Mount Carmel School AlumKnights and parents of current Knights, the production is the brainchild of 1989 AlumKnight, Yvonne “Boni” R. Pangelinan. The idea came to her in December last year when the school launched its “Save the Stage” campaign to repair and renovate the school’s historic stage, where the CNMI Covenant and Constitution were signed. Watching the school’s Christmas program, at which the campaign was announced, Boni remembered her years performing on the school’s stage. She was inspired to network with other AlumKnights to stage a benefit performance to help with the “Save the Stage” campaign.

Reflecting on this inspiration, Boni said, “I’m happiest when I’m busy creating and giving.” She added, “Whether it’s a dish for my family, getting neck deep in ribbons and tape or doing something for someone who will never be able to repay me, I think that pretty much sums up what being a Knight means to me, service to others and the living expression of religion.”

Over the next several months, Boni assembled a cast of seven actresses, including herself, to take on Jane Martin’s famous play. In addition to Boni, the cast includes 1994 AlumKnight Roxanne Diaz, 1992 AlumKnight Marissa Flores, 1994 AlumKnight Maisie Bermudes Tenorio, 1989 AlumKnight Charlotte Cepeda, parent Linda Muna, and 1990 AlumKnight Rosemond Santos. To help the play resonate with a local audience, the cast localized their pieces, and Boni went so far as to write an entirely new piece entitled “Ladypipes.”

When asked about the experience of staging “Talking With,” the cast shared an appreciation for working together on such an important project. Marrisa Flores said, “This path has led me to stand along side these amazing women who, like me, have a story.” Echoing Marissa’s sentiment, Charlotte Cepeda said, “My heart smiles at the meaningful tears and heartfelt laughter shared as we unknowingly yet willingly created lifelong memories while both in and out of character.” Likewise, Maisie Tenorio said, “I will be forever thankful for the amazing women I had the honor of sharing the stage with tonight.”

“Talking With” shows tonight at 7 p. m. at Mount Carmel School’s auditorium in a special “in-the-round” stage. Admission is $20 with proceeds to benefit the school’s “Save the Stage” campaign. Due to the show’s mature content, parental discretion is strongly advised. For more information, call 234-6184, email bherealways@gmail.com, or visit www.mountcarmelsaipan.com.