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Dulaang UP Stages Jacobean Tragedy The Duchess of Malfi/Ang Dukesa ng Malfi

Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By August 15, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

This September, Dulaang UP continues its tradition of bringing world classics to the Filipino audience through the first major Philippine production of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi. Dark and visceral, The Duchess of Malfi is widely held as the greatest of Webster’s works and the most gripping of the Jacobean tragedies. It has mesmerized and shocked audiences since it was first staged 400 years ago in 1613.

The Duchess of Malfi is renowned for producing what could probably be theatre’s most compelling female protagonist and two of its most twisted villains.

The play follows the story of a recently widowed duchess as she decides to go against her scheming brothers by secretly marrying her personal steward. The discovery of her deception engulfs everyone in a tumultuous and maddening whirlpool of envy, incest, greed, destruction, and death. The characters’ struggle for and against their desires forces us to ask ourselves, “How far will we go for pleasure?”

DUP’s production also features Ang Dukesa ng Malfi as translated into Filipino by Palanca awardee Allan Palileo. The play is adapted and directed by theater icon and DUP Founding Artistic Director Tony Mabesa, well known for his staging of world and Filipino classics. New York-based Obie award winner Clint Ramos and Eric Pineda collaborate for the set and costume design respectively; Choreography by Peter Alcedo, Jr., Lights design by Meliton Roxas, Jr., and Sound design by Jethro Joaquin.

The Duchess of Malfi/Ang Dukesa ng Malfi runs September 11- 29, 2013 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman. For sponsorship and ticket inquiries, please contact the Dulaang UP Office at 926-1349, 981-8500 local 2449 or 433-7840 and look for Ms. Camille Guevarra or Ms. Samanta Clarin.

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Revisiting Battalia Royale – A Dialogue

Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By April 9, 2013 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

If you are a fan of Philippine Theater, and/or the production Battalia Royale, or interested in Contemporary Community Theater and Contemporary Theater Community, Crowdfunding Theater and The Blank Ticket Concept, you may wanna drop by the Pugad Lawin Studio this Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 3PM.

Open to the public meryenda + Talk/dialogue/ kuwentuhan on revisiting Battalia Royale, independent theater, Sipat Lawin Line-up for 2013, Grand Shift to Contemporary Community Theater and Contemporary Theater Community, Crowdfunding Theater and The Blank Ticket Concept. 

Bring meryenda to share! 🙂 Send a private message to confirm attendance. Bring friends!

 For more information, visit the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/458544557548882/

Or connect with Sipat Lawin Ensemble on Facebook.

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Dulaang U.P.’s Collection runs from Feb 13 – Mar 3, 2013

Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By February 1, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

What price do we pay.. when everything is for sale?


What happens to a society that is overrun by greed and materialism? By shifting moral values and by acquisitive desires?

Collection, the much-awaited new work from acclaimed playwright Floy Quintos is a dark comedy that paints a disturbing picture of society obsessed with conspicuous consumption, surface glamour, and the endless, unsatisfying pursuit of the Next Big Thing. Collection closes Dulaang UP‘s 37th Season.

In this artistic vision of a materialist hell, a fictional government agency, the National Commission on the Disposal of Philippine Patrimony, has sanctioned the sale of historical and national treasures like the Banaue Rice Terraces, the Chocolate Hills and the Malolos Constitution. The proceeds go to a national lottery designed to alleviate poverty through dole outs.

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Dulaang UP’s Ang Tagak Photos

Photography, Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By October 4, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Dulaang UP’s second offering on its 37th Season, The Seagull/Ang Tagak, is a compelling discourse about art, life, and love presented through intricate characters and situations in what is widely considered to be master dramatist Anton Chekhov’s greatest work. In the middle of these romantic and artistic conflicts are more elaborately developed characters, a staple of Chekhov’s works. This comedy in four acts effectively discusses themes in art and life that remain relevant in this day and age.

The Seagull/Ang Tagak is directed by the venerable Tony Mabesa. The production stars theater veterans Ana Abad Santos, Frances Makil-Ignacio, Ces Quesada, Leo Rialp, Menggie Cobarrubias, Jeremy Domingo, Alfonso Deza, Stella Cañete Balucas and promising actors Carlo Tarobal, Zafrullah Masahud, Nadine Samonte, and Karen Gaerlan.

It was staged both in English (translation by Tom Stoppard) and Filipino (translated by Rolando Tinio). The production is on its last run this week.

Here are some production photos from the Filipino version October 3rd. (The entire set is HERE.)

** These are photos from Acts 1 through 4.

Dulaang UP's Ang Tagak

Dulaang UP's Ang Tagak

Dulaang UP's Ang Tagak

Dulaang UP's Ang Tagak

Dulaang UP's Ang Tagak

Dulaang UP's Ang Tagak

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Dulaang UP’s The Seagull Photos

Photography, Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By October 1, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

Dulaang UP’s second offering on its 37th Season, The Seagull/Ang Tagak, is a compelling discourse about art, life, and love presented through intricate characters and situations in what is widely considered to be master dramatist Anton Chekhov’s greatest work. In the middle of these romantic and artistic conflicts are more elaborately developed characters, a staple of Chekhov’s works. This comedy in four acts effectively discusses themes in art and life that remain relevant in this day and age.

The Seagull/Ang Tagak is directed by the venerable Tony Mabesa. The production stars theater veterans Ana Abad Santos, Frances Makil-Ignacio, Ces Quesada, Leo Rialp, Menggie Cobarrubias, Jeremy Domingo, Alfonso Deza, Stella Cañete Balucas and promising actors Carlo Tarobal, Zafrullah Masahud, Nadine Samonte, and Karen Gaerlan.

It was staged both in English (translation by Tom Stoppard) and Filipino (translated by Rolando Tinio). The English adaptation had its run last week, and this week will be the last run for the Filipino adaptation.

Here are some production photos from the English adaptation’s opening last September 24th. (The entire set is HERE.)

DUP's The Seagull (English cast)

DUP's The Seagull (English cast)

DUP's The Seagull (English cast)

DUP's The Seagull (English cast)

DUP's The Seagull (English cast)

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PETA’s BONA – August 24 to Sept 23, 2012

Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By August 16, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Bona, a film about a young schoolgirl played by Nora Aunor who became a die-hard fan of Gardo, a wannabe actor portrayed by Philip Salvador, reemerges this August as Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) opens its 45th theater season.

Originally directed by National Artist for Film and one of PETA’s founding members Lino Brocka and written by Cenen Ramones, was also an official entry in the 1981 Cannes International Film Festival Director’s Fortnight and was cited as one of the “100 Best Films of the World” by The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.

Aunor’s portrayal of Bona won her the Best Actress Award in the 1980 Gawad Urian Awards.

Layeta Bucoy, who wrote the stage adaptation, shares her insight about the difference of the new Bona to the film: “Eugene’s Bona is more empowered; she is financially independent and even supports her family. [Eugene, as Bona], I believe, has the stamina, range, and imagination for a physically and emotionally taxing role.”(1)

Set in contemporary Manila, PETA’s stage adaptation of Bona revolves around Eugene Domingo, a spinster call center agent who sees the televised pitiful background of Gino Sanchez immediately becomes a fan of the Star of Tomorrow wannabe. In her desire to help him jumpstart his showbiz career, she gives him everything she has and turns her back to everything she values. Blinded by her belief in him, she allows all his faults to freely slide as she finds herself drowning in the surreal quicksand of worship and pity where manipulation blurs the line between prey and predator, the dismissive god and the faithful worshiper.

Director: Soxie Topacio
Writer: Layeta Bucoy
Music: Teresa Barroso
Cast: Eugene Domingo, Edgar Allan Guzman, Phil Noble, Joey Paras, Jeff Henson-Dee, She Maala, Olive Nieto, Dudz Teraña, Junevir Tabor, Juliene Mendoza, Raffy Tejada, Jason Barcial, BJ Forbes, and Anna Luna

You may visit the PETA Theater’s website for detailed information on the performance schedules, and who to contact. The schedule is found here: http://petatheater.com/shows/items/bona/  

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Karay-A Arts Festival San Jose, Antique Oct 19-21, 2012

Music, Music and Arts, Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By August 15, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , 1 Comment

I saw this post from a dear friend of mine whom I am absolutely a fan of, Diwa de Leon, and got to know more about culture and the arts in the province of Antique. I must say I was overly ecstatic about the entire thing. So ecstatic that I am now thinking of making it to this festival. What’s not to love about it? It’s got arts and theater and ethnic music! I am soooo looking forward to this!

FEATURED ARTISTS AND EVENTS OF 6TH KARAY-A ARTS FESTIVAL,
October 19-21, San Jose, Antique

OCT 19
JEROME MALIC, Painting Workshop for Kids, 8-12 am
Wall Painting Competition @ the Alley
PETER SOLIS NERY, Gugma sa Panahon sang Bakunawa, 6pm
DIWA DE LEON & THE HEGALONG PROJECT, 8pm

OCT 20
ETHNIC MUSIC WORKSHOP with Diwa De Leon, 8-12am
GUTIERREZ MANGANSAKAN, Limbunan, 6pm
MASKARA THEATER ENSEMBLE, USLS Bacolod, 8pm

OCT 21
B-BOYING WORKSHOP, 8-12am
KANLAON THEATER GUILD, Circulo, 4pm
TEATRO BURULAKAW, University of Antique-Tibiao, “Langkay kang Kabuhi” 6pm
LUWALAYBAY/closing ceremony featuring TEATRO SAN ANTONIO, HIRAYA THEATER COMPANY, PPSA PERFORMING ARTS GROUP, DLC LITTLE BALLERINAS

All performances and screenings at Ricarze St.; all workshops at Datu Lubay Center Dance Studio.



About

Datu Lubay Center, Inc. promotes culture and arts education as a tool for empowerment and social change. It is envisioned to be the leading center in arts education, production, promotion, and cultural research in Antique.

Mission

To promote culture and arts education as a tool for empowerment and social change. It is envisioned to be the leading center in arts education, production, promotion, and cultural research in Antique.

Company Overview

Cultural organization involved in arts education, museums, and events.

Products
Balay ni Datu Lubay Toys Museum
Arts & Dance Studio
Hiraya Theater Company
Cultural Caravan

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Datu Lubay Center Inc.
201-203 Pinnacle Business Center, Ricarze St, 5700 San Jose, Antique, Philippines
Phone: (036) 540 8731
Email: datulubay@yahoo.com
Website: http://datulubaycenter.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Datu-Lubay-Center-Inc/133375763346749

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Dulaang U.P.’s The Seagull/Ang Tagak – 37th Season

Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By August 14, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , 2 Comments

I’m feeling all bummed out, fatigued and not really in the best of moods right now. Two days I have been going through Facebook liking things I see and wanting to share them but I was just really, let’s say, poofed, for the lack of more original terms.

But I see this trailer of Dulaang U.P.’s upcoming play – The Seagull/Ang Tagak by Anton Chekhov and it’s enough to make me jump up in my seat.

I am an absolute Chekhov fan.

Before I was this and that, and this and that, I was a Biology major undergraduate. Dexter Santos, also then still an undergraduate, was supposed to give a directing workshop to the members and applicants of UP Repertory Company one Saturday morning. He and I waited at the venue for two hours for the supposed participants. None came. So we decided to just head over to the Tanghalang Hermogenes Ylagan (THY) at the Faculty Center of UP Diliman where Three Sisters was on.

It had Frances Makil-Ignacio, Miren Alvarez, Chol del Corro, Tommy Abuel, Paolo Fabregas, Fonz Deza, Camilla Kim, Edna Mae Landicho and also one of my favorite professors Amiel Leonardia, acting in an adaptation directed by no less than Anton Juan, in the intimate setting of the THY in a cruciform configuration.

There is not a lot of plays that move me. Sometimes I would get moved by just how fantastic the visuals are, or the light design, or the music, or the movement, but that play, had none of the  flamboyance and was very raw yet very subdued. I was moved to tears.

I can still remember every bit of it. Astounding, considering how good my Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind skills have become after much practice.

And when I became a Theater major graduate student, the more I fell in love with Chekhov. So much so that my mentor would tend to remember me every time a Chekhov play is on in the metro.

And there you go, a Chekhov play. Please Sir Tony, make it good, make it good…

A seagull is shot and everything unravels.

Dulaang UP’s second offering on its 37th Season, The Seagull/Ang Tagak, is a compelling discourse about art, life, and love presented through intricate characters and situations in what is widely considered to be master dramatist Anton Chekhov’s greatest work. In the middle of these romantic and artistic conflicts are more elaborately developed characters, a staple of Chekhov’s works. This comedy in four acts effectively discusses themes in art and life that remain relevant in this day and age.

The Seagull/Ang Tagak is directed by the venerable Tony Mabesa, and will be staged both in English (translation by Tom Stoppard) and Filipino (translated by Rolando Tinio). The production stars theater veterans Ana Abad Santos, Frances Makil-Ignacio, Ces Quesada, Leo Rialp, Menggie Cobarrubias, Jeremy Domingo, Alfonso Deza, Stella Cañete Balucas and promising actors Carlo Tarobal, Zafrullah Masahud, Nadine Samonte, and Karen Gaerlan.

The Seagull /Ang Tagak runs from September 19 to October 8, 2012, 7:00 pm for weekdays and 10:00 am and 3:00 pm for weekends at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman.

For more details, please call Dulaang UP Office at (63 2) 926-1349, (63 2) 981-8500 local 2449 or (63 2) 433-7840.

 

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Photos: VLF7 Revisited: Kafatiran

Photography, Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By July 4, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Kafatiran is a story of love and freedom. At the dawn of the Philippine revolution, another revolution is brewing. Deep within the ranks of the Katipunan is a special faction composed of young men who are smart, art-loving, and sometimes a bit too mild-mannered. Young Antonino Corpus wants to join this special faction and goes through some tests to know if he does belong into this group. Unfortunately, the night of Antinino’s recruitment is also the night that sparks the Philippines revolution and the recruitment house is surrounded by several guardia civil. Should they leave the place where they are free to be themselves so that they can attain true freedom? Should they finally come out?

VLF7 Revisited: Kafatiran

VLF7 Revisited: Kafatiran

VLF7 Revisited: Kafatiran

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Photos: VLF7 Revisited: Evening at the Opera

Photography, Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By July 4, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Miranda Beloto, wife of Governor Bingo Beloto is obsessed with the idea of bringing to her impoverished province the first staging of a full length opera. As she prepares to face her corrupt, insensitive husband, she must also deal with the pressure from her own manipulative mother. It seems that Miranda’s foolhardy vision of beauty is all she can cling to in the face of so much brutality. Or is she herself a crucial part of the vicious cycle of corruption?

VLF7 Revisited: An Evening at the Opera

VLF7 Revisited: An Evening at the Opera

VLF7 Revisited: An Evening at the Opera

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Photos: VLF7 Revisited: Kawala

Photography, Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By July 3, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

A famous actor and his snobby manager.
A posh, religious husband and wife.
A promiscuous gold digger.
A mysterious priest.
And an innocent young woman.
Seen through the eyes of a puzzled elevator boy,
“Kawala” tells the story of intertwined lives in a condominium and how they affect an important life choice of a confused employee.

VLF7 Revisited: Kawala

Playwright:
Rae Red

Director:
Paolo O’Hara

Actors:
Peewee O’Hara
Tess Jamias
Regina de Vera
Jerry O’Hara
Chris Pasturan
Lao Rodriguez
Jelson Bay

VLF7 Revisited: Kawala

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Dulaang UP’s Amphitryon Production Photos

Photography, Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By June 28, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Because my photos are really, really late, here’s a recap of what this was all about.

Celebrating its 35th Theater Season, Dulaang UP presents its fourth production, Amphitryon, a Roman comedy by Heinrich von Kleist with Filipino tranlation by Jerry Respeto and direction by Jose Estrella.

Amphitryon follows the story of King Amphitryon and his wife Alcmene, who became victims of Jupiter, a Roman god. Jupiter disguises himself to make love with Alcmene during the quest of King Amphitryon in Thebes. As the king return to his kingdom victorious from the battle they had won, Jupiter disappeared leaving Alcmene bearing their child. With what happen between the two of them, will Alcmene realize the person whom she made love with was not truly her husband and will Amphitryon discover that a god came to her wife during the time he was in his quest?

Click on the thumbnails to view the posters that came out.

       

The cast includes Neil Sese, Lex Marcos, Diana Malahay, Wenah Nagales, George de Jesus, Paolo O’Hara, Lucky de Mesa and Natasha Cabrera.

Comprising the artistic team are Lex Marcos (Set Designer), John Batalla (Light Designer), Raven Ong (Costume Designer) and TJ Ramos (Sounds Designer).

Amphitryon ran from February 16 to March 6, 2011 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2nd floor Palma Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon City.

The following production photos were taken on the last show.

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