Guess there isn’t really a best time for stagedooring. Really depends on the time you have and who you wanna see. Some actors usually don’t come out after a matinee in a 2-show day (Ms. Jemma Rix, specifically, because of her green make-up), so it’s better to stage door before the show (when the cast arrives to CCP) =)
DUP’s Ang Nawalang Kapatid Stages Additional Shows on March 14, 15, and 16
Coming off a hugely successful and critically acclaimed three-week run, Dulaang UP’s Ang Nawalang Kapatid stages additional shows on March 14, 15, and 16.
If you missed or would like to relive the Filipino retelling of one of the world’s oldest and longest epic poems, The Mahabharata, then this is your chance to watch the production praised by critics for its direction, text, music, and choreography. Critics laud the production as “an astonishing theatrical experience”, “an elegant and regal Filipino adaptation”, and Dexter M. Santos’ direction as “breathless and daring”.
The story revolves around the battling royal families of the Pandavas and Kauravas, and the moral dilemma Karna, the lost brother, finds himself in. To whom does he owe his loyalty? To his family or to the state which made him a prince?
Through this production, Dulaang UP seeks to bring the timeless story of The Mahabharata to a wider audience. By filtering the epic through the sensibilities of Filipino artists, the production shows us our Indian roots and its enduring impact on our culture. The production highlights how the epic has shaped strong values like loyalty to family which is so much a part of Southeast Asian culture.
Originally staged as a children’s play, this fiercer, bigger, and more complex staging of acclaimed playwright Floy Quintos’ adaptation of the Indian epic is under the direction and choreography of Santos, with original music by Ceejay Javier.
The formidable artistic staff is completed by Gino Gonzales, John Batalla, and Ohm David who designs the costumes, lights, and set respectively; Krina Cayabyab for vocal direction with musical arrangement by Louise Ybañez; additional choreography by Al Garcia, Jeffrey Hernandez, Stephen Viñas, and Vincent Pajara; technical direction by Meliton Roxas Jr. and Ohm David; dramaturgy by Teetin Villanueva and Jeffrey Hernandez; and poster design and photography by Dino Dimar.
Ang Nawalang Kapatid’s additional shows are on March 14 (7:00 pm), 15 and 16 (3:00pm and 8:00pm) at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2nd floor Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman. For tickets, sponsorships and showbuying inquiries, call Samanta Hannah Clarin or Camille Guevara 9261349, 4337840, 9818500 loc 2449 or email email@example.com.
On The Menu: Red Turnip Theater’s COCK
What happens when a young gay man falls in love with a woman?
That’s the central conceit behind Red Turnip Theater’s second offering, COCK by Mike Bartlett. A sold-out hit when it first premiered in London in 2009 and subsequently during its off-Broadway run a year later, COCK revolves around a gay couple whose rocky relationship derails when one of them sleeps (and falls in love) with a woman. Debates over one’s sexual identity explode when all three decide to sit down and “duke it out” over dinner. Hilarity ensues when another unexpected guest turns up and loyalties are put to the test. As one character puts it, “It’s the ultimate bitch fight”.
The New York Times calls COCK “a terrific, tense little comedy” while The Huffington Post hails it as “a terrific contemporary play that puts much of other theatre to shame”. This critical darling is the perfect bookend to Red Turnip’s maiden season.
Fresh off the success of their critically-acclaimed CLOSER last October at Whitespace, Red Turnip promises another unique, in your face theatrical experience with COCK. The vision of five established actors (Ana Abad Santos, Topper Fabregas, Jenny Jamora, Cris Villonco and Rem Zamora), Red Turnip aims to engage theatergoers with the sort of material that seems to be in short supply in the country—the straight play.
Rem Zamora makes his directorial debut with COCK.“We’re excited to be back in Whitespace. A lot of people who came to CLOSER said they enjoyed the intimacy of the experience and the space. That was in Hall B. We’re going even more intimate this time in the smaller Hall A. COCK also plays in the round so it feels like you’re watching a fight in an arena—no frills: just words and pure conflict in the ring, and an intense involvement in the audience.”
Zamora has assembled a tight cast of theatrical heavyweights for COCK’s Manila premier: Topper Fabregas (Boeing Boeing, The Producers), Niccolo Manahan (Next Fall, Doubt), Jenny Jamora (Mind’s Eye, A Little Night Music), Audie Gemora (Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables)
Fabregas is John, a young man caught between his gay lover and his growing attraction to another woman- W, played by Jamora.
Niccolo Manahan makes a theatrical comeback as M, John’s lover who isn’t about to let him go without a fight. “I feel ‘Cock’ will be a great experiment for me; an experiment in balancing my life with the things I enjoy doing, and an experiment in pushing my range. I don’t know where this ex-periment will lead but its an incredible opportunity that I’m thankful for.”
Rounding off this impressive cast is theatre stalwart Audie Gemora as F, M’s well-meaning father whose sudden appearance at dinner throws everyone for a loop. “The birth of a theater group is always exciting and eventful with fresh artistic vision and passion. I am thrilled to be part of Red Turnips 2nd offering, ‘Cock’. This is Rem Zamora’s directorial debut and my first time to be acting opposite brilliant young actors Niccolo Manahan and Jenny Jamora, while Topper Fabregas takes on his most complex character yet. Together we jump into a crackling cock fight of personalities, emotions and words.”
COCK is a comedy… with bite. No props, scenery or furniture. Just actors, sharp dialogue and some clever staging. All essential. Absolutely Red Turnip.
Cock is supported by Fila, Whitespace, Gung Ho Films Manila, Bose, National Book Store, Powerbooks, When In Manila, and Radio Republic. BusinessWorld, and HerWord.com. The food-and-drinks concession is provided by Speakeasy. Tickets to the Feb. 28 opening gala sponsored by Fila are available through Red Turnip Theater only.
Direction by Rem Zamora, technical direction and lighting design by John Batalla, set design by Denis Lagdameo and sound design by Jethro Joaquin.
Cock will be staged at Whitespace — 2314 Chino Roces Ave. Extension (formerly Pasong Tamo Extension), Makati — on March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4 (Friday, 9 p.m.); March 8, 15, 29 and April 5 (Saturday, 8 p.m.); April 5, Saturday at 4 p.m.; March 9, 16, 23 and April 6 (Sunday, 4 p.m.) and special closing gala on April 6, Sunday, 8 p.m.
CHERIE GIL SET TO PLAY DIANA VREELAND,
FASHION’S GRAND DAME IN FULL GALLOP
MyOwn Mann Productions, Inc. and Actor’s Actors Inc. proudly announce its offering for March 2014 with “ FULL GALLOP ” a play about fashion doyenne Diana Vreeland.
Written by Mary Louise Wilson and Mark Hampton, FULL GALLOP focuses on the life of Diana Vreeland, who stood at the center of American style for five decades. As editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue magazines, and as a member of the International Cafe Society, Diana chronicled the extraordinary people and events of her time. FULL GALLOP is a portrait of this remarkable woman at a turning point in her life.
The one-woman play is set in August 1971 at Diana Vreeland’s Park Avenue apartment. She has just returned home to New York after four months in Europe —- a trip she took after being fired from Vogue magazine. She throws an impromptu dinner party in the hope that a wealthy friend who is invited will bankroll her in starting a magazine of her own. Other friends, however, attempt to persuade her to take a job at the famed Metropolitan Museum of Art. In her distinctive style, once she decides in which direction her life will move, she goes at it “full gallop. “
In a casting coup, Cherie Gil lends her range and patrician demeanor to the woman who was a major force in shaping culture, style, taste and even language for all time. In a play that is both funny and poignant, FULL GALLOP explores the brilliance of a woman at a crossroads, for whom life can only be lived as a constant parade of adventures.
Cherie Gil first made her name in what are now cinema classics from the 80’s such as Peque Gallaga’s “Oro, Plata, Mata”; Elwood Perez’s “Problem Child” and Emmanuel Borlaza’s “Bituing Walang Ningning”. She then moved on to television, starring in countless TV series, specializing in playing villainesses and strong-willed women.
In the 2000’s, Cherie discovered the stage and surprised the theater-going public with her versatility and technical proficiency. She essayed such roles as Sister Aloysius in John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt”, Lilline La Fleur in Kopit and Yeston’s musical “Nine” and Maria Callas in Terence Macnally’s “Master Class” for which she received numerous citations for her vivid and unforgettable tour de force performance. Truly a consummate tri-media artist/personality, Cherie has recently produced her first movie, “Sonata”, directed by Peque Gallaga.
Co-presented by Inquirer Lifestyle, Look Magazine, and The Peninsula Manila in cooperation with Antonio’s Tagaytay, Facial Care Center, The Love Garden, Businessworld, HerWord.com, WhenInManila.com, and Rappler.com, FULL GALLOP is set to open with a gala night premiere on March 14 with regular performances on March 15 and 21 at 8:00 p.m. and on March 16 and 23, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. (matinee) at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue corner Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City.
FULL GALLOP will have the special participation of Ms. Giselle Tongi. The creative team of FULL GALLOP is composed of Bart Guingona (Director), Joey Mendoza (Set Designer), John Batalla (Lighting Designer), Rajo Laurel (Costume Designer), and Ruben Nazareth (Hair and Make-up).
The creative team for the FULL GALLOP photoshoot are Joan Bitagcol (Photo), Sandy, Higgins, Mark Higgins, Michael Salientes (Styling), Mark and Sandy Higgins (art direction), and Fanny Serrano (Hair and Make-up).
FULL GALLOP is presented by special arrangement with Josef Weinberger Plays Limited, London.
For the March 14 gala night, ticket prices are at Php3,000 orchestra center; Php2,000 for orchestra side and loge; and Php1,000 for balcony inclusive of cocktail food and wine provided by Antonio’s Tagaytay. Part of the proceeds from this gala event will go to Virlanie Foundation’s project of building houses in Negros areas that were affected by Typhoon Yolanda.
Tickets for regular nights are at Php1,500 for orchestra center, Php1,000 for orchestra and loge, and Php600 for balcony. For ticket inquiries, call tel. no. 2150788 or 09175378313. You may also buy tickets through Ticketworld at 8919999 or ticketworld.com.ph
See you at the theater!
On The Menu: UP Repertory Company’s Damas de Noche: Isang Musikal
UP REP first staged Joi Barrios’ DAMAS DE NOCHE in 2001 in a production called “Alimuom”. In 2006, it was restaged by the company but was given a more colorful and lively interpretation - it was made into a musical. With the libretto written by Romulo Baquiran Jr., a famous writer and professor (who was also a member of UP Rep), a colorful twist was given to the stories of four women during the Spanish-American War: Leonarda, a helper accused as a mujerzuela, who wishes to be with her rebel lover once again; Juanita, a young mother who wishes to be a star of the zarzuelas; Maria, a worker at a tobacco factory who goes to the city in hopes of getting riches; and Clara, a woman silenced by a sickness she acquired after getting raped by 14 men. Their stories are narrated by Magdalena, the famous Biblical character, here performing the role of “whore for all seasons”.
The four women all wait in vain for the end of their oppression and longing. Their stories reflect the true situation of their motherland Philippines, and how it was raped by different colonizers investing on its body of bountiful resources through the centuries. The musical is about the conditions of women in a society that measures their value according to their bodies, and how they will manage to escape these chains.
As a continuing celebration of its 41st anniversary and as a contribution to the ongoing struggle for equal rights, The UP Repertory Company proudly presents DAMAS DE NOCHE, a striking musical about Filipino women. Directed by UP Rep residents Bryle Leaño and Gio Potes with musical direction by Gian Odeste and choreography by Jomelle Era, this re-staging of the songs and the dances combined with the different stories of women during the turn of the century, DAMAS DE NOCHE once again reflects violence and oppression against women in contemporary society. This is a musical against this oppression, a musical production that reflects the joys and the sorrows of being a Filipina in the colonization of the Spaniards and the Americans.
DAMAS DE NOCHE runs on March 1 and 8 (3pm and 7pm) and on February 28 and March 7 (7pm only) at the Dalisay Aldaba Recital Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City. For ticket inquiries, contact Jenica (09163210485).
Tickets: Php 250.00 (Php 200.00 for UP students)
On The Menu: Harlequin Theatre Guild’s Fish-Hair Woman
A cradle of corpses—a river filled with soldiers and armed forces—lies in the heart of Iraya. The “Fish-Hair Woman” floats on, consoling mourning families by retrieving bodies of their loved ones with her twelve-meter hair. Will these families find justice? Will the “Fish-Hair Woman” redeem her beloved Iraya and her heart’s peace?
De La Salle University’s premiere theatre organization, the Harlequin Theatre Guild, concludes its 47th season with “Fish-Hair Woman.” It is a musical based on the acclaimed novel by Merlinda Bobis and adapted for the stage by renowned writer, Rody Vera. Directed by ALIW award nominee and the guild’s Artistic Director and Trainer, Romualdo Tejada of PETA, the production will put you in war-stricken Iraya. “Fish-Hair Woman” unfolds the story of Stella in the midst of the conflict through music composed by Dodjie Fernandez. The production features its intimate set-up with the theatre-in-the-round format, designed by Joseph Duran. Katsch Katoy’s design lights up set despite the dark stories of its characters.
Experience the grief, the horror, and the rage for yourself this March 20 (Thursday) at 6:30PM, March 21 (Friday) at 10:30AM, 3:00PM, 6:30PM, and March 22 (Saturday) at 10:30AM, 3:00PM, 6:30PM. “Fish-Hair Woman” will debut at the Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium of De La Salle University-Manila.
Ticket price is PHP250.
For more inquiries, contact Janella Gangat at +(63) 917 5005 708.
Awesome! Thanks for sharing! :)
Yaaaaaaaay! We’re so glad to hear that!
After evening shows. It has the highest probability of actors coming out of the theater and you catching them :)
Sometimes they ask people to surrender their DSLRs upon entering CCP, but most times they don’t. Point and shoot cams are definitely fine. You can only take photos outside the theater. Not even when the show has not started yet. For the reason that the set design is copyrighted.
((We know it’s tempting to take photos/videos of the curtain call, but, for the love of theater, don’t do it. *winks*))
Today is Short + Sweet Manila Opening Day! Support the biggest littlest play festival in the world and experience a roller coaster ride for 2 hours as you watch a variety of drama, action, romance, and comedy courtesy of our ten-minute plays!
See you at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2F Palma Hall, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. You may purchase your tickets at FC3069 DSCTA Office, or you may go to the theater earlier than 6:45pm, and buy your ticket from our marketing booth.
Tickets are priced at:
Php 300 for non-UP audeince;
Php 200 for UP audience; and
a discounted ticket each if you buy in bulk (10 tickets and more!)
Shall we KISS MNL?
Yep, that’s how people usually stage door for a matinee show on a 2-show day :)
Pagmasdan ang tagumpay ng dharma!
Here’s what the audiences have to say about
Dulaang UP’s ANG NAWALANG KAPATID,
which is now on it’s CLOSING WEEK!
FINAL 8 PERFORMANCES!!!
Feb 20, 7pm | SOLD OUT
Feb 21, 1pm | CAMILLE GUEVARA | 09178239531
Feb 21, 7pm | SOLD OUT
Feb 22, 10am | SOLD OUT
Feb 22, 3pm | SOLD OUT
Feb 23, 10am | SOLD OUT
Feb 23, 3pm | BRIAN DACANAY | 09168595021
Feb 23, 8pm | CAMILLE GUEVARA | 09178239531
For tickets, sponsorships and showbuying inquiries, call Samanta Hannah Clarin or Camille Guevara 9261349 / 4337840 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like the Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Facebook page and follow @Official_DUP on Twitter for more details.
On The Menu: NUMB
Crossroads 11 Benildean Theater Festival presents “Numb”, an Original Musical by Justin Emmanuel Rivera
Numb tells of the lives of Danielle Grey, rising pop star, and Ryan Clarke, bar musician – two young adults who have fallen in love through music. Ryan and Danielle, coming from difficult pasts, desire for a true meaning of home. Through a series of challenges, their love is put to a test. In this heart-wrenching experience of love and trial, Numb is sure to melt the hearts of audiences.
Catch the show on March 6, 2014, 1pm (Matinee) & 7pm (Gala) at the Augusto-Rosario Gonzalez Theater, 5th Floor, Mutien-Marie Hall, Taft Campus De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Taft Avenue, Manila
Ticket Price is at PHP 150. For ticket inquiries/reservations: Ms. Jamie Capulong | (0906) 518-1309 For more info, visit: fb.com/Numb2014/
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PROMO A: Buy 3 tickets for PHP 450 = 4 Free Cupcakes
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*Only the first 10 groups to reserve & buy tickets can avail the free cupcakes.
So what are you waiting for? Message Jamie Capulong (0906) 518-1309 for ticket reservations now!
Tickets to Atlantis’ GHOST The Musical is now available online at TicketWorld.com!