Thursday, March 12, 2009

Twinbill of gay plays at College of Saint Benilde

The De La Salle College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts (Arts Management Program, Workshop in Performing Arts and Project Management) presents the Philippine High School for the Arts' Sipat Lawin Ensemble in "Bent to Heat You Up and Cool You Down," on March 20, 7 p.m., at the Black Box Theater, SDA BUILDING, DLS-CSB, Pablo Ocampo St. (formerly Vito Cruz), Manila.

The twinbill production features "Lihis," Emmanuel Canteras' Filipino translation of Martin Sherman's "Bent," and David Finnigan's "To Heat You Up and Cool You Down," performed by alumni of PHSA's Dulaang Sipat Lawin: Acey Aguilar, JK Anicoche, Nar Cabico, Abner Delina, Santi Obcena, Alvin Obillo, Lovely Balili, Sheenly Vee Gener, Isabelle Martinez, Meila Romero, Ness Roque, Nina Rumbines, Alison Segarra, Kristine Balmes and Sofia CP Gonzales.

"Bent/Lihis" takes place in 1934 Berlin. In accordance with Hitler's nationwide campaign to eliminate all homosexuals, Maximillian Berger and Rudolf Hennings are sent to a concentration camp. Along the way, Rudy is brutally killed. Max encounters Horst, a fellow homosexual, in a prisoner train. They fall in love but are forced to resort to extreme measures to ensure their own survival as the Nazis attempt to drive them insane.

In "To Heat You Up and Cool You Down," two women working in a bar see their thoughts come to life--memory, lust, imagination, desire--as they become closer to each other. While one struggles with letting go or falling in love again and going through the same cycle of pain, the other considers giving love a chance, even if the relationship is with the same gender.

Tickets at P150. For ticket inquiries and reservations, call JV 0906-4609386 for DLS-CSB students (ORDEV A and B), or Abs (0926-4234208) for non-DLS-CSB students.

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