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Technical directing workshop at Peta Theater Center Feb. 29-Mar. 2

Technical directing workshop at Peta Theater Center Feb. 29-Mar. 2
By WALTER ANG

Feb. 28, 2016
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Sinag Arts Foundation and the Japan Foundation Manila Office are holding a technical directing workshop from Feb. 29 to March 2 at the Peta Theater Center (PTC) in Quezon City, with Japanese technical director Koga Yuji facilitating the workshop.

International lighting designer Shoko Matsumoto will be coordinating and interpreting. Matsumoto is the lighting designer of Philippine Educational Theater Association's current jukebox musical using the songs of Francis Magalona, "3 Stars and A Sun."

She was active in the Manila theater industry in the late `90s and 2000s, doing the lighting design of productions such as Gilda Cordero-Fernando's "Luna: An Aswang Romance," Trumpets' "Little Mermaid" and "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe," Tanghalang Pilipino's "Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal" and Peta's …

How Sigmund Pecho conjures the magic of shadowplay

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How Sigmund Pecho conjures the magic of shadowplay
By WALTER ANG
Feb. 20, 2016
Philipipine Daily Inquirer

Shadow puppet designer Sigmund Pecho's works are seen in two productions this month: Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas' (DUP) "Tisoy Brown: Hari ng Wala" and puppet theater group Teatrong Mulat ng Pilipinas' (TM) one-day-only staging of "The Bread of Salt."

"Tisoy Brown" is an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's "Peer Gynt." Jose Estrella directs the translation and adaptation by Rody Vera, where the trolls and other creatures Gynt encounters are replaced with entities from Philippine mythology and folklore.

Pecho's designs help create the supernatural and fantastic world that Tisoy Brown lives in. He's done work with Estrella before, in her direction of "Umaaraw,  Umuulan, Kinakasal ang Tikbalang" (based on Gilda Cordero-Fernando's children's short story "The Magic Circle," serialized in Inquirer&#…

Truly, madly, theatrically: 6 couples and how the stage brought them together

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Truly, madly, theatrically: 6 couples and how the stage brought them together
By WALTER ANG
Feb. 13, 2016
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Filipino plays and musicals have given us couples such as Crisostomo Ibarra and Maria Clara, Orosman and Zafira, Florante and Laura, Julia and Tenyong ("Walang Sugat"), Ada and Dodong ("Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal"), Aileen and Tolits ("Rak of Aegis"), among others.

Love happens, too, to the actors and backstage crews who bring these characters to life. Here are some of them.

Teetin Villanueva and JC Santos: Something to Believe In
It was when JC Santos watched Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas' (DUP) "Noli Me Tangere: The Opera" that he first noticed Teetin Villanueva in the ensemble.

When they were both cast in DUP's "Adarna," JC declared she was his leading lady.

"I was one of seven Adarna women, so there's favoritism there," Teetin points out. "Then he volunteered to choreograp…

Staged reading of play 'People Power' in Toronto by Carlos Bulosan Theatre

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Staged reading of play 'People Power' in Toronto
By WALTER ANG
Feb. 10, 2016
Inquirer.net
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/136360/136360

A staged reading of the play "People Power" in Toronto, Canada will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1986 EDSA Revolution, which overthrew the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.

Carlos Bulosan Theatre will present the play, "which follows the events of the revolution primarily from the perspective of regular citizens versus the iconic figures," says CBT artistic producer Leon Aureus.

"The staged reading will be presented with multimedia components," he adds. It will be held at Artscape Sandbox, a new arts center in downtown Toronto.

A panel discussion will follow, exploring how much has or hasn't changed since those days of great hope and inspiration.