In an interview with the university-based theater group’s artistic director, Dr. Alexander C. Cortez, he is glad to share the things that are to be expected in celebration of its 35th year of providing unforgettable stage productions. Founded in the summer of 1976 by Tony Mabesa, Dulaang UP has seen many successful artists like Floy Quintos, Anton Juan Jr., Auraeus Solito, Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Irma Adlawan Marasigan, Cris Millado, Paul Morales, Chito Roño, Nick Pichay, Clint Ramos, Ayen Munji-Laurel, Frances Makil Ignacio, Harlene Bautista, Ces Quesada, Dennis Marasigan, Douglas Nierras , Neil Ryan Sese, Candy Pangilinan, Andoy Ranay, Rico Gutierrez, television and movie box-office queen Eugene Domingo and a lot more.
“This year, we are hoping to bounce back after some challenges that the group has encountered the previous year. We had AH1N1, which delayed the opening of classes and opening its season and then Ondoy followed suit,” says Dr. Cortez.
To coincide with the 35th year of Dulaang UP, there will a Photo Exhibit alongside with the opening of its first production, the re-staging of Francisco Baltazar’s Orosman at Zafira. It will be directed by Dexter M. Santos, the group’s associate artistic director and will run from August 11 -29 at its home venue—Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater.
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