The Dulaang UP (DUP) closes its 40th theater season with Shimizu Kunio‘s The Dressing Room: That Which Flows Away Ultimately Becomes Nostalgia (adapted by Chiori Miyagawa from an original translation by John K. Gillespie), a 1977 post-war Japanese play and its gala night for the said English production is tonight, April 8 at Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, University of the Philippines-Diliman.
Its all-female cast for the English version will star–Frances Makil-Ignacio, Ces Quesada, Missy Maramara and Maxine Ignacio; and will be directed by former DUP’s artistic director–Alexander Cortez.
The production is a play within a play and paints stories on frustrations, memoirs and aspirations of four actresses preparing by the ‘gakuya’ (means backstage in English) as they all await their turns to go onstage. The actresses express their desire to perform the lead role named Nina Mikhailovna Zarechnaya from a play of Anton Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’.and their obsessions to covet it; ignite a comic yet dramatic narrative about shared memories and their relationship with each other. It is about a tender and humorous drama about actors, the theater, aging, surviving, and moving on.
For its Filipino version, it will be starred by Roeder Camañag, Andoy Ranay, Gwyn Guanzon, and Ian Ignacio. It will run from April 6-24.
‘Panandalian’ is the overarching theme for the university-wide theater guild of University of Santo Tomas’ 38th Season, which will feature the first prize winner at the 2014 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for one-act play in Filipino titled ‘Traje de Boda’ written by Maria Kristine Roxas and ‘Huling Ensayo Para Sa Iyo’ by Niel de Mesa at the Tan Yan Kee Auditorium on August 25 to 26, 2015 with shows at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm; and on August 27, 2015 with shows at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm.
In Roxas’ ‘Traje de Boda’—it presents an all-female performers set in a bridal shower scene, delivered in a bold and comical forum. The friends will share struggles in marriage, resolving issues with their husbands, and reassessing the role of being a woman. De Mesa’s ‘Huling Ensayo’ treats the audience with Nagmamahal’s speech, as he rehearses for the most momentous night in his life and in their life as a couple to prove his love regardless of the assurance of the presence of his beloved.
Admission to the drama-comedy twinbill production is free and will be directed by JC Ribuyaco. For inquiries, contact Czerina by sending an SMS or call at +639053922231.