Attendees to the first weekend performances will have a chance to win prizes.
“All active bloggers need to do is write a blog [web log or online journal] review about a specific set and post it in their blogs within 48 hours after watching,” says Dennis Marasigan, Tanghalang Pilipino’s artistic director.
Winners will be chosen for each set of Labfest plays and receive gift certificates and other merchandise.
There you have it. Go, bloggers! The Labfest ticket price for the main exhibition sets is only P200, and that gives you entry to three plays already. Write about the performances you see, and a living-room showcase (Kidding! Baka mag-expect, yay!) might just go your way. (Other ticket prizes are P100 for the symposium and “Pay What You Can” for play readings.)
For sample blog entries about the Labfest, see here, here, here and here.
PLUS: Are you a high school student who wants to try writing a play? Then join the Labfest Lab!
“We’ll have 10 slots for high-school students who are interested in theater and playwriting to be mentored throughout the festival by a member of the Writer’s Bloc. They will be given complimentary tickets to all the Labfest performances and will have workshops sessions on playwriting with director and playwright Niel de Mesa,” [Virgin Labfest artistic director Rody] Vera says.
“At the end of the festival, the students are expected to write short, five- or 10-minute plays.” The Labfest Lab will culminate in a staged reading of their works.
TO apply for one of 10 available slots, applicants should submit a one-page essay on “Why I Want to Be Part of the Labfest Lab,” written in either Filipino or English. E-mail the essay to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Niel De Mesa, CCP Dramatic Arts Division, Upper Basement, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. All entries should be in by June 16, 2008.
PLUS PLUS: Play schedules, synopses and cast lists here.