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Dulaang UP Stages Jacobean Tragedy The Duchess of Malfi/Ang Dukesa ng Malfi

Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By August 15, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

This September, Dulaang UP continues its tradition of bringing world classics to the Filipino audience through the first major Philippine production of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi. Dark and visceral, The Duchess of Malfi is widely held as the greatest of Webster’s works and the most gripping of the Jacobean tragedies. It has mesmerized and shocked audiences since it was first staged 400 years ago in 1613.

The Duchess of Malfi is renowned for producing what could probably be theatre’s most compelling female protagonist and two of its most twisted villains.

The play follows the story of a recently widowed duchess as she decides to go against her scheming brothers by secretly marrying her personal steward. The discovery of her deception engulfs everyone in a tumultuous and maddening whirlpool of envy, incest, greed, destruction, and death. The characters’ struggle for and against their desires forces us to ask ourselves, “How far will we go for pleasure?”

DUP’s production also features Ang Dukesa ng Malfi as translated into Filipino by Palanca awardee Allan Palileo. The play is adapted and directed by theater icon and DUP Founding Artistic Director Tony Mabesa, well known for his staging of world and Filipino classics. New York-based Obie award winner Clint Ramos and Eric Pineda collaborate for the set and costume design respectively; Choreography by Peter Alcedo, Jr., Lights design by Meliton Roxas, Jr., and Sound design by Jethro Joaquin.

The Duchess of Malfi/Ang Dukesa ng Malfi runs September 11- 29, 2013 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman. For sponsorship and ticket inquiries, please contact the Dulaang UP Office at 926-1349, 981-8500 local 2449 or 433-7840 and look for Ms. Camille Guevarra or Ms. Samanta Clarin.

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Dulaang UP’s Ang Tagak Photos

Photography, Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By October 4, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Dulaang UP’s second offering on its 37th Season, The Seagull/Ang Tagak, is a compelling discourse about art, life, and love presented through intricate characters and situations in what is widely considered to be master dramatist Anton Chekhov’s greatest work. In the middle of these romantic and artistic conflicts are more elaborately developed characters, a staple of Chekhov’s works. This comedy in four acts effectively discusses themes in art and life that remain relevant in this day and age.

The Seagull/Ang Tagak is directed by the venerable Tony Mabesa. The production stars theater veterans Ana Abad Santos, Frances Makil-Ignacio, Ces Quesada, Leo Rialp, Menggie Cobarrubias, Jeremy Domingo, Alfonso Deza, Stella Cañete Balucas and promising actors Carlo Tarobal, Zafrullah Masahud, Nadine Samonte, and Karen Gaerlan.

It was staged both in English (translation by Tom Stoppard) and Filipino (translated by Rolando Tinio). The production is on its last run this week.

Here are some production photos from the Filipino version October 3rd. (The entire set is HERE.)

** These are photos from Acts 1 through 4.

Dulaang UP's Ang Tagak

Dulaang UP's Ang Tagak

Dulaang UP's Ang Tagak

Dulaang UP's Ang Tagak

Dulaang UP's Ang Tagak

Dulaang UP's Ang Tagak

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Dulaang UP’s The Seagull Photos

Photography, Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By October 1, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

Dulaang UP’s second offering on its 37th Season, The Seagull/Ang Tagak, is a compelling discourse about art, life, and love presented through intricate characters and situations in what is widely considered to be master dramatist Anton Chekhov’s greatest work. In the middle of these romantic and artistic conflicts are more elaborately developed characters, a staple of Chekhov’s works. This comedy in four acts effectively discusses themes in art and life that remain relevant in this day and age.

The Seagull/Ang Tagak is directed by the venerable Tony Mabesa. The production stars theater veterans Ana Abad Santos, Frances Makil-Ignacio, Ces Quesada, Leo Rialp, Menggie Cobarrubias, Jeremy Domingo, Alfonso Deza, Stella Cañete Balucas and promising actors Carlo Tarobal, Zafrullah Masahud, Nadine Samonte, and Karen Gaerlan.

It was staged both in English (translation by Tom Stoppard) and Filipino (translated by Rolando Tinio). The English adaptation had its run last week, and this week will be the last run for the Filipino adaptation.

Here are some production photos from the English adaptation’s opening last September 24th. (The entire set is HERE.)

DUP's The Seagull (English cast)

DUP's The Seagull (English cast)

DUP's The Seagull (English cast)

DUP's The Seagull (English cast)

DUP's The Seagull (English cast)

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Dulaang U.P.’s The Seagull/Ang Tagak – 37th Season

Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By August 14, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , 2 Comments

I’m feeling all bummed out, fatigued and not really in the best of moods right now. Two days I have been going through Facebook liking things I see and wanting to share them but I was just really, let’s say, poofed, for the lack of more original terms.

But I see this trailer of Dulaang U.P.’s upcoming play – The Seagull/Ang Tagak by Anton Chekhov and it’s enough to make me jump up in my seat.

I am an absolute Chekhov fan.

Before I was this and that, and this and that, I was a Biology major undergraduate. Dexter Santos, also then still an undergraduate, was supposed to give a directing workshop to the members and applicants of UP Repertory Company one Saturday morning. He and I waited at the venue for two hours for the supposed participants. None came. So we decided to just head over to the Tanghalang Hermogenes Ylagan (THY) at the Faculty Center of UP Diliman where Three Sisters was on.

It had Frances Makil-Ignacio, Miren Alvarez, Chol del Corro, Tommy Abuel, Paolo Fabregas, Fonz Deza, Camilla Kim, Edna Mae Landicho and also one of my favorite professors Amiel Leonardia, acting in an adaptation directed by no less than Anton Juan, in the intimate setting of the THY in a cruciform configuration.

There is not a lot of plays that move me. Sometimes I would get moved by just how fantastic the visuals are, or the light design, or the music, or the movement, but that play, had none of the  flamboyance and was very raw yet very subdued. I was moved to tears.

I can still remember every bit of it. Astounding, considering how good my Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind skills have become after much practice.

And when I became a Theater major graduate student, the more I fell in love with Chekhov. So much so that my mentor would tend to remember me every time a Chekhov play is on in the metro.

And there you go, a Chekhov play. Please Sir Tony, make it good, make it good…

A seagull is shot and everything unravels.

Dulaang UP’s second offering on its 37th Season, The Seagull/Ang Tagak, is a compelling discourse about art, life, and love presented through intricate characters and situations in what is widely considered to be master dramatist Anton Chekhov’s greatest work. In the middle of these romantic and artistic conflicts are more elaborately developed characters, a staple of Chekhov’s works. This comedy in four acts effectively discusses themes in art and life that remain relevant in this day and age.

The Seagull/Ang Tagak is directed by the venerable Tony Mabesa, and will be staged both in English (translation by Tom Stoppard) and Filipino (translated by Rolando Tinio). The production stars theater veterans Ana Abad Santos, Frances Makil-Ignacio, Ces Quesada, Leo Rialp, Menggie Cobarrubias, Jeremy Domingo, Alfonso Deza, Stella Cañete Balucas and promising actors Carlo Tarobal, Zafrullah Masahud, Nadine Samonte, and Karen Gaerlan.

The Seagull /Ang Tagak runs from September 19 to October 8, 2012, 7:00 pm for weekdays and 10:00 am and 3:00 pm for weekends at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman.

For more details, please call Dulaang UP Office at (63 2) 926-1349, (63 2) 981-8500 local 2449 or (63 2) 433-7840.

 

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