Saturday, September 13, 2008

FEU's Art Theatre Clinique mounts Pinter plays

After two successful devised theater performances for its first season last year—the anti-global warming campaign satirical show “Habilin: Ang Simula ng Apocalypsis” and “Visiting Strindberg,” scene excerpts-devised performance of three outstanding works of renowned Swedish playwright August Strindberg, the Far Eastern University Art Theatre Clinique (ATC) will present its season with works by English playwright Harold Pinter.

The season opener, “Pinter plays,” is a devised theater performance that features three intriguing dramatic works by the 2005 Nobel Laureate for Literature. Scenes extracted from the plays “The Homecoming,” “The Lover” and “The Collection” will be employed in a new performance that explores music, movement, multi-media projection and the talents of ATC actors.

The show will be directed by J Victor Villareal, new Drama and Theater Arts professor of FEU’s Department of Communication.

Also, in November, “Spoof,” a stand-up comedy show under the helm of TV-theater director Joey B. Ting, will satirize pop-culture personages such as ZTE star Jun Lozada, showbiz divas Gretchen Barretto and Ruffa Gutierrez, hit loveteams KC Concepcion-Richard Gutierrez and Marian Rivera-Dingdong Dantes, and RP President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. “Spoof” will showcase the talents of Mass Communication majors.

Finally, in celebration of the National Arts Month in February 2009, ATC mounts Pinter’s absurd comic play, “The Dumbwaiter,” but adapted to the Philippine setting. ATC artistic director Joey B. Ting directs and closes the season together with the ATC ensemble.

ATC is the brainchild of founder-artistic director Joey B. Ting with the help of FEU Communication chair Gene Pamittan Jr. It was established last year in order to train students who are taking up drama and theater subjects in basic acting, directing and production, the tutelage to be provided by established and well-known practitioners in the country today. It is an extension theater training program exclusively for Mass Communication majors who are interested to explore the various aspects of performing arts and theater design and management.

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