Being bitter never tasted this good! After almost a year, one of the country’s top plays is back. Kapeng Barako Club (KBC): Samahan ng mga Bitter. Staged in cafes, KBC is set to please kape lovers once more starting this September 6, 2014. The first show will happen at Third Cup Cafe, one of the premier, go-to coffee shops in Rosa Alvero Street, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.
This Palanca Award-winning play is written and directed by Juan Ekis, who is previously known for his other Palanca winning play “Twenty Questions” which went viral in the Internet. The playwright shares with us that he “just wanted to stage a play with the title Kapeng Barako Club: Samahan ng mga Bitter. I didn’t know yet what it was going to be about. But I just knew I wanted to write about the types of people and they types of coffee they love and how their personalities are reflected in their drinks.”
KBC is the longest-running show presented by Arts and Culture Asia (ACASIA), a non-profit organization aimed at cultivating the crafts of thespians and showcasing their talents across different venues. “ACASIA’s advocacy is to teach artists how to manage their talents wisely and open avenues for them to show it and them being a part of KBC is one of it. Nestled in a natural setting (coffee shops), coffee drinkers get to enjoy a play like this. Think of it as if you’re eavesdropping. It’s actually fun!” says ACASIA’s Managing Director and one of KBC’s lead actors, Ms. Daianne Moreno.
KBC unfolds the story of a group of coffee-loving friends who don’t believe in love but in reality, each one is dying to experience being loved.
The characters include Joel, a freelance artist who struggle to confess his love for Anna; Anna, an accounts executive and Joel’s best friend; Masi, a vocalist for a band and engaged to Ed who is Anna’s former love interest; Eric, a consulting firm manager who finds it hard to express his true feelings for Masi. Interestingly, Masi has feelings for Eric too.; Stef, a commercial model who’s back from her studies in Russia; Marlowe, a coffee shop owner; and Sunshine, a cheerful barista at Marlowe’s cafe.
Kapeng Barako Club is presented by Third Cup Cafe and CornWorld. Ticket price is P500 with 1 free drink. Because of the size of the venue, only 40 seats are available during play night.