Tara, kape tayo.
“Now, kung seryoso ka diyan sa ka-date mo, yayain mong magkape. Para kapag nag-uusap na kayo, matantsa mo kung kaya mo siyang kausapin for the rest of your life.”
Proven since 2012, the non-profit group of Kapeng Barako Club: Samahan ng mga Bitter (KBC), believes that both coffee and theatre is a powerful social glue that can bring people together from all walks of life.
Having had 4 successful runs 2 years after it won the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards through its writer-director, Juan Ekis (Christian Vallez), KBC has toured throughout Bataan, Taft, Makati, and Quezon City. This indie theater production has created meaningful conversations between its artists and its many audiences about friendship, love, and heartbreak, that were shared over cups coffee.
This year, KBC will be staged in Ortigas Center, Pasig City, in the hope of sharing this story to the city where most of its members learned to love theatre arts and coffee, and to also listen to those who wish to share their own stories of love and relationships.
KAPENG BARAKO CLUB: SAMAHAN NG MGA BITTER
Matagal nang in love si Masi kay Eric, na nagpapakatanga sa pag-ibig. Natotorpe si Joel tuwing kaharap si Anna, na ex ng fiance ni Masi. Si Marlowe, natutuwang manood sa mga nangyayaring nagaganap sa buhay ng mga kabarkada niya, habang pinagseselosan ni Stef si Sunshine. Si Sunshine, masaya lang. Lahat ng kumplikasyon na ito ay nangyayari sa isang nananahimik na cafe na pagmamay-ari ni Marlowe.
JUAN EKIS, THE PLAYWRIGHT
Christian Vallez, familiarly known as Juan Ekis, has written several plays for various theater groups and has worked under the tutelage of the late film legend, Marilou Diaz-Abaya. Juan Ekis is a two-time Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature awardee for his plays Twenty Questions and Kapeng Barako Club: Samahan ng mga Bitter. His works are also published in various local collections of poetry and newspapers, and are anthologized in Megapolis, a performance art production of Theater-der-Klaenge in Dusseldorf, Germany. Juan Ekis was a creative consultant at ABS-CBN and is now a narrative designer for USAID-COMPETE. He continues to give seminars on creative writing and production to various universities and organizations.
VENUES & SHOW DATES
Tipsy Beans Ortigas
Unit 108,Tycoon Centre, Pearl Dr./Amethyst St., Ortigas Center, Pasig City at 8:00 p.m.:
October 21, 2016 (Friday)
October 22, 2016 (Saturday)
October 28, 2016 (Friday)
October 29, 2016 (Saturday)
November 4, 2016 (Friday)
November 5, 2016 (Saturday)
Shake & Bake Convenience Mall
Unit 102b, Centerpoint Building, Julia Vargas cor. Garnet Rd., Ortigas Center, Pasig City
November 12, 2016 (Saturday)
November 13, 2016 (Sunday)
November 19, 2016 (Saturday)
November 20, 2016 (Sunday)
November 26, 2016 (Saturday)
November 27, 2016 (Sunday)
The tickets are sold at PHP 650.00, which comes with a drink of your choice.
For reservations and inquiries, contact 0917-656-7293 or the KBC Facebook account, @samahanngmgabitter. For more updates, can follow them on Instagram (@samahanngmgabitter) and on Twitter (@bittercorp).
Kapeng Barako Club: Samahan ng mga Bitter is co-presented by Tipsy Beans Ortigas and Shake & Bake Convenience Mall.
Special Thanks to the following Media Partners: Theater Fans Manila, The Jellicle Blog, Mvndo Magazine, When in Manila, and ClicktheCity