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Dulaang UP’s #R < / 3 J Aug 26 - Sept 13, 2015

Theater By August 26, 2015 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Catch Dulaang UP’s # R < / 3 J, a multimedial hallucination on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. # R < / 3 J retells the story of the star-crossed lovers transforming Verona into a concrete jungle at the heart of Metro Manila – teeming with corruption, revolt, advertisements, sex, social media and condominium units. This theatrical project seeks to dramatize, through a pastiche of movement, music, intertext, video and design, the postmodern tragedy of our generation.

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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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Umaaraw, Umuulan Kinakasal ang Tikbalang Last Performance Week

Theater By December 3, 2012 Tags: , , No Comments
Catch the final week of Umaaraw Umuulan Kinakasal ang Tikbalang – a stage adaptation based on Gilda Cordero-Fernando’s children’s short story, written by Rody Vera, and directed by Jose Estrella
Dec 5, 6, 7 -7pm
Dec 8 and 9 -10am and 3pm

Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theatre
2nd flr Palma Hall UP Diliman

For tickets, contact Sam Clarin or Camille Guevara at Dulaang UP Office at (632) 926-1349, (632) 981-8500 local 2449 or (632) 433-7840

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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 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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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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Of Poets and Warriors – Orosman at Zafira

Photography, Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By August 17, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Imagine living in a time when poetry was simply an everyday language. Beauty was magnified ten folds, pandemonium was disguised in lyrical verses, and love was simply glorious. Chaos translated to poetry is Orosman at Zafira, a play written in the 1850s by Francisco Baltazar (Balagtas). It tells the story of three warring tribes in thirst for power, a plot we could still relate to today.

Orosman at Zafira 2010

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My Favorite Photos from Dulaang U.P.’s Orosman at Zafira 2010

Photography, Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By August 14, 2010 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

When I first saw Orosman at Zafira in 2008, I was utterly moved to tears. Though I was not a part of the production, it felt like I was, too. I must have seen the show in its entirety at least four times and never did it lose the magic for me. I was always blown away. I was always moved to tears no matter how many times I saw it. Orosman at Zafira of 2008 was one of the best plays I saw that year.

Orosman at Zafira of 2010, despite the new faces but for three in the main cast, still moved me. Though I could not help but miss the old faces (and what beautiful faces they were), the magic is still there. I am happy that Philippine Theater has Dexter Santos and grateful for and immensely proud of the talent that he so generously shares with us. May there be more of this talent around us and let it touch and reach others in the only way it can. I am utterly grateful for the opportunity to have been able to shoot this exceptionally beautiful production that continues to touch my heart.

There were more than 600 photos from that night. I chose my favorites and still ended with 30. (Which shouldn’t be so bad since it’s 5% but I was for some reason gunning for 10). I would like to commend production designer Tuxqs Rutaquio and lights designer John Ilao Batalla. And, Paolo Rodriguez, the accessories are absolutely lovely!

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