As its fourth and final offering for its 40th theatrical season, The Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas (DUP) will be showing “The Dressing Room: That Which Flows Away Ultimately Becomes Nostalgia” (also “Ang Dressing Roon: Kung Saan Lubusang Pangungulila ang Dulot ng Agos ng Panahon“).
Set in post-World War II Japan, the play was created in 1977 by Shimizu Kunio, with translation adapted by playwright Chiori Miyagawa from an original translation by John Gillespie.
The DUP production will be headlined by the likes of Frances Makil-Ignacio, Ces Quesada, Missy Maramara, Roeder Camañag, Andoy Ranay, Gwyn Guanzon, and Ian Ignacio, all seasoned actors of Philippine theater, film, and television.
The play will be directed by Alexander Cortez, who will utilize an all-female cast for English version and an all-male cast for the Filipino version translated by Palanca Hall of Famer, Nicolas Pichay.
In a press release, DUP described “The Dressing Room” as a play within a play that “tells the stories, frustrations, memoirs and aspirations of four actresses preparing backstage (gakuya, in Japanese) and waiting for their cue to enter the stage.”
“All actresses express their desire to perform the lead role and their persistent angling for it ignites a comic yet dramatic narrative about shared memories and their relationship with each other,” the theater group said, adding that “The Dressing Room” is at its core a tender and humorous drama about actors, the theater, aging, surviving, and moving on.
The artistic team is composed of Dexter M. Santos (choreography), Ohm David (set design), Meliton Roxas Jr. (lighting design), Faust Peneyra (costume), Jethro Joaquin (sound design), Jean Edfhel Pascual & JC Bautista (dramaturgs-in-training), Patricia Balboa (video design) Stephen Viñas (assistant choreography), Garett Picardal (lights apprentice), Jojit Lorenzo (photography), Gwyn Guanzon (art direction for pictorials), Riza Romero (make-up designer for pictorials), and Pow Santillan (poster design).
Also featured in the production are up-and-upcoming theatre actors, Jon Abella, Maxine Ignacio, Marynor Madamesila, and the Dulaang UP ensemble.
Haring Lear/King Lear will run from April 6 to 24, 2015 at the University of the Philippines’ Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater (2nd floor of Palma Hall). Interested parties may contact Samanta Hannah Clarin or Camille Guevarra at 926-1349, 433-7840, and 981-8500 local 2449 for tickets reservation, sponsorships, and show buying inquiries.