Cherie Gil Plays Diana Vreeland in “Full Gallop”

Full Gallop” is a play about  fashion doyenne Diana Vreeland, produced by MyOwn Mann Productions, Inc. and Actor’s Actors  Inc. Written by Mary Louise Wilson and Mark Hampton, “Full Gallop” focuses on the life of the legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland, who stood at the center of American style for five decades. As editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue magazines, and as a member of the International Cafe Society, Diana chronicled the extraordinary people and events of her time. “Full Gallop” is a portrait of this remarkable woman at a turning point in her life.

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“Full Gallop” is set to open with a gala night premiere on March 14, with regular performances on March 15 and 21 at 8:00 p.m. and on March 16 and 23, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. (matinee) at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue corner Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City.

Full Gallop Overview

The one-woman play is set in August 1971 at Diana Vreeland’s Park Avenue apartment. She has just returned home to New York after four months in Europe — a trip she took after being fired from Vogue magazine. She throws an impromptu dinner party in the hope that a wealthy friend who is invited will bankroll her in starting a magazine of her own. Other friends, however, tried to persuade her to take a job at the famed Metropolitan Museum of Art. In her distinctive style, once she decides in which direction her life will move, she goes at it “full gallop.”

The Cast

In a casting coup, Cherie Gil lends her range and patrician demeanor to the woman who was a major force in shaping culture, style, taste and even language for all time.  In a play that is both funny and poignant, “Full Gallop” explores the brilliance of a woman at a crossroad, for whom life can only be lived as a constant parade of adventures.

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“Hi everybody! Welcome to my garden in hell,” greeted us upon Cherie Gil’s arrival at the posh launching place, Salon de Ning in Manila Pen. She is posh, eloquent and spontaneous in Vreeland’s character.

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“Full gallop! I’m very excited and quite nervous. I haven’t yet arrive to RCBC and I feel my heart beating already.”Full Gallop (9)

“What a wonderful gift it is to portray such iconic women and be able to say and speak their words,” says Cherie Gil in the launching of Full Gallop, as she shared to the media her excitement in doing the challenging role that will eventually empower a whole new generation of women.Full Gallop (7)

The Creative Team

The creative team of  “Full Gallop” is composed of Bart Guingona (Director), Joey Mendoza (Set Designer), John Batalla (Lighting Designer),  Rajo Laurel (Costume Designer), and Ruben Nazareth (Hair and Make-up).

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(L-R) Rajo Laurel (Costume Designer), Joey Mendoza (Set Designer), Giselle Toengi and Bart Guingona (Director).

“About 10 years ago, I gave Cherie Gil the script and I said ‘You know, you should do this.’ It’s difficult but it’s really nice. It’s about the former Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland who was an icon in the 70s. In fact she’s influential, the things she made popular were blue jeans. She loved blue jeans. More than that, it’s a layered play about the philosophy behind fashion, about a life that was lived during the most turbulent years of the 20th century, and most of all it’s really about resilience because it happened when she was actually fired from Vogue,” opens Director Bart Guingona as he introduces the fashion icon’s life, work, passion and transcendence in what we think of as “fashion.”Full Gallop (6)

“We keep bumping into each other until she finally decided to do it. Cherie Gil makes it perfect for the role because she is a really great character actress and Diana Vreeland was a colorful character.” It’s Director Bart who actually pushed the veteran actress to portray the character. Gil wasn’t into theater then.

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Fashion designer Rajo Laurel will be dressing Cherie Gil as Dianna Vreeland for the entire play.

Fashion designer Rajo Laurel will be dressing Cherie Gil as Dianna Vreeland for the entire play. “As a designer and a lover of fashion, knowing her as a designer that had so much influence to many people. I encourage everybody, young and old, to understand the history of what she has given fashion as a form. More than that, I’m grateful that I am being part of this. We’re all good friends and being able to collaborate and synergize with them is really a blessing,” says Rajo about being grateful in working with an icon like Cherie Gil.

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Ms. Giselle Toengi is also set for a special participation. “I don’t know much about Dianna Vreeland. But I want to work with the living legend. I’d never worked with Cherie Gil, she’s a good friend of mine and in any opportunity that I can get to work  with her brilliance, I will. So that’s why I’m here in full support of Full Gallop,” adds G as she will be playing an offstage voice.

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“Beyond the fashion, the glamour, and maybe people would even like to think on the superficiality of it, the best part about this whole idea of creating and being about Diana is, because here comes the woman again who has embodied all that, but in this play the most difficult to be able emanate is the human side of her, through the help of Bart, it’s actually quite poignant. It starts with who she is but again she’s one of those iconic women symbolizing such as strong force of nature. So for that matter, given that I only have 6 nights to put my heart and soul for the past 6 months that I have had to do it, I beg of you to please watch,” delightfully ends Cherie Gil upon encouraging people to visit the theater for this exciting portrayal.

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Ticket prices:
Orchestra center – Php 3,000
Orchestra side – Php 2,000
Balcony & loge – Php 1000

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Come and watch the “Full Gallop!”Part of the proceeds from this gala night will go to Virlanie Foundation’s project of building houses in Negros area affected by super typhoon Yolanda.

Tickets for the regular nights are at P1500 for orchestra center, P1000 for orchestra and loge, and P600 for balcony. For ticket inquiries, call 215-0788 or 0917-5378313. Tickets are also available through Ticket World at 891-9999 or www.ticketworld.com.ph.

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