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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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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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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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Dulaang U.P.’s Noli Me Tangere: The Opera July 18-August 12, 2012

Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By June 21, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

The restaging of the musical treat of 2011, Noli Me Tangere: The Opera kicks off Dulaang U.P.’s new season. The critically-acclaimed operatic retelling of Rizal’s opus by National Artist Felipe Padilla de Leon with libretto by another National Artist Guillermo Tolentino comes hot on the heels of its sold out four-week run last November. It is directed by DUP Artistic Director Alexander Cortez, with music direction by Camille Lopez-Molina and features some of the country’s finest classically-trained singers. It is also the birth centennial tribute for National Artist Felipe de Leon with libretto by another National Artist, Guillermo Tolentino.

Noli Me Tangere: The Opera returns on stage from July 18 to August 12, 2012 and is also DUP’s tribute to Padilla de Leon’s birth centennial.

The show will run from July 18 to August 12; 7pm on Wednesdays to Fridays, 10am and 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2nd flr. Palma Hall, UP Diliman, Q.C.

Tickets are priced at Php250.00 each with discounts for bulk tickets, senior citizens and UP Diliman students only. Text Camille for tickets at 0917-903-0727.

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Dulaang U.P.’s Rizal X

Teatro Pilipinas By June 18, 2011 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

 

Rizal X cast includes Maita Ponce, Jean Judith Javier, Reuben Uy, Red Concepcion, Reb Atadero, Yanah Laurel, Bea Garcia, Natasha Cabrera, Jules Dela Paz, Alchris Galura, Nicco Manalo and the Dulaang UP Ensemble.

Comprising the artistic team are William Elvin Manzano for Music and Lyrics; Happy Days Ahead for Musical Arrangement; Katte Sabate and Chic San Agustin as head writers and dramaturges; Leeroy New for Set Design; Voltaire De Jesus for Lights Design; Mitoy Sta. Ana for Costume Design; Ohm David as technical director; Irish Pangilinan as musical director; Jojit Lorenzo for Photography; Tuxqs Rutaquio for Poster Design.

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Dulaang U.P’s Theater Summer Workshop

Theater By April 6, 2011 Tags: , , No Comments

In age-appropriate workshops, students embark on fun-filled dramatic journeys. All these will be facilitated by graduates of Theater in UP and practitioners of Theater in and out of the university- Ohm David, Arkel Mendoza and Katte Sabate under the guidance of Dulaang UP mentors Dr. Alexander Cortez and Dexter Santos.

Tuition fee is P 5,500 inclusive of workshop materials and culminating recital. For inquiries, please contact the Dulaang UP Office at 926-1349, 981-8500 local 2449 or 433-7840.

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Photos from D.U.P.’s Isang Panaginip na Fili 2010

Photography, Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By December 11, 2010 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Dulaang U.P’s Isang Panaginip na Fili’s last shows are today and tomorrow at 10am, 3pm and 7pm at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, Palma Hall, UP Diliman. Catch it if you haven’t just yet. Before it’s too late, here are some of my favorite photos. You may click here to see the entire set on Flickr.

Isang Panaginip na Fili 2010

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Dulaang U.P.’s Orosman at Zafira Opens Today

Theater By August 11, 2010 Tags: , , , No Comments

This adaptation includes in its roster of casts bright and promising actors in the persons of Delphine Buencamino, Tasy Garrucha, Jerson Lafuente, Joel Molina, Reuben Uy, Jean Judith Javier, Tao Aves, Roeder Camanag, Kevin Concepcion, Gabs Santos, Acey Aguilar, JM De Guzman, Jacinta Remulla, Natasha Cabrera, Jules Dela Paz, Ronnie Martinez and the Dulaang UP Ensemble.

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DUP Restages Baltazar’s Orosman at Zafira

Theater By August 10, 2010 Tags: , , , No Comments

Ever since we had the problems with the Teatro Pilipinas website and are waiting for hosting transfers and redesign and so on and so forth, I have not really been into the theater scene. I went to UP yesterday though with Lia to file my reimbursement forms and get my cheque from the Cashier’s Office and I was told previews were last night and tonight. I could have stayed yesterday to watch last night’s show but I had my daughter with me.

So tonight I am on my way in a bit to watch.

Before I go, here are a few details about this show.

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Lulu (the theatre production)

Theater By July 26, 2009 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

Lulu production poster

LULU by Frank Wedekind

LULU is a story of a person who has no qualms about the body and it’s sexual needs. Lulu, who is the alluring woman in the English version and the captivating transsexual in Filipino, is a being able to explore and express her desires without compromise or guilt. Adored and lusted by men, women and creatures of the world, she takes them to a dance of bodily freedom, of the mind’s liberation and of utter ecstasy. But like any other person, Lulu searches for the other that could accept and understand her seemingly deviant nature.

In her hunt, Lulu meets a myriad of “civilized beasts”: painters, writers, the educated and the ignorant, the rich and poor men, the young and the dying who are upright and honorable by day but transform to hungry animals in the dark. Lulu embraces each person only to find him or her weak and forever trapped by man’s idea of propriety.

Che Ramos and Tuxqs Rutaquio topbills the play as LULU.

Acey Aguilar, Angeli Bayani, Alexander Cortez, Jules de la Paz, Ian Lomongo, Jojit Lorenzo, Missy Maramara, Paolo O’hara, Meynard Penalosa, Andoy Ranay,Gabs Santos, JC Santos and Randy Villarama are included in the star studded cast.

Direction and Choreography: Dexter M. Santos

Filipino Translation: Joel Saracho

Production Design: Tuxqs Rutaquio

Lights Design: John Batalla

Dramaturgy and Additional Text: Patrick Valera

Sounds Design: J Victor Villareal

Photography and Poster Design: Jojit Lorenzo

Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, Palma Hall, UP Diliman.

English:
16 August 7pm
19 August 7pm
21 August 7pm
23 August 10am

Filipino:
12 August 7pm – Opening
13 August 7pm
14 August 7pm – Gala
15 August 10am, 3pm
16 August 10am, 3pm
20 August 7pm
22 August 10am, 3pm
23 August 3pm

THIS PRODUCTION CONTAINS SCENES AND MATERIAL STRICTLY FOR MATURE AUDIENCES.

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