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Look who've banded together to form a new theater company: Red Turnip Theater Company

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Look who've banded together to form a new theater company 
By Walter Ang
July 20, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer


Defiance is at the core of the birth of new theater group Red Turnip.

Theater artists (in alphabetical order) Ana Abad Santos, Topper Fabregas, Jenny Jamora, Cris Villonco and Rem Zamora had been meaning to set up the group for a few years now, partly to break away from the current popular choices of the Manila theater industry.

Not that there's anything wrong with musicals or light subject matter, they point out. But given the slew of musicals and dearth of plays, they yearned to tackle work and topics that aren't "the usual comedy or farce."

The group wanted to do plays that were edgier than most, that didn't necessarily cater to perceived audience interest or commercial viability, that were "in your face."

On their free time, Abad Santos, Fabregas and Jamora would spearhead informal script readings of these kinds of plays.

"I [woul…

CCP's retrospective tribute for Nat'l Artist for Theater Design ‘Badong’ Bernal

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CCP mounts retrospective tribute for National Artist for Theater Design ‘Badong’ Bernal
By Walter Ang
July 15, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

National Artist for Theater Design Salvador "Badong" Bernal will be honored with a retrospective exhibition highlighting his various design projects in theater, ballet, opera, and film.

Organized by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, "Badong: Salvador Bernal Designs the Stage" will occupy three galleries: Bulwagang Juan Luna, Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino and Pasilyo Juan Luna.

"Acknowledged as the Father of Theater Design in the Philippines, Bernal was instrumental in elevating theater and production design as a fine art and a profession in the country," says project coordinator Ricardo Cruz, head of the CCP Production Design and Technical Services Division.

Bernal began designing professionally in 1969 and was involved in more than 300 productions until he passed away in 2011. He was conferred the National Artis…

Campus theater groups' 2013-2014 season line-ups

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Campus theater groups' 2013-2014 season line-ups
Each group has one production adapted from a book this season
By Walter Ang
July 13, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Harlequin Theatre Guild of De La Salle University-Manila opens its 47th season with "DuLa Salle," its annual festival of plays.

This year's installment will feature short stories written by members of De La Salle University's Writer's Guild. The stories will focus on "lives of the ordinary workers in the university, paying tribute to the nameless faces and the unsung stories of campus heroes."

"DuLa Salle" runs Aug. 8-10 at William Shaw Little Theater.

In November, the group restages "The Sky Over Dimas," adapted by Tim Dacanay from the Manila Critics Circle National Book Award-winning novel by Vicente Groyon.

The story of Rafael Torrecarion's return to Hacidena Dimas and his encounter with the "web of long-buried secrets that preserve and threaten the foundati…

Violence via movement in Tanghalang Ateneo’s ‘Ang Oresteyas’

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Violence via movement in Tanghalang Ateneo’s ‘Ang Oresteyas’
By Walter Ang
July 6, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Tanghalang Ateneo opens its 2013-2014 season with “Ang Oresteyas,” BJ Crisostomo’s Tagalog translation and adaptation of ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus’ trilogy “The Oresteia.”

Dubbed “Reimagining the Greeks,” TA’s 35th season will showcase contemporary approaches to ancient Greek drama.

The production combines all three plays (“Agamemnon,” “The Libation Bearers” and “The Eumenides”), focusing on Orestes’ killing of his mother Klytemnestra as an act of revenge for her murder of his father Agamemnon. Orestes is brought to trial and the audience forms part of the jury.

Crisostomo uses his translator’s conceit in employing the English language convention of adding an “s” to pluralize nouns for his Tagalog adaptation title.

“It sums up the way I see the original trilogy,” he says. “It has three stories but all of them have the same structure. The trilogy has different chara…

Free Japanese film festival includes anime

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Free Japanese film festival includes anime
By Walter Ang
July 3, 2013
ABS-CBNnews.com


http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle/07/03/13/free-japanese-film-fest-includes-anime
This year's Eiga Sai (Japanese Film Festival) kicks off on July 4 and lasts a whole month. It begins in Metro Manila, will tour Davao and Cebu, then concludes in Quezon City.

All films are free admission on a first come, first served basis and will be shown with English subtitles. Screening venues are at the Shang Cineplex Cinema 2, Mandaluyong City (July 4 to 14); Abreeza Mall and FDCP Cinematheque, Davao City (July 19 to 28); Ayala Center Cinema 4, Cebu City (August 7 to 11); and UP Film Institute, Quezon City (August 19 to 25).

Now on its 15th year, Eiga Sai (literally "film fest") is organized by the Japan Foundation-Manila Office. The film fest is part of the celebration of Philippines-Japan Friendship Month in July. It also celebrates the 40th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, with the…

Playwright Floy Quintos dominates campus theater this season

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Playwright Floy Quintos dominates campus theater this season
By Walter Ang
June 29, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Prolific playwright Floy Quintos will premiere three new works this season via campus theater groups Tanghalang Ateneo and Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas in their productions for schoolyear 2013-2014.

Dubbed "Reimagining the Greeks," Tanghalang Ateneo's (Ateneo de Manila University) 35th season will showcase contemporary approaches to ancient Greek drama.

It opens in July with "Ang Oresteyas," BJ Crisostomo's Tagalog translation and adaptation of Aeschylus' trilogy "The Oresteia."

The production combines all three plays ("Agamemnon," "The Libation Bearers," and "The Eumenides"), focusing on Orestes' killing of his mother Klytemnestra as an act of revenge for her murder of his father Agamemnon. Orestes is brought to trial and the audience forms part of the jury.

The staging will be movement-centri…