Saturday, January 08, 2011

Amphitryon: another good play to be staged by Dulaang UP

Theater fans, mark your calendars for another great production! 

I already know the story of Jupiter and Alcmene, the wife of King Amphitryon, but I wasn't aware it has been translated to Filipino, until now. This version of the play sounds very interesting. Please read on to find out more about it.

Press Release:

Dulaang UP’s 4th production for the 35th Theater Season is AMPHITRYON, a classic comedy by German playwright Heinrich von Kleist translated in Filipino by Jerry Respeto and directed by Jose Estrella.

Based on a Roman comedy of the same title, AMPHITRYON is a moral fable that challenges our deeply rooted beliefs about love, infidelity, and identity. It presents Alcmene, a loving and faithful wife who was left alone by Amphitryon, her husband, the king, who had to go to battle. One day, the god Jupiter, fell in love with her, and disguised and presented himself as the long lost husband. 

A night of exceptional happiness ensued between the supposed “husband” and wife, but after the disguise and deception ,the god-lover disappears as the mortal husband, King Amphitryon, returns. What follows is the intricate tangling and unraveling of the chaos caused by this “divine intervention” – in turns hilarious, romantic, disturbing and thought-provoking.

The cast includes Neil Sese, Lex Marcos, Diana Malahay, Wenah Nagales, George de Jesus, Paolo O'Hara, Lucky de Mesa and Natasha Cabrera.

Comprising the artistic team are Set Designer Lex Marcos, Light Designer John Batalla, Costume Designer Raven Ong and Sounds Designer TJ Ramos.

Amphitryon will run from February 16 to March 6, 2011 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2nd floor Palma Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon City from Wednesdays to Fridays at 7pm and at 10am and 3pm during weekends. For tickets, please contact Cherry at 09177500107, or the Dulaang UP Office at 926-1349, 981-8500 local 2449 or 433-7840.

First Week

February 16 Wednesday - 7pm
February 17 Thursday - 7 pm
February 18 Friday - 7 pm
February 19 Saturday - 10 am and 3pm
February 20 Sunday - 10 am and 3pm

Second Week

February 23 Wednesday - 7 pm
February 24 Thursday - 7 pm
February 25 Friday - 7 pm
February 26 Saturday - 10 am and 3pm
February 27 Sunday - 10 am and 3pm

Third Week

March 2 Wednesday - 7 pm
March 3 Thursday - 7 pm
March 4 Friday - 7 pm
March 5 Saturday - 10 am and 3pm
March 6 Sunday - 10 am and 3pm
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