Dulaang UP's Ang Nawalang Kapatid Extended Shows, Sold Out!
Dulaang UP recently announced that the additional show dates of their 38th season offering titled "Ang Nawalang Kapatid" went sold out proving the warm reception of the public to the adaptation of The Mahabharata by acclaimed playwright Floy Quintos with original score by Ceejay Javier, and direction & choreography by Dexter M. Santos.
Staged at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman, Ang Nawalang Kapatid is a re-telling of the epic battle between the Kaurava and Pandava families. The story focuses on the anti-hero Karna, a brave young man who must choose between loyalty to his family or to the state which made him a prince.
Ang Nawalang Kapatid was originally written as a children’s play for the Ateneo Children’s Theater and was first produced for their 2011 season. This new version allows for many more of the complexities of the original material to be dramatized. New arrangements of the original songs were created by Ceejay Javier, whose original works include “Isang Panaginip na Fili”, “Astig”, “Alex in Wonderland”, “Break Away Antigone”. He is best known as Musical Director for Atlantis Productions’ “Next To Normal”, Disney's “The Little Mermaid”, “Carrie”, “Addams Family”. As expected, the new staging will showcase Dexter Santos’ flair for images and movement as seen in his previous works “Maxie the Musical”, “Collection”, “Orosman at Zafira”.
Through this production, Dulaang UP seeks to bring the timeless story of The Mahabharata to a wider audience. By filtering the epic through the sensibilities of Filipino artists, the production shows us our Indian roots and its enduring impact on our culture. The production highlights how the epic has shaped strong values like loyalty to family which is so much a part of Southeast Asian culture.
The formidable artistic staff is completed by Gino Gonzales who designs the costumes, John Batalla who designs the lights, Ohm David who designs the set, with musical arrangement by Louise Ybañez, additional choreography created by Al Garcia, Jeffrey Hernandez, Stephen Viñas, Vincent Pajara, technical direction by Meliton Roxas Jr. and Ohm David, dramaturgy by Teetin Villanueva and Jeffrey Hernandez and poster design and photography by Dino Dimar.
Ticket buyers who got the chance to buy the tickets before it went sold out will be witnessing ANG NAWALANG KAPATID's additional shows on March 14, 15, and 16, 2014 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman.
Photos credit: Mr. Vladimeir Gonzales and Mr. Christian Velarde