Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Children Crossing

For the past 33 years, The University of the Philippines Repertory Company (UP REP) has established its presence within the UP cultural scene by producing plays written and directed by Filipino artists. Many of these are socially relevant and work to enlighten our audience on different issues encountered in our society.This Februrary, UP Rep invites you to the staging of "Children Crossing",featuring "Si Malakas at Maganda" and Lone Butterfly" by Behn Cervantes, "Ang Panlilinlang ni Kuya Perry" by the UP Rep members, to be staged at the Dalisay Aldaba Recital Hall, UP Diliman on February 28 (7pm), March 1, 4, and 8 (4pm & 7pm).

Synopsis
Si Malakas at Maganda
Ni Behn Cervantes

Sa mata ng Diyos, lahat tayo ay pantay-pantay ngunit sa lipunang atin ngayong ginagalawan, mas kinikilingan ang mga kalalakihan. Ito marahil ang daing ng mga Pilipina, pilit na nilalabanan ang maging isang mahinang nilalang sa isang mundong pinaghaharian ng kalalakihan. Ngunit salungat sa’ting tradisyunal na pinaniniwalaan at kasalukuyang nararanasan, sa mito kung paano nabuo ang ninuno nating mga Pilipino naipakita ang pagiging pantay ng babae at lalake. Inilalahad ng dulang ito kung papaano naging kakaiba sa lahat ng uri ng mga tao ang Genesis ng Pilipino. Isang ibong baon ang mga makukulay na karanasan ng kanyang paglalakbay, tangan ang pagpupursigi na magkaroon ng kabuluhan ang buhay ang humanap at nakatagpo ng isang kawayang kakaiba sa lahat. Mula sa kawayang ito na tinuka ng ibon sabay na lumabas sina Malakas at Maganda, ang sinasabing pinag-ugatan ng lahing Pilipino. Ang babae ay hindi basta nagmula sa tadyang ng lalaki gaya ng inilalahad ng iba, nagpapakita ng pantay na pagpapahalaga sa dalawang uri ng tao, babae at lalaki.



The Lone Butterfly
Ni Behn Cervantes

Ang pabulang “The Lone Butterfly” ay tungkol sa apat na paru-parong naghahanap ng bagong lugar na mapagkukunan nila ng pagkain. Sa kasamaang palad, ang natagpuan nilang lugar na mapagkukunan ng nectar ay inaangkin ng mga unggoy. Dahil sa kasakiman at takot ng mga unggoy na baka tuluyang kunin ng mga paru-paro ang kanilang sanktuwaryo, nagsagawa ng mga hakbang ang mga ito upang mapaalis at matakot ang mga itinuturing nilang kaagaw at kaaway. Mabuti na lang at hindi sila nagtagumpay. Sa bandang huli ay naliwanagan din ang mga unggoy na maaari naman silang mamuhay ng matiwasay kasama ng mga paru-paro at ibahagi ang natatamasa nilang biyaya sa mga ito.
Ayon sa manunulat ng dula, ang mga paru-paro ay maaaring maging representasyon ng kontemporaryong Pilipino, silang mga nangingibang bansa upang magtrabaho. Silang itinuturing na mga bagong bayani ay nakikipagsapalaran at kinakaharap ang mga suliranin doon sa malalayong bayan para mabigyan ng maayos na buhay ang kanilang mga pamilya. Pawis, pagod at minsan pa’y dugo ng ating mga kababayan ang nagpapayaman sa mga bansang pinagsisilbihan nila.


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Monday, December 26, 2005

Unang Yugto update:

The official entry form can be found here.
Unang Yugto update:

The deadline for entries has been extended to March 10, 2006.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Unang Yugto updates

The deadline for entries has been extended until December 2005. There will also be a free scriptwriting workshop on August 13, 2005. Text 0919-4625312 for any inquiries.

Please visit the site regularly for further updates.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Unang Yugto


This July, The UP Repertory Company, in cooperation with the Office of the UP President, Chalk magazine, and the Philippine Star, is launching Unang Yugto, a playwriting contest for the youth.

Unang Yugto is a playwriting contest for the youth that aims to encourage young playwrights to produce socially relevant work in Filipino. The winning one-act plays will be considered for production in September 2006.

Who can join?
Filipino citizens aged 30 years old and below except applicants, members, and alumni of The UP Repertory Company.

Specifics on entries:
All entries must be socially relevant one-act plays in Filipino, at least 30 pages long, and must have a running time of at least 45 minutes.

Deadline for submissions:
Entries may be hand-delivered to the UP Rep office (104B Vinzons Hall, University of the Philippines – Diliman) or mailed to the UP Repertory Company c/o Office for Student Affairs, University of the Philippines – Diliman. All entries must be received by 7pm on March 10, 2006.

  • Download full contest rules

    For additional questions or clarifications, you can contact us at 0926-7410085, 0922-4970139, or 0928-3557783. You can also email us at up.repertory@gmail.com

    EDIT: The deadline for entries has been extended to March 10, 2006. Please check this space for future updates.
  • Friday, July 01, 2005

    COMPANY PROFILE

    The U.P. Repertory Company is a non-stock, non-profit organization composed of the students of the University of the Philippines, which aims to promote and uplift the state of the Philippine Theater. Founded in 1968 through the leadership of U.P. professor Behn Cervantes, the Company was a venue for the production of classical plays. The founders also encouraged and trained students who exhibited an inclination to the theater arts. Unfortunately, due to lack of support from the U.P. administration and financial difficulties, the programs and plans of the Company were put to an abrupt end. It was only in 1972 when the company was re-established to answer the University's need for a responsible performing group. Due to deteriorating social conditions, the Company decided to produce plays relevant to the Philippine context.

    The UPRC has a long tradition of producing plays that mirror the lives of the Filipinos. This tradition stems from its guiding principle, " Repleksyon ng Pangangailangan ng Nakararami " or RPN. The Company has produced the plays of national writers such as Amelia Lapenia-Bonifacio, Rogelio Sicat, Alberto Florentino, Domingo Landicho, Amado Hernandez, Bonifacio Ilagan, Estrella Alfon, Wilfredo Virtusio, Julian Cruz Balmaseda, Nick Joaquin, Wilfredo Ma. Guerrero, Rene Villanueva, Luna Sicat Cleto and Joi Barrios.
    Many known actors, such as Barbara Perez, Roberto Arevalo, Hilda Coronel, Gloria Diaz, Orestes Ojeda, Tetchie Agbayani, Pilar Pilapil, Daria Ramirez, Roderick Paulate, Daniel Fernando, Tony Mabesa, Anton Juan, Alexander Cortez, Ogie Juliano, Leo Roque, Susan Valdez, Angie Ferro, and Juan Rodrigo have been a part of several Company productions.
    In addition the Company has developed a significnt variant of the lightning/street play called the "Tula-Dula". The " Tula-Dula", developed by Cecile de Joya, is a lightning play where actors act out a mime to a poem being read aloud by readers. The "Tula-Dula" has been used by the Company in various venues, and is still used to this day.
    Being a student organization, the Company has continually striven to train its members in fields such as costume making, set-construction, lighting design, as well as acting, directing and writing. These activities are conducted by inviting veterans of the theater world as teachers and workshop facilitators.Consequently, the Company has produced numerous talents, many of whom are successful in their chosen field. Rory Quintos, Ces Quesada, Jon Santos, Ching Arellano, Kata Inocencio, Blaise Gacoscos, Joi Barrios, Hill Billy Willy of of WKC, Eugenio Domingo, Stella Canete, Menggie Cobarrubias, Augie Rivera and Chris Martinez are just some of them.
    In pursuing its aims of bringing theater to the masses, the Company has performed in a number of venues such as schools, universities, towns and small communities outside the University: Metro Manila, Bulacan, Laguna, Cagayan, Ilocos Sur, and Negros Occidental.
    Whether performing in a big venue or a small plaza, the Company has continually striven to ingrain in its audience the importance of theater.It is for these aims and acts that over the years, the UPRC has been given recognition. The Company was named Most Outstanding Special Interest Group in 1983 and Most Outstanding Student Organization in 1985 by U.P. It was cited by the Aliw Awards for Best Cultural Series in 1987.
    The Company is now in its 33rd season.