Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Dulaang UP honors heroes, playwrights and National Artists on its 36th season
Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas (Dulaang UP) opens its 36th season with theme "Heroes, Playwrights and National Artists," in celebration of Dr. Jose P. Rizal’s sesquicentennial, Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero’s centennial and also as a Felipe Padilla de Leon pre–centennial tribute.
"RIZAL X," a collaborative work of young theater actors and artists, topbills the lineup of DUP’s 36th season. The play, directed by Dexter Santos, offers a bold take on Rizal’s life and works which parallel present political, social and cultural events. It will run July 20–August 14.
This production will be followed by the contemporary Filipino adaptation of William Shakespeare’s "Titus Andronicus" by Layeta Bucoy under the direction of Tuxqs Rutaquio, which will be staged September 14-October 2.
As the country continues to celebrate Rizal’s 150th birth anniversary, DUP stages the work of National Artists Felipe Padilla de Leon and Guillermo Tolentino--the Filipino Opera "Noli Me Tangere" (based on one of Rizal’s two classic novels), at the UP University Theater from November 24 to December 3. This production, directed by Alexander Cortez, is also one of the many pre-centennial activities for Felipe Padilla de Leon’s birth centennial next year.
At the same time, DUP resurrects its children’s theater through Rody Vera’s new play "Umuulan, Umaaraw, Kinakasal Ang Tikbalang," based on Gilda Cordero-Fernando’s short story, "The Magic Circle." With direction by Jose Estrella, it will run November 23-December 11.
The season closes with a tribute to Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero on his birth centennial, with the staging of Guerrero’s poetic drama "The Forsaken House" on February 8- 26, 2012. The play, to be directed by Tony Mabesa, is a poignant remembrance of a family through its joys and sorrows.
At the Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan, the UP Playwrights’ Theater will re-stage Floy Quintos’ "Fake" in August for a limited run from August 17 to 21, after a successful and acclaimed summer run.
For ticket inquiries, reservations, sponsorships and special bookings, call Cherry Bong Z. Edralin 0917-7500107, or the Dulaang UP Office 9261349, 9818500 local 2449 or 4337840.