Mark Bautista first played the role of former president Ferdinand Marcos in the London edition of the stage play Here Lies Love back on October 2014. Because of his excellent performance, he was again tapped to play the role by Seattle Repertory.
Here Lies Love is a rock musical which narrates the controversial life of former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos until she and family were forced to leave the Philippines. It was made through the collaborative efforts between David Byrne and Fatboy Slim.
Mark flew to New York last February 26, and the rehearsals for the play started February 27. He will be staying in New York for at least six months, and the play will be shown at the Bagley Wright Mainstage, Seattle from April 9 to June 18, 2017.
As to what he looks forward to in New York, Mark Bautista says he hopes to meet his idol, CNN correspondence, Anderson Cooper. He previously met the famous new anchor when he was taking a music video directing course in the New York Film Academy last December 2016.
The actor shared that he studied music video directing in New York for one month, and was able to watch one of Anderson Cooper’s shows because their school was connected with CNN. This was how he was able to meet the news anchor, and he recalled being nervous and anxious when he finally met Anderson Cooper.
He also shared that they talked about typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines among other things. The news anchor also asked him about President Rodrigo Duterte, and Mark revealed that he actually voted for the guy, something which Cooper thought was interesting.
Anderson Cooper also gave him a copy of his book, and Mark was even able to meet the news anchor’s partner. The actor also shared that he wants to invite the news anchor to watch his play in Seattle.