Thursday, November 27, 2008

UP Theater Council presents two new plays in 'Comeback'

The UP Theater Council (UPTC), a recognized student theater organization in UP Diliman, is presenting "Comeback," a twinbill production featuring the new plays "3D: Usapang Dyuts Doobidoobidoo Delusyon" by Krystel Dionisio, and "Couture" by Carlo Cannu.

Presented in collaboration with UP Quill and Eurotile, "Comeback" runs December 6-8, 2008, with 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows, at the Tanghalang Hermogenes Ylagan, Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura, UP Diliman, Quezon City. Joey Ting directs the production.

The cast of "3D" are Arnold Cao, Mark Jacob, Cara Mesina, Mercedes Cabral, Carlo Garcia, Ram Tolentino, Kimmy Maclang, Via Antonio, Abbu Reynoso, Jonjie Rivera, Ria Paz, Lehner Mendoza, Mike Magallona, Dave Tolentino and Ian De Ausen.

"Couture" stars Vincent de Jesus, Ariel Diccion, Delphine Buencamino, Jacqui Amper and Cai Cortez.

The creative team includes Greece-based set designer Ohm David, lights designer Paolo Paulino, video designer Winter David, graphics designer Dickens Polidario and costume designer Marnelli Puyot, currently the president of UP Quill.

The show is a reunion of sorts for award-winning composer, arranger and musical director Vincent De Jesus and theater director, professor and Manila Times critic Joey Ting. "Comeback" is their fourth collaboration since their first Dulaang Talyer project under the artistic directorship of film and theater director Paul Morales in 1997.

They previously teamed up in the one-act comedy "Quinn," which De Jesus wrote and Ting directed. It starred now GMA-7 producer Lloyd Navera with Geraldine Malacaman-Villamil, Stella Cañete and Thess Antonio, and was staged at the Ora Café owned by indie filmmaker Khavn Dela Cruz. The play was part of the now-defunct Dulaang Talyer Fringe Festival, a month-long festival of short original theatrical works.

Nicolas Pichay’s "Uyayi ng Ulan" became a comedy children’s musical staged at the Abelardo auditorium College of Music in UP Diliman, a 1999 Talyer production which garnered Aliw nominations for Best Musical and Best Director for a Musical in 2000 for Ting. De Jesus created the original music and arrangement, while Pichay did the libretto.

The musical was done in collaboration with the Anino Shadow Play Collective headed by Don Salubayba, together with theater performers Bor Ocampo, Andrew Cruz, Ruth Alferez, Joann Co, Anthony Cruz and ABS-CBN director Neil Tolentino.

In 2001, the Saint Peter The Apostle School in Paco, Manila gave Ting and De Jesus the chance to work again on the musical "Alibaba and the Forty Thieves," held at the PhilAm Life auditorium. Dulaang UP’s Dexter Santos did the choreography, while Voltaire De Jesus handled lights design. Comedy is natural to both award-winning composer, arranger and musical director Vincent De Jesus and theater director / professor and Manila Times critic Joey Ting.

UPTC, for its part, was established in 1993 as an organization for young theater performers in Diliman. The organization has served as birthing ground for many established and respected artists today in the field of theater, film, television, education, journalism and advertising.

These artists include Mario Magallona, Eugene Domingo, Frances Makil-Ignacio, Candy Pangilinan, Dolly De Leon, Mailes Kanapi, Harlene Bautista-Sarmenta, Dante Nico Garcia, Issa Lopez, Ricky Ibe, Edwin Serrano, Dave Tolentino, Armie Arnaldo, Rudolph Baldonado, Christian Lopez, Elmir Castillo, Dexter Santos, Tuxqs Rutaquio, Joey Ting, John Neil Ilao Batalla, Voltaire de Jesus, Ohm David, Jobin Ballesteros, Jethro Joaquin, Gemma Geslani, Lloyd Navera, Chyna Roxas, Rico Gutierrez, Mimi Yapchiongco, Patricia Valenzuela, Geraldine Malacaman-Villamil, Chris Martinez, John Lapus, Justeen Niebres, Andoy Ranay, Roy San Luis, Jojet Gorrez and Tonsi Ignacio.

UPTC's first production was Lito Casaje's "Separasyon," directed by theater stalwart Anton Juan Jr. Other memorable productions include Allan Palileo's "Kapatiran: The Musical" and "Hilakbot," Chris Martinez's "Sa Sabado Sa Sam's" and "Last Order Sa Penguin," and the satirical variety show "Break-a-Leg," which is mounted every two years.

"Comeback" runs December 6-8, 2008, with 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows, at the Tanghalang Hermogenes Ylagan, Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura, UP Diliman, Quezon City. For ticket inquiries, contact production manager Trixie Dauz at 0915-5362213 or visit uptheatercouncil.multiply.com.


8 comments:

Anonymous said...

A critic and a director! wow.

waltzang said...

gibbs, ano na nga uli difference ng uptc sa dup? someone explained it to me before but i forgot again. tapos diba may up playwrights chorva pa or something?

when ka watch spoof? did you see atang na?

gibbs cadiz said...

ANONYMOUS, rare but not an impossibility. in the US, robert brustein was founder of the yale school of drama and director of many plays, but is also a much-admired critic. george bernard shaw was both playwright and critic, john updike is both a novelist and a critic. :)

WALTZ, as far as i know ha--dulaang UP is for theater majors, UP repertory is for non-theater majors but is a recognized performing arm kaya me university stipend ang member-actors nila, while UPTC is a school organization kaya wa stipend ang members. i clarified this with a UP theater major. i hope the info he gave me is correct. haha. :)

Anonymous said...

ANONYMOUS, rare but not an impossibility. in the US, robert brustein was founder of the yale school of drama and director of many plays, but is also a much-admired critic. george bernard shaw was both playwright and critic, john updike is both a novelist and a critic. :) --> si gibbs talaga....very witty and funny. sabihin ba talaga ang mga credentials ng mga critic-directors. sige na nga.... i assume na walang underlying meaning ang response na ito. will accept it at face value hahahahahaha

raa said...

Just some points of clarification :)

UP TC and UP REP are both student-run organizations. theater and non-theater majors are accepted in both organizations. I have little information on the UP TC but what I can say about the UP REP is that it only stages plays made by Filipinos. The language used is always Filipino. The plays usually are commentaries to prevailing social issues of the country.

DUP was initially designed to be the "laboratory" of theater arts majors but later on it evolved to become the official performing group for theater of UP.

gibbs cadiz said...

thanks for the clarification, RAA! :)

waltzang said...

i think that the philippine theater community is small enough as it is and that people who write about theater (whether publicity or reviews or critiques or dissertations) are even less so.

kaya dapat super encourage tayo ng isa't isa para lumalim ang ating understanding and appreciation of the performing arts.

or something like that! = )

crossing lines and blending rules are not necessarily a bad thing.

i myself write about theater from time to time and i also work in theater from time to time. masaya kasi e, hihihi! that's all pow.

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