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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

entry arrow10:51 AM | Virgin Labfest 3

The Cultural Center of the Philippines, Tanghalang Pilipino Inc., The Writersbloc Inc., and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, supported by The Japan Foundation Manila


Virgin Labfest 3

Now on its 3rd year, the Virgin Labfest opens this June 28 and will run until July 8, 2007 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The Virgin Labfest (VLF), a festival of new plays (untried, untested, unpublished and unstaged) by both emerging and well-known playwrights, directors and actors, is now enthusiastically looked forward to by artists and audiences alike. This year's festival boasts a repertoire of 15 short plays in five trilogies as the main exhibition list. One of the trilogies features contributions of playwrights from Thailand, Singapore and Japan. Another independently produced trilogy of plays has been added to the festival-totalling the entire festival to a treat of 18 short plays. Full-length plays will also be featured in a series of dramatic readings at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino.

Tickets to the Virgin Labfest are at P200 (for plays to be shown at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute & Bulwagang Amado Hernandez) and "Pay What You Can" (for play readings at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino). For more details, please contact Tanghalang Pilipino at 832-3661, or the CCP Box Office at 832-3704. Visit our website for schedules.


A compilation of plays submitted by foreign playwrights. Tanghalang Huseng Batute, June 28 (3:00 PM / 8:00 PM), July 7 (8:00 PM) and July 8 (3:00 PM)

Narumol Thammapruksa' He-Me-She-It
Directed by Jaime del Mundo
A poetic improvisation where a newcomer, an alien/stranger both influences and terrifies the members of an undisclosed remote town

Haresh Sharma's Lizard
Directed by Nicolas Pichay
A surreal and inertly violent depiction of a Singaporean household whose scheming, double-dealing, and at times cruel transactions negotiated with each other makes for a rather intense sala-set drama

Yoji Sakate's Noh Play, Three Sisters
Directed by Jose Estrella
This is a moving ghost story and a touching memorial to the ravages of war and the significant resonance of War in Theater

Features household drama far from telenovela fare. Skeletons in the closet, in-house rebellions, and family decisions that just have to be made. Tanghalang Huseng Batute, June 29 (3:00 PM / 8:00 PM), July 5 (3:00 PM) andJuly 8 (8:00 PM)

Debbie Ann Tan's Teroristang Labandera
Directed by Yoshi Toshihisa
A funny and yet disturbing destruction of class and racial stereotypes, this comedy may seem to say more than just being wacky

Dennis Teodosio's Bagahe
Directed by Rito Asilo
A short, intense conversation between a son and his dying father torn by the need to migrate and the need to define home

Lani Montreal's Looking for Darna
Directed by Khryss Adalia
About three generations of women painfully coming to terms with a reality that renders many women helpless and silent.

Set 3 - XX AND X
The most unsettling and disturbing compilation of the season. We enjoin you to widen your understanding, come in with an open mind and expect the unexpected. Warning: Hindi pang-isip bata. Tanghalang Huseng Batute, June 30 (3:00 PM / 8:00 PM), July 5 (8:00 PM) and July 6 (3:00 PM)

Dr. Auggie Arcenas' Séance
Directed by EricK Castro
A quiet yet intense confrontation between a fortune teller and her customer that becomes a battle of wit and a revelation of small cruelties and hypocrisies.

Allan Lopez' Kasaysayan
Directed by Victor Villareal
A rather macabre rendition of capitalist barbarism and a gruesome exploration of the weird, horrible patriarchal ways of the bourgeoisie

George Vail Kabristante's My Padir is an OCW
About an aging transvestite's bizarre association with a young dancer who harbors a family secret.

Provides another take on forbidden loves, sexual desire and the fruits it reaps, both good and evil. It is also 3 variations on a theme: Spring's awakening! Tanghalang Huseng Batute, July 1 (3:00 PM / 8:00 PM), July 6 (8:00 PM) and July 7 (3:00 PM)

Argel Tuason's Kuyom
Directed by John Abul
About a young boy's exposure to exploitation and cruelty, rendered more complicated by the environment he finds himself in, a world of gay impersonators

Arlo de Guzman's Three Unsent Letters
Directed by Nor Domingo
An epistolary drama about a man's awakening to love and betrayal. Letters that have not been sent become monologues of despair and a sense of renewal at the same time

Layeta Bucoy's Ellas Inosentes
Directed by Tuxqs Rutaquio
About two sisters whose innocent conversation and unmalicious observations of a household not quite their own reveals the violence and inhumanity of the adults around them.

Bulwagang Amado Hernandez on June 29 (3:00 PM), June 30 (10:00 AM / 3:00 PM) and July 1 (3:00 PM).

Rene Villanueva's Bertdey ni Guido
Performed by the Dulaang Sipat Lawin Ensemble
Directed by George de Jesus III
Offers a wonderful juvenile perspective of the relationship between the personal and the political, made more marvelous with music and dance

Niel de Mesa's Mga Obra ni Maestra
A hilarious and biting play about three young children with superpowers and are heavily conflicted between saving the world or fulfilling the grueling, tedious domestic duties that their parents have ordered them to do

James Cansanay's Kung Pwede Sanang Ipagpalit ang Tatay
Directed by Catherine Racsag
A strange but fascinating fable about a young boy who mistakenly traded his father for a toy


Bulwagang Amado Hernandez on July 6 (8:00 PM), July 7 (3:00 PM / 8:00 PM) and July 8 (3:00 PM).

Job Pagsibingan's May Bumubulong
Directed by Christian Bautista
About two brothers battling for the right to claim property and lineage and revealing the fragile and uncertain state of any one's identity

Dennis Teodosio's Pobreng Alindahaw
Directed by Delfin Ilao
A short but hilarious allegory that starts off like a folktale for children, but the issues laid down by two dragonflies and a butterfly turn this otherwise comic fantasy into a serious look into one's personality.

Rogelio Braga's Sa Pagdating ng Barbaro
Directed by Nick Olanka
Performed by the UP Repertory Company
About a small town that witnesses a suicide, an open secret military operation in a Muslim community nearby, the coming of a stranger with a suitcase that contains a secret, which no one will ever know, and the numerous white lies of a woman

Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, 7:00 PM

Glen Mas' Games People Play (June 29)
Rene Villanueva's Baby B. (June 30)
Tim Dacanay's Teatro Porvenir (July 6)
Malou Jacob's Huling Salubong (July 7)

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