Campus theater groups' 2013-2014 season line-ups

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

Scene from "The Sky Over Dimas."
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 foundations of his family" had its world premiere earlier this year in HTG's previous season, directed by HTG artistic director Raffy Tejada.

HTG will conclude its season in March 2014 with "Birdcage," a Filipino translation by Nonon Carandang of Jean Poiret's "La Cage aux Folles."

The manager of a nightclub and the flamboyant star attraction of his bar attempt to tone down for the parents of their son's fiancé, resulting in mix-ups and comedic chaos.

Both "Sky Over Dimas" and "Birdcage" will be staged in the school's Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium.

Contact Harlequin Theatre Guild at 5244611 loc. 702 and 737 or

Ateneo Enterteyment para sa Tao, Bayan, Lansangan at Diyos (Entablado) of Ateneo De Manila University opened its 31st season, dubbed "Personalan Na!," in May with Chris Millado's "Buwan at Baril" to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Benigno Aquino Jr.'s assassination (which falls on Aug. 21).

Directed by AE artistic director Jethro Tenorio, the play tackled life during the Marcos dictatorship through eight different characters from various classes and regions. The play was also staged partly as a homage to Entablado's roots in that the play traces the beginnings of the country's protest and street theater.

Come August, the group will stage Dennis Marasigan's "Ang Buhay ay Pelikula," to be directed by Tenorio. In the play, a film producer has to choose between film aesthetics and practicality. "The play seeks to define which truly the better choice is, the value of what a real film should be and the consequences on the relationships of all those involved in its production," he says.

In November, Jesus Ignacio directs "Filemon Mamon," adapated from Christine Bellen's children's book. Filemon loves to act and eat. He auditions for a role but is deemed too fat for it. Audiences will see how Filemon deals with situation in a positive manner.

Their season concludes in January 2014 with Malou Jacob's "Juan Tamban," to be directed by Ron Capinding. Inspired from newspaper reports of a boy who ate cockroaches and lizards, the play delves into how a masteral student attempts to study Juan Tamban's strange diet as part of her academic requirements.

Contact Ateneo Entablado at 09159479061or

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