DUP’s 34th season “takes its audiences to the edge of reason, identity, transformation and power” as it pays homage to German playwrights.
The season’s tribute to Deutsche theatre begins with Wedekind’s “Lulu” (August 5-23), direction by Dexter Santos, a play centering on the intricacies of transsexual seduction, passion and wrath that concludes in an ironic reversal of fortune.
Von Kleist’s “Amphitryon” (September 9-22), direction by José Estrella, is a moral fable that challenges our deeply-rooted beliefs about love, infidelity, and identity.
But the caprice of gods pales in comparison to Mary I’s flights of fancy as depicted in Schiller’s “Mary Stuart/Maria Stuarda” (November 18-December 6), direction by Tony Mabesa. This piece is a dramatization of the historic clash of two strong-willed women, Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots.
The season closes with a Filipino adaptation of Brecht’s “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” (February 17-March 7, 2010) under the direction of Alexander Cortez, a very timely piece that echoes a direct critique of modern politics.
The season kicks off in July with a re-staging of “Atang: Dulang May Musika” (July 1-12), a critically-acclaimed production from DUP's 33rd season. Written by Floy Quintos and directed by Alexander Cortez, the musical revolves around a rising star’s acquaintance with a great historical figure she is set to play on film, Filipino sarsuwela’s grand muse, Atang dela Rama.
All plays will be staged at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, Palma Hall, UP Diliman.
The UP Playwrights Theater, on the other hand, offers two one-act plays: Anton Juan’s adaptation of Paz Marquez Benitez’ short story “Dead Stars” and Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio’s “Sepang Loca” (July 14-18; 21-25) under the direction of Anton Juan.
The UPPT will stage its production at the Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan, Bulwagang Rizal, UP Diliman.
For more information or inquiries, contact Ozette Manguerra-Cauilan (Marketing Manager) or Erica Valerio (Publicity Manager) at 9261349, 9818500 loc. 2449, or 4337840.