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4 University-based Productions this July 2024

4 University-based Productions this July 2024

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Four university-based productions will be running in Katipunan this July. Know more about them below.

1. Sintang Dalisay by Tanghalang Ateneo



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Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet sees a Filipino twist with the return of Tanghalang Ateneo’s Sintang Dalisay this July.

Over a decade since Sintang Dalisay’s first formal run in 2011, Tanghalang Ateneo will once again stage the classic Romeo and Juliet adaptation. In partnership with Areté, Sintang Dalisay 2024 promises to treat its audience to a fresh take on the production adapted and originally directed by the late Dr. Ricardo G. Abad.

Guelan Varela-Luarca, co-director and playwright of this run shares, “Ricardo Abad passed away late last year, midway through preparations for the restaging of Sintang Dalisay. Today, we carry his legacy and his passion for the performing arts. This staging is our tribute to Ricky and a manifestation of all the triumphs and trials, and the Pure Love that has endured throughout all of its restagings.”

Since its first run in July 2011 for Tanghalang Ateneo’s 33rd season, the production has toured internationally in Belarus (2012), Taiwan (2014), Vietnam (2016), and Malaysia (2017) among other local and international reruns. This year’s staging will be the first full-length Filipino non-musical production to be staged at Hyundai Hall, and will mark the beginning of Tanghalang Ateneo’s 46th Season aptly themed “The  Ricardo Abad Season”.

Sintang Dalisay follows the story of Rashiddin and Jamila, two lovers from the feuding families of the Mustaphas and Kalimuddins. Set in an imaginary Muslim community, Rashiddin and Jamila must navigate their love amidst a long-standing conflict between their families.  

Sintang Dalisay is performed through the Igal, a traditional dance form of the Sama-Bajau, and is accompanied by neo-ethnic and gamelan music. With this, the production aims to bring together Shakespeare’s tragedy and symbols of Filipino culture, translating its themes of profound love and undying hope for the Filipino audience.

The cast will feature a mix of industry professionals and current members of Tanghalang Ateneo, including Mitzie Lao (Mula Sa Buwan, 2022), Jerome Dawis (Dekada ‘70, 2020), and Yani Lopez (Sa Babaeng Lahat – Virgin Labfest, 2024). The production will also feature direction by Dr. Ricardo Abad and Guelan Luarca, with assistant direction and movement by Matthew Santamaria, music by Edru Abraham, Jayson “Dyandi” Gildore, and Rhea Dagnalan, and production design by Tata Tuviera and the late National Artist Salvador Bernal.  

Sintang Dalisay will run from July 6 to 20 with afternoon (2:00 PM) shows on July 6-7, 12-14, and 18-20, and evening (7:30 PM) shows on July 6-7, 13-14, and 19-20.  Tickets start at Php 850 and may be purchased through Ticket2Me or through Tanghalang Ateneo’s direct ticketing form.  


2. Mga Multo by Tanghalang Ateneo



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Tanghalang Ateneo’s run of Mga Multo opens tonight (postponed from its initial opening date on June 23) and continues to run until July 7 at the Doreen Black Box Theater in Areté, Ateneo de Manila University.

Mga Multo is a classic play based on Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts, directed by Ron Capinding, and translated to Filipino by Ron Capinding and Tanghalang Ateneo’s Artistic Director, Guelan Varela-Luarca.

Set within the confines of a seemingly idyllic home, Senyora Alvino, in an effort to honor her late husband’s memory, establishes an orphanage. However, the return of her son Oswaldo from abroad sets off a chain of revelations. Long-buried secrets and suppressed truths come to light, exposing the haunting legacies of the past. Mga Multo explores the intricate and painful dynamics of a family bound by duty, love, and the destructive power of lies. As the characters grapple with their own ghosts, they are forced to confront the unsettling question: can the truth truly set them free, or will it entrap them further in a web of despair?

The production features a cast of seasoned, veteran actors from the organization’s alumni, making a return to the Tanghalang Ateneo stage– Miren Alvarez-Fabregas as Senyora Elena Alvino, Yan Yuzon as Oswaldo Alvino, Joseph Dela Cruz as Pastor Mande, Mark Aranal as Jacobo Estraño, and Sabrina Basilio as Regina Estraño.

Joining Capinding and Varela-Luarca in the artistic team are Gino Gonzales for Production Design, Monino Duque for Lighting Design, Andrei Fabricante for Assistant Lighting Design, Ara Fernando for Make-up Design, Jean Pierre Reniva for Costume Design, Andy Reysio-Cruz for Sound Design, Danilo Vaquilar Jr. for Photography, and Beatrice José for Graphic Design.

Mga Multo‘s show schedules are as follows:

7:00 PM: June 28 – 30, July 5 -7
3:00 PM: June 29 – 30, July 6-7

Tickets are priced at PhP 850 for the general public (exclusive of service fee), Php 680 for Senior Citizens, PWDs, and Tanghalang Ateneo Alumni, while tickets for Ateneo students (LS, SHS, JHS) are priced at Php 600.

Tickets are available for purchase online via https://bit.ly/MgaMultoTickets.

3. Live A.I.D.S: Hysterical Revisionism by UP SAMASKOM



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Live A.I.D.S. (Ang Istoryang Dinebelop ng SAMASKOM) or Acts, Improvisations, Dances and Songs, an annual musical-comedy series mounted by talent-laden student organization, UP SAMASKOM, returns for its 34th edition after a 5-year absense caused by the pandemic.

Entitled LIVE A.I.D.S.: HYSTERICAL REVISIONISM: Tatlumpu’t Apat na Taon ng Makasaysayang Tawanan, Sayawan at Kimmy-nism, the show promises to put a funny but sharp spin on socio-political issues and pop culture, providing witty commentary on Philippine society and adding a comic touch to trending topics and viral content.

What started as a mere applicants’ batch project in 1983 is now the longest-running campus comedy variety show in the country.

“Live A.I.D.S. and the UP SAMASKOM are platforms where students and alumni members alike are given the opportunity to nurture their talents and skill sets, and essentially nurture them to face the real world,” articulates well-known Filipino drag artist Mrs. Tan, a seasoned dancer and performer of the show.

“This show bolsters one’s talent, skills, and self-confidence. It’s evident in our alumni members,” said Kaldkaren, another UP SAMASKOM alumna and a seasoned performer, veteran writer, production member, and former resident officer.

“With the issues and concerns of the Philippines at present and history distortion as well, it is time to continue the UP SAMASKOM tradition of amusing audiences and making them aware of political and social matters. This year, through the Live AIDS legacy, everyone will hear what Samaskom will say about the current times. This is a show that finds humor on the right side of history”, said Live AIDS Hysterical Revisionism Director, Bill Barrinuevo.

The show will run from July 5 to 7 at the Ignacio B. Jimenez – KAL Theater in UP Diliman. Tickets to Live AIDS Hysterical Revisionism can be bought at https://liveaids.helixpay.ph. For more information, follow @upsamaskom on X (Twitter) and Instagram, and on Facebook at facebook.com/upsamaskom.

4. Sidhi’t Silakbo by Dulaang UP



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Presented by Dulaang UP and the International Federation for Theatre Research 2024, Sidhi’t Silakbo returns to the Ignacio B. Jimenez – KAL Theater in UP Diliman this July 16 and 17 at 7pm.

Dulaang UP Artistic Director Issa Manalo Lopez and Managing Director Tess Jamias direct this production, which weaves together a contemporary reimagining of female characters from the classics such as Medea, Antigone, Ismene, and Andromache. Sidhi’t Silakbo (Ferocity and Frenzy) is a celebration of the authenticity and validity of varying female realities of Filipinos. The show features performances by Wenah Nagales, Chic De Guzman, Adrienne Vergara, and Uzziel Delamide. The adaptation is by the ensemble with Nikka De Torres and Maynard Manansala.

Tickets are P1,900 and P1,500, which can be ordered through this link: https://forms.gle/tGCyoYbdVrdwgLGU9.

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