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3 University-based Productions this September to October 2023

3 University-based Productions this September to October 2023

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There are three university-based productions that you can watch this September to October– a laboratory production by the FEU Theater Guild, an original play by Tanghalang Ateneo, and a contemporary rap-musical by DLSU’s Harlequin Theatre Guild.

1. Tamdula VI: Love-Oratory by FEU Theater Guild

The FEU Theater Guild (FTG) closes its 89th theater season with Tamdula VI: Love-Oratory, a series of eight monologues on love ranging from the romantic and sexual to the intimate and familial.

Tamdula VI: Love-Oratory is a laboratory production intended to train the FTG members in further enhancing their acting, stage designing, stage management, marketing, and branding.

The production will run on August 29-31, September 1-2, 4-9, 6pm at the FEU Center for the Arts Studio, Ground Floor, Engineering Building, FEU Manila, Nicanor Reyes Street, Sampaloc, Manila. Tickets are priced at P100 for the FEU community including the other branches of FEU, FTG alumni, and FEU alumni (with an alumni ID); and P150 for guests.

The production is directed by the FTG’s Artistic Head, Raffaelle Pascua, and FTG’s Company Manager Jonas Cunanan serves as the assistant director. Both directors are student artists who have been members of the FTG and have been gaining artistic experience inside and outside of the organization. They are directly guided by the FTG’s artistic director, Dudz Teraña.

2. Ardór by Tanghalang Ateneo

Tanghalang Ateneo’s Ardór, which opened last August 18, will continue to run until September 9 at the Rizal Mini Theater of Ateneo de Manila University.

Ardór is a new dystopic play written and directed by Guelan Varela-Luarca set in the not-so-distant-future of Metropolitan Manila.

It asks the question: what if the only hope for social change is total annihilation—anarchy? The play focuses on the intricacies of the relationship between a young, angry, alienated activist and their cousin, a seven-year old—avatar? Indigo child? Messiah? Ardór follows the plight of activists as they attempt to stage a revolution and sacrifice everything—sanity, love, and life—for a traitorous, amnesiac, and traumatized nation.

The cast comprises a mix of Tanghalang Ateneo alumni, fresh graduates, and current members of the organization. Featured actors are Zoë de Ocampo and Yani Lopez as Z, Jam Binay and Camille Banawa as Astrid, and Teia Contreras and Cholo Ledesma as Kali. They are joined by ensemble cast members Rafael Jimenez, Kagi Umpad, Jemuel Dagu-ob, Robby Fernandez, Diandra Lee, Nicole Sintor Chua, Paul Adrian Martinez, Rafa Sumilong,Beatrice José, Bienne Dator, Adriane Mark Ungriano, Lawrence Miranda, Iago Guballa, Aly Solario, John Patrick Noynay, Aaron Panotes, Joey Madarang, Max Mostacho, Gelo Acosta, Dyas Adarlo, and Nicole Chua.

Joining Varela-Luarca in the Artistic Team are Kat Batara and Isaiah Canlas for Assistant Direction, Sabrina Basilio for Dramaturgy, Franny Tan for Assistant Dramaturgy, Missy Maramara for Intimacy Direction, Jared Jonathan Luna for Choreography, D Cortezano for Set Design, Yanna Parpan for Costume Design, Jethro Nibaten and Luis Antonio Rafael A. Sumilong for Lighting Design, Carlos Hombrebueno for Sound Design, Danilo Vaquilar Jr. for Photography, Pat Ong for Assistant Photography, and Franz Manlutac for Graphic Design.

Ardór will continue to run on September 2, and 9 at 2pm, and September 1-2, 8-9 at 7pm. Tickets are P500 for general audience, P350 for Ateneo students, and P300 for scholars. You can buy tickets here.

3. Halimaw by DLSU Harlequin Theatre Guild 

DLSU’s Harlequin Theatre Guild (DLSU-HTG) will be staging Halimaw, a tribute to Filipino poet, playwright, and Lasallian educator Dr. Isagani R. Cruz, this October.

Together with the DLSU Department of Literature and the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center, DLSU-HTG will stage a modernized retelling of Cruz’s 1971 script, Halimaw, as a contemporary rap-musical.

Halimaw is a satirical comedy surrounding the national and international socio-political climate during the time. It revolves around an adventure to save three princesses, daughters of a greedy and irreverent monarch. In this journey, the protagonist faces many versions of the Halimaw, representations of different corruptions of power in the Philippines.

The cast features Viñas Deluxe, Noel Comia Jr., Bene Manaois, and homegrown theater artists of DLSU-HTG.

The production will run from October 4 to 7 at the Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium of DLSU. It is directed by Raffy Tejada, with musical direction by Vince Lim, production design by Leeroy New, and costumes and make-up design by Santi Obcena. Tickets are P1,500 (premium seating, inclusive of signed souvenir program and merchandise), P700 (orchestra), P500 (balcony 1), and P350 (balcony 2). Tickets are available through Ticket2Me.




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