5 University-Based Theater Productions Online this March 2021
These student organizations will be producing a trilogy production, a theater festival, and a series of Filipino plays online this March.
1. The Maze Trilogy by PUP Sining-Lahi Polyrepertory
A trilogy production featuring original scripts— Wangwang, Coffee Break, and Solo, will be livestreamed on March 5, 12 and 19, 2021 at 6:00PM on PUP Sining-Lahi Polyrepertory’s Facebook page and YouTube account.
Wangwang, written by Elijah Borres and directed by Angelica Biescas, is about an online group job interview gone wrong with the select residents of Tondo and their beloved barangay officials. Coffee Break, written by JR Ambol and directed by Elijah Borres, is set in a webinar arranged by Ate Baby, wherein former internet sweethearts, Jan and Andy, reunite on a chance encounter. And lastly, Solo, written by Angelica Biescas and directed by Ace Pagkaliwangan, is about the confrontation of two tenants with their landladies. With the same unit but with different situations, Jenny and Hazel will take the matter onto their own hands.
The shows are free to stream and will last for 48 hours.
2. Entablado 3 by Entablado UPD
Entablado 3 is an online theater festival by the students, for the students. The titles include 3SAM by Justine Delima, Apat na Kaluluwa sa Loob ng Ari ng Ama by Bea Abelinde, Over a Cup of Coffee by Vincent De Jesus, and Missed Call by Joanna Cadiz, Fiona Donzon, and Lana Lopez. The themes delve into raising awareness on the LGBT+ community’s struggles, mental health, grief, the battle against HIV/AIDS, alternate possibilities, moral responsibility, and redemption.
These productions are headed by the Bachelor of Arts (Theater Arts) and Associate in Arts (Theater) students of Batch 2019, assisted by Batch 2020, and guided by the upperclassmen and alumni of University of the Philippines Diliman. The online theater festival will be live streamed via Facebook Live from March 24 to March 27, 2021 on the organization’s Facebook page.
3. Password: 03d1pu5_R3x by Tanghalang Ateneo
Password: 03d1pu5_R3x, which originally ran online last February 22, 25, and 27, 2021, has extended its run to March!
Now running from March 8 to 21, Password: 03d1pu5_R3x, is a present-day adaptation of Sophocles’ classic, Oedipus Rex. The production makes use of Rolando S. Tinio’s Filipino translation of the play, which is adapted and directed by Ronan B. Capinding.
The play takes place in a country struck by a pandemic, with Oedipus serving as the nation’s President. Faced with the need to resolve the murder of Congressman Laio, as well as determine where he is situated in the narrative of this crime, Oedipus sets out to unveil the truth, only to find out that the truth is not what he had envisioned it to be.
The show features Yan Yuzon as Edipo, Marian Rivera-Dantes as Kreon, Miren Alvarez-Fabregas as Yokasta, Katski Flores as Maria Tiresia, Gabe Mercado as Lysanias, and Marlon Rivera as Egeo. They are joined by a student cast– Dani Capinding, Nicole Chua, Miguel Datu, Trixie Dela Cruz, Kat Dizon, Shaun Ocrisma, and Lars Salamante, who serve as members of the ensemble.
Tickets are worth P150 for general viewing and P250 for general viewing + souvenir program. You can buy tickets through https://www.ticket2me.net/.
4. VEER@US: Tetralohiyang Hinaing na Ibaling ang Pansin sa Atin by Ateneo ENTABLADO
Originally slated from February 22 to March 4, it has now been moved to March 1 to 11, 2021.
Veer@Us showcases a series of one-act plays that tackle prevailing socio-political issues in the country– Mikaela Regis’ Mula kina Cain at Abel, Bernice Dacara’s Matira ang Matibay, Dominique La Victoria’s Chipline, and Dolly Dulu’s China, China, Sagot Sa…
The production is directed by Jethro Tenorio. You can buy tickets at 80 pesos for single plays, 250 pesos for the weekday bundle, and 300 pesos for the weekend bundle on KTX.ph.
5. Kung Paano Maghiwalay by FEU Theater Guild
FEU Theater Guild’s staging of the Egg Theater Company’s Kung Paano Maghiwalay, written by George de Jesus III, started streaming last February 21 and will continue to be available until April 27, Sundays and Tuesdays, on FEU Theater Guild’s Facebook page. It is directed by the organization’s Artistic Director, Dudz Teraña.
The play tells the story of 12 individuals whose lives are intertwined through their respective romantic advances and consequent breakups. It was previously staged by the student organization in 2019.