Tuesday, July 14, 2009

UP Playwrights' Theater presents Anton Juan's Dead Stars and Sepang Loca

Celebrating the centennial of the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the 50th anniversary of the Department of Speech Communications and Theater Arts, the UP Playwrights' Theater, on its 21st theater season (2009–2010), proudly presents a twinbill offering: “Dead Stars,” Paz Marquez Benitez’s celebrated 1925 short story in English adapted for the stage by Anton Juan, and “Sepang Loca,” Amelia Lapeňa Bonifacio’s landmark theater piece--both under Anton Juan's direction.

The twinbill production opens July 21, 2009 and will run until August 1, 2009 at the 130-seater Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan, 1st Floor, Faculty Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. Weekday shows at 7 p.m., weekend shows at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

After his successful “Hinabing Pakpak ng Ating mga Anak” last July 2008, Juan returns to the UP stage with his dramatic adaptation of “Dead Stars,” acknowledged as the first Filipino modern short story written in English. The play, which centers on hypothetical love in a colonial state, collapses time and point of view in an impressionist dramatic narrative. Author Paz Marquez Benitez was the mentor of many Filipino literary masters and National Artists in Literature.

“Sepang Loca,” meanwhile, lays bare the cruelty of a village and the damnation of a village fool by its religious but self-righteous folk.

The cast includes some of Philippine theater's finest actors such as Teroy Guzman, Ana Abad Santos, Judy Ick, Earl Ignacio, Edna Mae Landicho, Fonz Deza, Ces Aldaba, Lexie Schulze, Lillibeth Nacion-Puyot and the Dulaang UP ensemble.

Joining Juan in the artistic team are Patrick Valera (dramaturgy and assistant direction) and Meliton Roxas, Jr. (set and lights design). Special period costumes are provided by Boy Domingo and Edgar San Diego.

Tickets at P250. Special group and student discounts are available. For inquiries and ticket reservations, call 9818500 local 2449/2451, 9261349 or telefax 4337840. Or contact Ozette Manguerra- Cauilan, Marketing Director, 0919-4281399 or e-mail infinite_supply@yahoo.com.

Visit the Dulaang UP office at Room 136, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, or the website at ww.upd.edu.ph/~dup.


Therese said...

My friends and I are probably going to watch this! :)

Anonymous said...

I like the first play, quiet and touching. the second play, not so much. has seen it before

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