The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat proudly presents Philadelphia, Here I Come! for the third time in 2013. The witty comedy drama directed by Joe Hasham OAM. In this adaptation of Philadelphia, Here I Come, we see a picture of middle class Malaysia in Danny Tan, born in Cheras and raised by his father who runs a kedai runcit (sundry shop). Danny is at a cross road. Feeling unfulfilled and unloved, he is searching but unsure. He finally decides to take up his aunt’s offer to join her in Philadelphia and start anew there, leaving behind a former love and an uncommunicative father. But is the grass really greener on the other side?
The genius of Brian Friel is in creating two sides of Danny Tan – the public persona, to be played Jon Chew (Youth Award, SHORT+ SWEET Malaysia 2012) and his alter ego, to be played by Qahar Aqilah (Best Actor, SHORT+SWEET Malaysia 2008). Also in the cast are theatre giants and iconic Malaysians Patrick Teoh and Dato’ Faridah Merican as well as other well-know names like Sandra Sodhy, Radhi Khalid and Lim Soon Heng.