Theater

Artistang Artlets play on ‘choosing to love again’

Artistang Artlets Puso with Disabilities

Artistang Artlets, the official theatre guild of the University of Santo Tomas’ Faculty of Arts and Letters, presents “PWD (Puso With Disabilities)”, written by Danielle Joyce Factora, choreographed by Paula Angelica Uy, with the original composition of music and lyrics done by Coleen Ivy Cordero, directed by Michelle Emily Lozare and produced by Mary Crizette Arce

PWD (Puso With Disabilities) is a musical play comprised of different stories about lapses that occur in relationships and eventually lead to certain conflicts that may hinder someone from choosing to love again. This production aims to show the audience certain remedies to various problems one may experience in love and how people involved in a relationship can use these remedies to forgive each other’s shortcomings.

This play is set to grace the Tan Yan Kee Student Center AVR on the following play dates: March 23, 24 and 25 at the time 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm. For tickets and information, please contact Jann Kayla Mendoza (09278423870) or John Michael Peña  (09058245399).

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Artistang Artlets stages Sa North Diversion Road

Sa North Diversion Road Artistang Artlets

Artistang Artlets, the official theatre guild of the Faculty of Arts and Letters at the University of Santo Tomas, is staging this September a Tony Perez play, Sa North Diversion Road.

Perez is known for “dark and moody” explorations of the human psyche, influenced largely by his background in clinical psychology. The only Tony Perez work I’ve read so far is Cubao: 1980, a coming-of-age novel about a barkada of adolescent hustlers plying their trade in the titular place and time. The novel is acclaimed for its experimental prose that is reminiscent of The Catcher in the Rye and its controversial subject matter (at least, during the time it was published).  I particularly remember Perez’s clever comparison of the milieu of Cubao to a cat in heat.

SNDR, on the other hand, has been a favourite among theatre companies, and was even filmed once. Like Cubao, SNDR confronts another “taboo” topic: infidelity. The subject has since become a staple in Philippine movies, what with all those mediocre “mistress movies” the major studios have been churning out recently. So it would be interesting to see how much has changed in Filipinos’ attitude towards infidelity through Artlets’ SNDR staging that is being produced by Christine Emano and being directed by Maria Kristina Magno.

In an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer last February, Perez said he prefers to write about the “Filipino psyche” because unlike social issues – works on which he calls “ephemeral” – such a topic lasts.

“[I] would rather write a play remembered and restaged a 100 years from now because it addressed the psyche of the Filipinos rather than current issues,” he said.

Disclosure: I am receiving free tickets for this post

Sa North Diversion Road. Directed by Ma. Kristina Magno and produced by Christine Emano. At the Tan Yan Kee Auditorium, Tan Yan Kee Building, University of Santo Tomas, on September 24, 25, 26 and 27, 2013. Time slots are 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm. For inquiries, contact Cymon Denise Mercado at 0927-329-6953 or visit Artistang Artlets’ Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ArtistangArtletsUST

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Mabesa adapts The Duchess of Malfi

DUP  The Duchess of MalfiThis 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 cast is headlined by some of theater’s biggest stars and supported by some of its most promising actors. Banaue Miclat, Liza Dino, and Adriana Agcaoili alternate as the defiant Duchess. Richard Cunanan, Neil Ryan Sese, and George de Jesus take turns playing the twisted Bosola. The Duchess’ malevolent twin brother, Ferdinand, is given life by Jacques Borlaza and Allan Palileo. The corrupt Cardinal is played by Menggie Cobarrubias and Brian Tibayan. The production also stars Carlo Tarobal, Dax Alejandro, Issa Litton, Ces Aldaba, and the Dulaang UP ensemble.

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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