ARTIST PLAYGROUND'S PLAYLIST TRACK 2 - I REMEMBER A BOY
Nov
11
to Nov 12

ARTIST PLAYGROUND'S PLAYLIST TRACK 2 - I REMEMBER A BOY

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When the going gets tough, where do you get your strength?

Artist Playground’s Playlist TRACK 2 proudly presents I REMEMBER A BOY - an original musical revue featuring OPM’s most classic hits on Nov. 11 – 12 at Arts Above located at West Venue Bldg., 112 West Avenue, QC.

Made by Millenials, for Millenials, AP’s Playlist, Track 2: I Remember A Boy, is about a group of friends who reunite at a cafe they once frequented when they were still college students. They shall recall how their friendship came together, how they fell in love and fell apart. While reminiscing on their past - remembering the best and worst memories - they unearth feelings which were once laid to rest. With ties severed and hearts broken through the years, will this short reunion allow them to rekindle old flames and begin anew?

This fresh yet nostalgic story of love and friendship that transcends time will be featuring six young, experienced and talented performing artists: Kathleen Francisco, Cathrine Go, Philippe Go, Joe Henson, Mariella Laurel and Miko Manguba.

With musical direction by award-winning Jesse Lucas, I REMEMBER A BOY will relive to the younger audience the beautiful and meaningful melodies of classic OPM hits dating from the 70s to the 90s.

I Remember A Boy is presented by the ALM Foundation, co-presented by South Hub Productions, Hues n Cues Lighting Design and Mismo Studio, with its major sponsors: Elle Battung and Sandstone Productions; and minor sponsors: Andrea Zubiri Photography, Nina Carlos Makeup. 

Show Dates and Schedule:
November 11 (Saturday) : 7PM- 9:30 PM
November 12 (Sunday) ) : 7PM- 9:30 PM
Ticket Price: Php 800.00, inclusive of one (1) drink; 
Php 600.00 for students, senior citizens and PWD, inclusive of one (1) drink
PROMO: Buy 5 Get 1 Free, for regular priced ticket (Php 800) until Nov 5, call Kim at 0975 919 3179

Meet the Cast

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Kathleen Francisco

Kathleen Francisco  is a 24 year old freelance performing artist who also doubles as a marketing consultant for various theater and events companies

At the tender age of six, she broke into the musical theater scene, through Trumpets Playshop in the summer of 1999. Immediately after, she became a Trumpets Playshop Kid along with other young talents who performed in various concerts, television shows, corporate events and musicals. In those eight years, some of her notable work included ‘A Grinchmas Christmas Musical’ as Lucy Lou Who and ‘Christmas Spark the Musical’ (Nine Works Theatrical), the Dunkin' Donuts Christmas VCD (2003), Christian Bautista’s “Colour Everywhere” concert, as well as the singing voice of Young Imang in the ABS-CBN first fantaserye, Kampanerang Kuba (2005)

After conquering university life, Kathleen decided to take on the stage once again. Since 2015, her most notable theater work includes MLQ: Ang Buhay ni Manuel L. Quezon (Full House Productions, 2015) The Little Mermaid as Princess Sapphire (Trumpets Inc., 2015), Dog Sees God as Tricia/Peppermint Patty (Twin Bill Theater, 2016), Queen Of The Universe as Sarah Wurtzbach (STAGES, 2017); and Baby B as Amy Ocampo (Artist Playground, 2017). Her line up for corporate events includes major brands such as PLDT, Nestle, Nickelodeon, Jollibee, Johnson and Johnsons, Maybank, Personal Collection, SM Malls, Megaworld and much more.   

Aside from her theater credentials, she lends her voice to local advertisements, hosts and writes for corporate events and parties. Kathleen is also experienced in her finished degree, having acquired a masters degree in Communication Majoring in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Asia and the Pacific. She works as the marketing manager and consultant for the following theater and events companies: Trumpets Playshop, Playshop Playhouse and Twin Bill Theater Productions, ArtSource and Artist Playground. With her passion for storytelling and creation, Kathleen also worked alongside the creative team of I Remember A Boy, heavily contributing as their Artistic Consultant.

 

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Cathrine Go

Cathrine Go is a full-time freelance performer, performance-maker, actor and theater artist-teacher. Won as Best Actress in Sikat Awards in 2013 and an Aliw Awards Best Actress nominee for the year 2016 for Rody Vera’s Happiness is a Pearl. She is one of the resident actors (The Players) of Artist Playground, member of Tag-ani Performing Arts Society, member of The Scenius Pro and Scenius ProActives and performer in Party with Jive. She took several trainings for theater and other artistic disciplines at PUP Sining-Lahi Polyrepertory, PETA-MTTL and Artist Playground. It was 2015 when she was chosen to be the Philippine Delegate for Dramatic Arts in ROK-ASEAN held in Korea National University for the Arts, Seoul, Korea. Some of her notable performances are her portrayals for Maikling Dasal, Mahabang Gabi, Mabuhay ang Bagong Kasal, Hindi na Muli, Happiness is a Pearl, Mulagat, Prelude to Macbeth and M Episode.

Her other performances includes her participation with Tag-ani’s music album – Saka Lamang Papayapa and her performance for the recent KoryoLab 2017.

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Philippe Go

Philippe Go is a product of Trumpets Playshop Playhouse and played Papa Ge (Once On This Island) and Mr. Ostrovsky/Carl Grubenniere (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) in their 2016 and 2017 annual showcases, respectively. His most recent role was with Make Believe Productions where he portrayed the Pilot in their interactive musical adaptation of The Little Prince.

A chemist by profession, he entered the pop music scene after being chosen by Lea Salonga in The Voice of the Philippines Season 2, thereafter becoming known as "The Singing Chemist." This was followed by numerous guesting stints as song interpreter in UNTV's A Song of Praise Music Festival making it all the way to the grand finals in 2015.

Philippe began his musical journey as a chorister, having performed and toured with the Philippine Vocal Ensemble, and is currently active in the Philippine contemporary a cappella scene as a tenor in the all-male group, Ten Thousand. The group recently competed in the Singapore A Cappella Championships finishing second and receiving a Gold Diploma.He performs at events, sings at weddings, and does radio/TV guestings and CrossFit in his spare time.

 

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Jose Henson

Joe Henson, aged 26, is quite new to the professional theater world but not with performing on stage.  Coming from a musically inclined family, he has been exposed to  music at a young age and has experience with the stage at 14. The vast majority of his exposure has been in singing in church and performing at Sunday school Christmas productions. He found his passion for theater and the arts in high school when he joined the drama club while he lived in Malaysia. It was there where he tried his hand in script writing, stage management, and directing for the following productions Around the World in 80 Days (2006) , Enchanted (2007), and Arianna (2008). Afterwhich, he focused on his studies and performed during worship services for his church.

In college, Joe ventured into the indie-music scene of Manila by performing in several gigs with his friends as a solo artist and doing duets with other up-and-coming artists. He did this while pursing his degree in Behavioral Science and later on he finished his post-graduate studies in DLSU. In 2013, he stopped performing and became a full-time student. After graduating, he then pursued a 9 to 5 job in Public Relations and events and eventually got involved in community work.

Joe is currently freelancing in various projects and events while getting more involved in the ministry of his church. His involvement in I Remember A Boy will be his first musical performance since high school. Regardless of where his path takes him, he believes that he will always have a passion for the arts. 

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Mariella Laurel

Mariella Laurel is a freelance performing artist who also finds joy in production work and teaching Musical Theatre for children. She’s been gracing the stage through countless opportunities that started at young age of 9. Sparking her interest for musical theatre was her first professional role in a musical as Crystal in Floy Quintos’ Lives. With that growing passion fueling her love for theater, she actively participated in Brent International School Manila’s voice and dance concerts, sang for the choral and performed in annual major productions, such as The Fantasticks as Luisa, Pippin as Catherine, Godspell as Robin, and Grease as Marty. She was a singer and officer of De La Salle Innersoul, De La Salle University - Manila’s Pop Vocal group, while completing her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts.

Her most notable theater work includes Shrek The Musical as Baby Bear, Villager, Tap Rat and Dulocian (Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group, 2014), Lagablab as Chayong (Artist Playground, 2016), A Christmas Carol as Scrooge’s Mother/Poulterer (9 Works Theatricals and Globe Lives, 2016), Baby B as Baby B (Artist Playground, 2017) and M Episode’s Prelude to Macbeth as Lorna Stewart (Artist Playground 2017).  Apart from her theater credentials, she lends her voice to local TV and Radio advertisements, hosts and performs for corporate events (Nestle, PLDT, Smart, MegaWorld, Korean Tourism Organization and SM malls.) and has acted for various short films, and TV5’s Wattpad Presents and Hi-5 Five in the Air.

Not only will we experience her soprano notes, acting chops and moves like there’s no tomorrow, but I REMEMBER A BOY marks her debut as Director. Being offered this production as part of the artistic/creative team, learning from her veteran mentors, as well as collaborating with fellow Millennials are only a few highlights to this new journey she is grateful for!

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Miko Manguba

Jamiko Allan Sabbun Manguba (born 24 April 1994; 23 years old), or Miko M is a Filipino musician and is a member and leader of GMA Network's winning boy band Top One Project. 

He made his debut as a singer with organizations in De La Salle University including De La Salle Innersoul and an a cappella group called "Taftonic." In 2015, Miko auditioned for the reality show To The Top, judged by the maestro Ryan Cayabyab and mentored by The Company and the Philippine All-Stars. He ended up being one of the grand winners that was later grouped together and became known as Top One Project (T.O.P.). 

In 2016, T.O.P. released its first self-titled album under GMA Records with their carrier single, “Paggising,” which became the soundtrack of the Koreanovela “Pretty Woman” on GMA Network. Miko and his group received the Best Duo/Group Artist of the Year award under the PMPC (Philippine Movie Press Club) Star Awards for Music 2016, with fellow nominees such as The Company and Silent Sanctuary. The group had their first-ever concert in October 2016, “TOP in Concert” at the Music Museum with special guests Aicelle Santos and Kim Domingo. 

Miko Manguba is currently studying AB Music Production in De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde to pursue this career path. His group T.O.P. is currently the artist for the soundtrack of Mulawin Vs. Ravena, “Ikaw Nga,” with another version by Regine Velasquez.

 

PHOTOS BY KUYA SO

 

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FLY ME TO THE MOON
Oct
13
to Oct 22

FLY ME TO THE MOON

Artist Playground in cooperation with Japan Foundation’s latest production “FLY ME TO THE MOON,” an original play penned by Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature Hall of Famer RODY VERA is all set to open on October 13, 2017 at ARTIST PLAYGROUND 112 West Avenue, Quezon City. Directed by PAUL JAKE PAULE, “ FLY ME TO THE MOON” is about the story of Melanie who embarks on a journey to Japan to help her family make ends meet. Using her charm, she boards on a ship full of flesh-hungry sea crew, and finds comfort in Jo, a karayuki-san who longs for her one true love Ibrahim. On the ship, the two draw parallels between their lives as they unfold their own stories. Soon, Melanie and Jo part ways to follow their own pavement, but still keep a piece of each other’s heart. The cast and character descriptions of ‘FLY ME TO THE MOON’ are as follows:  FATIMA CADIZ and DEA FORMACIL shall alternately play the role of Karayuki. Jo or Karayuki-san has suffered like all the other girls in their province, Amakusa. She became a sex slave at her young age in a neighboring country to comply with their country’s need for a female soldier. Unfortunately while she was in this foreign country serving men, she fell in love with Ibrahim without her realizing that it is love. The reason why she doesn’t know is because she never received love before even from her family who sold her just to make her brother a man. And because of love, she died.Karayuki-san believes that people love, people die. That was the love that she had experienced but she’s still hopeful that even they weren’t able to be together in this life, they will still have a chance to be together in their next life of the afterlife. ALDY CADUPAY, AI HOSE KI and XOSH ARDIO shall alternately essay the role of Melanie. Melanie is confident, strong-willed and positive in life. His story is like the story of every gay in our country. They want to go to Japan or other country in search of a better life and also the surgery that could make them a real woman. They are willing to take a risk just to achieve their goal. In Melanie’s case, he even snuck in a ship even though he’s not sure what’s waiting for him. CLIFFORD GONZALES, AR AR RAMILO and BJ OCAMPO shall alternately play the role of Ibrahim /Cat. A muslim man who fell in love with Karayuki san while she was in Sandakan Brothel No. 3. We can tell that Ibrahim might be a passionate man but due to this love, there is a possibility that he died and reincarnated to a cat. Jo said that he moves like a cat. He sneaks just to see her and that’s the reason why the cat is still with her soul/ghost. It might be waiting for them to reunite in the future as different people or in afterlife. MANU GALLARDO and JUN NAYRA shall alternately play the role of the Captain. The Captain is depicted as a cruel man but he’s just like any man who felt like he’s trapped in the vast ocean with nothing but sharks as his companion. He’s even willing to have sex with a man just to fulfill his lust for human flesh. The Players, Artist Playground’s very own group of artists shall play various roles in the ensemble, namely: Josh Adamero, Lliwel Agita, Aljean Badar, Leonardo Bania, Searl Escalona, Julia Garcia, Alleah Hugo, Vincent Macapobre, Reyn Mercado, Ariel Pan, Christopher Perez, Joyan Que, Beaulah Mae Saycon, Christian Silang, and Fernilyn Toladro. The Artistic Team of FLY ME TO THE MOON is led by Paul Jake Paule (Director), Roeder Camañag (Artistic Director & Choreographer), Jesse Lucas (Music By), Mailes Kanapi (Artistic Consultant) Jeffrey Camañag (Production Design Consultant) Searl Escalona (Assistant Director) John Mark Yap (Lay-out Designer & Projection Design) Aly Mondonedo (Photographer) Sem Pabion & Princess Tuason (Dramaturg) Rowena Jarito(Sound Designer), Kimberly Claire Somoza (Lighting Designer) and Reynoso Mercado (Production Designer). The Production Team OF FLY ME TO THE MOON is led by Kimberly Claire Somoza (Production Manager), Jessa Bisnar (Assistant PM), Joselito “Toots” Tolentino (Publicist), Mary Rose Agapito (Stage Manager), Ariel Pan (Deputy Stage Manager), Beaulah Mae Saycon (ASM ) , Star Alferez & Anna Clarisa Timbal (Spinner), Alex Gallo & Alleah Hugo (Costume Mistress) Julia Garcia & Christian Silang (Prop head), Fernilyn Toladro (Sponsorship) and Set team : Glenn Caspe, Josh Adamero and Joyan Kiu. Venue: ARTIST PLAYGROUND, Arts Above 112 West Avenue Quezon City.

Artist Playground in cooperation with Japan Foundation’s latest production “FLY ME TO THE MOON,” an original play penned by Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature Hall of Famer RODY VERA is all set to open on October 13, 2017 at ARTIST PLAYGROUND 112 West Avenue, Quezon City.

Directed by PAUL JAKE PAULE, “ FLY ME TO THE MOON” is about the story of Melanie who embarks on a journey to Japan to help her family make ends meet. Using her charm, she boards on a ship full of flesh-hungry sea crew, and finds comfort in Jo, a karayuki-san who longs for her one true love Ibrahim. On the ship, the two draw parallels between their lives as they unfold their own stories. Soon, Melanie and Jo part ways to follow their own pavement, but still keep a piece of each other’s heart.

The cast and character descriptions of ‘FLY ME TO THE MOON’ are as follows: 

FATIMA CADIZ and DEA FORMACIL shall alternately play the role of Karayuki. Jo or Karayuki-san has suffered like all the other girls in their province, Amakusa. She became a sex slave at her young age in a neighboring country to comply with their country’s need for a female soldier. Unfortunately while she was in this foreign country serving men, she fell in love with Ibrahim without her realizing that it is love. The reason why she doesn’t know is because she never received love before even from her family who sold her just to make her brother a man. And because of love, she died.Karayuki-san believes that people love, people die. That was the love that she had experienced but she’s still hopeful that even they weren’t able to be together in this life, they will still have a chance to be together in their next life of the afterlife.

ALDY CADUPAY, AI HOSE KI and XOSH ARDIO shall alternately essay the role of Melanie. Melanie is confident, strong-willed and positive in life. His story is like the story of every gay in our country. They want to go to Japan or other country in search of a better life and also the surgery that could make them a real woman. They are willing to take a risk just to achieve their goal. In Melanie’s case, he even snuck in a ship even though he’s not sure what’s waiting for him.

CLIFFORD GONZALES, AR AR RAMILO and BJ OCAMPO shall alternately play the role of Ibrahim /Cat. A muslim man who fell in love with Karayuki san while she was in Sandakan Brothel No. 3. We can tell that Ibrahim might be a passionate man but due to this love, there is a possibility that he died and reincarnated to a cat. Jo said that he moves like a cat. He sneaks just to see her and that’s the reason why the cat is still with her soul/ghost. It might be waiting for them to reunite in the future as different people or in afterlife.

MANU GALLARDO and JUN NAYRA shall alternately play the role of the Captain. The Captain is depicted as a cruel man but he’s just like any man who felt like he’s trapped in the vast ocean with nothing but sharks as his companion. He’s even willing to have sex with a man just to fulfill his lust for human flesh.

The Players, Artist Playground’s very own group of artists shall play various roles in the ensemble, namely: Josh Adamero, Lliwel Agita, Aljean Badar, Leonardo Bania, Searl Escalona, Julia Garcia, Alleah Hugo, Vincent Macapobre, Reyn Mercado, Ariel Pan, Christopher Perez, Joyan Que, Beaulah Mae Saycon, Christian Silang, and Fernilyn Toladro.

The Artistic Team of FLY ME TO THE MOON is led by Paul Jake Paule (Director), Roeder Camañag (Artistic Director & Choreographer), Jesse Lucas (Music By), Mailes Kanapi (Artistic Consultant) Jeffrey Camañag (Production Design Consultant) Searl Escalona (Assistant Director) John Mark Yap (Lay-out Designer & Projection Design) Aly Mondonedo (Photographer) Sem Pabion & Princess Tuason (Dramaturg) Rowena Jarito(Sound Designer), Kimberly Claire Somoza (Lighting Designer) and Reynoso Mercado (Production Designer).

The Production Team OF FLY ME TO THE MOON is led by Kimberly Claire Somoza (Production Manager), Jessa Bisnar (Assistant PM), Joselito “Toots” Tolentino (Publicist), Mary Rose Agapito (Stage Manager), Ariel Pan (Deputy Stage Manager), Beaulah Mae Saycon (ASM ) , Star Alferez & Anna Clarisa Timbal (Spinner), Alex Gallo & Alleah Hugo (Costume Mistress) Julia Garcia & Christian Silang (Prop head), Fernilyn Toladro (Sponsorship) and Set team : Glenn Caspe, Josh Adamero and Joyan Kiu.

Venue: ARTIST PLAYGROUND, Arts Above 112 West Avenue Quezon City.

PHOTOS BY ALY MONDONEDO

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ARTIST PLAYGROUND'S PLAYLIST TRACK 1 - AL GATMAITAN
Sep
29
to Sep 30

ARTIST PLAYGROUND'S PLAYLIST TRACK 1 - AL GATMAITAN

CLASSICAL CROSSOVER ARTIST AL GATMAITAN HEADLINES “IN MY HEART,” ARTIST PLAYGROUND’S PLAYLIST FIRST OFFERING Savor soulful singing of original songs and well-loved tunes given new arrangements by award-winning composer Jesse Lucas. There was a time when tenor Al Gatmaitan found himself at a crossroads. He journeyed solo to Europe, even entertaining thought of never going back to the Philippines. Gatmaitan was already doing well then, performing for local theater groups in Manila but he wanted to pursue further studies. Early into his three-year soul searching in Italy, Gatmaitan felt like the odd man out singing Italian songs, which lyrics he mostly didn’t understand. “I eventually fell in love with the language, and slowly warmed up to it because is very romantic,” he recalls.  Gatmaitan would win a scholarship for a Diploma in Teaching Italian Language Abroad from the University of Dante Aleghieri and scored more grants to study at Teatro Calabria (Acting and Diction); Spazio Teatro (Actor’s Formation); and Conservatorio “Torre Franca” di Vibo Valentia (Intensive Vocal Formation Training). He could have built a totally new and permanent world for himself in Italy (where he started landing roles as an actor, too!) but he knew that cliche as it might sound, there was no place like home. Thankfully, Manila didn’t lose an artist as committed, passionate, and talented as Al Gatmaitan to Italy. Upon his return, Gatmaitan was immediately featured in lead roles in plays like “Noli Me Tangere,” “Banaag at Sikat,” “Tales of the Manuvu,” “Skin Deep,” among others. He has also crossed over into more mainstream platforms like acting for TV series and films with such credits as “In Nomine Matris,” “The Mistress,” and “Aparisyon.” Soon, Gatmaitan’s musical prowess and versatility will take the spotlight as the first featured artist in the kick-off of Artist Playground’s Playlist, a series of intimate concerts. He will headline Track 1 entitled “Al Gatmaitan: In My Heart” on September 29 and 30 at the newest, hippest performance venue called Arts Above, along West Avenue in Quezon City. The two-night intimate concert features a carefully selected repertoire brought about by wonderful collaborations with the award-winning composer and musical director Jesse Lucas. They will be closely working with esteemed artists like director Andre Tiangco, acclaimed stage-TV-and-film actor Roeder Camañag. Lucas says that Gatmaitan was an easy choice to be the first featured artist of Artist Playground’s Playlist. “Personally, I love the texture of Al’s voice and how it rubs you the right way. It is seldom that we can find a musical artist who can cross over into other musical genres without losing the soul, and still owning the song, and also not sound too rigid.” Gatmaitan remembers the time when he sang a duet with Banaue Miclat-Janssen in a concert called “Ginugunita Kita” (2015) held at the CCP in which Lucas set Maningning Miclat’s poetry to music. Banaue is incidentally one of the two guest performers in “Al Gatmaitan: In My Heart,” the other one being Sheila Francisco, who recently had a successful show in Singapore. “I’ve always wanted to collaborate with him (Lucas) again,” says Gatmaitan. “When he praised my singing back then, it was a validation coming from a maestro.” The two worked together for two years on a three-track album that has already been released online. The album includes the timeless kundiman “Bituing Marikit” and “Sa Muling Pagsibol,” a poem written by National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera as an elegy to the wreckage left behind by Typhoon Yolanda and set to music by Lucas. Gatmaitan will perform these songs in his concert. “In My Heart” is poised to break notions that Gatmaitan’s gifts and skills are limited to doing arias. He is a classical crossover artist who can run the gamut of musical genres with ease and excellence. For this show, Gatmaitan will prove this through a repertoire that combines the classical and the more popular with Italian songs, the Simon and Garfunkel original “The Sound of Silence,” theme from the well-loved Hollywood film “The Graduate” (“Jesse’s take on ‘Sound of Silence’ is worth checking out,” says Al), the reggae piece “Despacito” with a new arrangement, Michael Jackson’s “Gone Too Soon” (Al’s personal choice), and the soulful Pinoy ballad “Salamin ng Buhay.”  Jesse guarantees that after watching “In My Heart,” audiences “will be moved by the voice and the soulful singing of Al rather than jest, ‘ang taas ng boses.’ More than the technique, it’s what we impart to the audience, the heart and soul, through our music.” Lucas’ expertise and vast experience as a prolific and much decorated composer and musical director will serve to support Gatmaitan’s great, robust voice. “Dito sa ‘In My Heart,’ Jesse advised me to sing the songs the way I feel them which is in sync with how I do it. Hindi kasi ako masyadong ma-metro or measured as a singer.” The two-night concert is not only a treat for music lovers and concert goers and a feast for the senses but a showcase for the total package that is Al Gatmaitan. The title “Crossover Classical Artist” is no empty claim and in fact rings true since Al Gatmaitan is the kind of artist that mainstream audiences should discover right here and right now. “The way I see it,” shares Lucas, “Sa industry ngayon, ang bilis ng turnover ng artists. It is best to take it one careful step at a time.’ It applies perfectly to Al Gatmaitan’s case. He is ready for the challenge and audiences should accordingly embrace this exceptional because the likes of Al Gatmaitan are the ones who are bound to stay when all the flashes-in-the-pan have long waved us goodbye. “Al Gatmaitan: In My Heart,” will be on September 29 and 30 at the Arts Above, 112 West Avenue, Quezon City. For tickets, please call Ticketworld at 891-9999.

CLASSICAL CROSSOVER ARTIST AL GATMAITAN HEADLINES “IN MY HEART,” ARTIST PLAYGROUND’S PLAYLIST FIRST OFFERING

Savor soulful singing of original songs and well-loved tunes given new arrangements by award-winning composer Jesse Lucas.

There was a time when tenor Al Gatmaitan found himself at a crossroads. He journeyed solo to Europe, even entertaining thought of never going back to the Philippines. Gatmaitan was already doing well then, performing for local theater groups in Manila but he wanted to pursue further studies.

Early into his three-year soul searching in Italy, Gatmaitan felt like the odd man out singing Italian songs, which lyrics he mostly didn’t understand. “I eventually fell in love with the language, and slowly warmed up to it because is very romantic,” he recalls. 

Gatmaitan would win a scholarship for a Diploma in Teaching Italian Language Abroad from the University of Dante Aleghieri and scored more grants to study at Teatro Calabria (Acting and Diction); Spazio Teatro (Actor’s Formation); and Conservatorio “Torre Franca” di Vibo Valentia (Intensive Vocal Formation Training).

He could have built a totally new and permanent world for himself in Italy (where he started landing roles as an actor, too!) but he knew that cliche as it might sound, there was no place like home.

Thankfully, Manila didn’t lose an artist as committed, passionate, and talented as Al Gatmaitan to Italy.

Upon his return, Gatmaitan was immediately featured in lead roles in plays like “Noli Me Tangere,” “Banaag at Sikat,” “Tales of the Manuvu,” “Skin Deep,” among others. He has also crossed over into more mainstream platforms like acting for TV series and films with such credits as “In Nomine Matris,” “The Mistress,” and “Aparisyon.”

Soon, Gatmaitan’s musical prowess and versatility will take the spotlight as the first featured artist in the kick-off of Artist Playground’s Playlist, a series of intimate concerts. He will headline Track 1 entitled “Al Gatmaitan: In My Heart” on September 29 and 30 at the newest, hippest performance venue called Arts Above, along West Avenue in Quezon City.

The two-night intimate concert features a carefully selected repertoire brought about by wonderful collaborations with the award-winning composer and musical director Jesse Lucas. They will be closely working with esteemed artists like director Andre Tiangco, acclaimed stage-TV-and-film actor Roeder Camañag.

Lucas says that Gatmaitan was an easy choice to be the first featured artist of Artist Playground’s Playlist. “Personally, I love the texture of Al’s voice and how it rubs you the right way. It is seldom that we can find a musical artist who can cross over into other musical genres without losing the soul, and still owning the song, and also not sound too rigid.”

Gatmaitan remembers the time when he sang a duet with Banaue Miclat-Janssen in a concert called “Ginugunita Kita” (2015) held at the CCP in which Lucas set Maningning Miclat’s poetry to music. Banaue is incidentally one of the two guest performers in “Al Gatmaitan: In My Heart,” the other one being Sheila Francisco, who recently had a successful show in Singapore. “I’ve always wanted to collaborate with him (Lucas) again,” says Gatmaitan. “When he praised my singing back then, it was a validation coming from a maestro.”

The two worked together for two years on a three-track album that has already been released online. The album includes the timeless kundiman “Bituing Marikit” and “Sa Muling Pagsibol,” a poem written by National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera as an elegy to the wreckage left behind by Typhoon Yolanda and set to music by Lucas. Gatmaitan will perform these songs in his concert.

“In My Heart” is poised to break notions that Gatmaitan’s gifts and skills are limited to doing arias. He is a classical crossover artist who can run the gamut of musical genres with ease and excellence. For this show, Gatmaitan will prove this through a repertoire that combines the classical and the more popular with Italian songs, the Simon and Garfunkel original “The Sound of Silence,” theme from the well-loved Hollywood film “The Graduate” (“Jesse’s take on ‘Sound of Silence’ is worth checking out,” says Al), the reggae piece “Despacito” with a new arrangement, Michael Jackson’s “Gone Too Soon” (Al’s personal choice), and the soulful Pinoy ballad “Salamin ng Buhay.” 

Jesse guarantees that after watching “In My Heart,” audiences “will be moved by the voice and the soulful singing of Al rather than jest, ‘ang taas ng boses.’ More than the technique, it’s what we impart to the audience, the heart and soul, through our music.”

Lucas’ expertise and vast experience as a prolific and much decorated composer and musical director will serve to support Gatmaitan’s great, robust voice. “Dito sa ‘In My Heart,’ Jesse advised me to sing the songs the way I feel them which is in sync with how I do it. Hindi kasi ako masyadong ma-metro or measured as a singer.”

The two-night concert is not only a treat for music lovers and concert goers and a feast for the senses but a showcase for the total package that is Al Gatmaitan. The title “Crossover Classical Artist” is no empty claim and in fact rings true since Al Gatmaitan is the kind of artist that mainstream audiences should discover right here and right now.

“The way I see it,” shares Lucas, “Sa industry ngayon, ang bilis ng turnover ng artists. It is best to take it one careful step at a time.’ It applies perfectly to Al Gatmaitan’s case. He is ready for the challenge and audiences should accordingly embrace this exceptional because the likes of Al Gatmaitan are the ones who are bound to stay when all the flashes-in-the-pan have long waved us goodbye.

“Al Gatmaitan: In My Heart,” will be on September 29 and 30 at the Arts Above, 112 West Avenue, Quezon City. For tickets, please call Ticketworld at 891-9999.

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HAPPINESS IS A PEARL 2017
Aug
25
to Sep 17

HAPPINESS IS A PEARL 2017

What Can You Do For Love ????? Due to popular demand, Artist Playground proudly brings back “Happiness is a Pearl,” an original play penned by Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature Hall of Famer Rody Vera/ Winner of Best Non-Musical Production (Aliw Awards 2016) and Best Filipino Play – New / Revival (Broadway World Awards 2016), “Happiness is a Pearl” is all set to open tonight and shall run up to Sept. 17 at Arts Above, Artist Playground II, 112 West Venue Bldg., West Avenue, Quezon City. “Happiness is a Pearl” revolves around three characters ---Kenji, a male courtesan; Maria, a poor Pinay Japayuki; and Mari, a wife who falls in love with Kenji. Before becoming a prostitute in a club in Kabukicho, Tokyo, Mari was married to a wealthy businessman. But Mari’s billionaire husband soon leaves her when she becomes attached to a male gigolo named Kenji, who has a pearl stitched under the skin of his penis. However, Kenji sets his eyes on a poverty-stricken Filipina entertainer named Maria. Intertwined by fate and struggles, how will Kenji, Maria, and Mari find the true meaning of love and happiness ? “Happiness is a Pearl” will be directed by Paul Jake Paule, an esteemed actor, director and Aliw Awards nominee. For tonight, the three major roles will be portrayed by Arvin Trinidad as Kenji, Micah Musa as Mari and Sheena Ramos as Maria. The ensemble is as follows: Star Alferez, Jessa Bisnar, Rey Ann Guilas, Joyan Kiu, Beaulah Mae Saycon, Sheneill Solis and Princess Tuason. The Artistic Team is led by Paul Jake Paule (Director), Roeder Camañag (Artistic Director), Jesse Lucas (Music By), Lezlie Dailisan (Choreographer) Mailes Kanapi (Artistic Consultant) Jeffrey Camañag (Production Design Consultant) Ma Fatima Cadiz (Assistant Director) John Mark Yap (Lay-out Designer) Aly Mondonedo (Photographer) Sem Pabion (Dramaturg) Rowena Jarito(Sound Designer), Glenn Caspe(Lights Designer) and Reynoso Mercado (Production Designer). The Production Team is led by Kimberly Claire Somoza (Production Manager) , Joselito “Toots” Tolentino (Publicist) Pat Gajes (Stage Manager), Jeremy Cabansag (Deputy Stage Manager), Arjie Rebuldela (ASM for Lights/Boardman) , Beaulah Mae Saycon (ASM for Costume), Star Alferez (Costume Mistress), Jessa Bisnar (Make-up Supervisor), Rey Ann Guilas (Prop head), Rowena jarito(Spinner) , and Set team : Glenn Caspe, Jayson Garcia, Paul Candor and Joyan Kiu. “Happiness is a Pearl” had its premier performances last July – August 2016 at 1701 The Little Room Upstairs in Timog Avenue QC. Last November 2016, the same production was featured at the opening of the Maybank Performing Arts Center in Bonifacio Global City.  

What Can You Do For Love ?????

Due to popular demand, Artist Playground proudly brings back “Happiness is a Pearl,” an original play penned by Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature Hall of Famer Rody Vera/

Winner of Best Non-Musical Production (Aliw Awards 2016) and Best Filipino Play – New / Revival (Broadway World Awards 2016), “Happiness is a Pearl” is all set to open tonight and shall run up to Sept. 17 at Arts Above, Artist Playground II, 112 West Venue Bldg., West Avenue, Quezon City.

“Happiness is a Pearl” revolves around three characters ---Kenji, a male courtesan; Maria, a poor Pinay Japayuki; and Mari, a wife who falls in love with Kenji.

Before becoming a prostitute in a club in Kabukicho, Tokyo, Mari was married to a wealthy businessman. But Mari’s billionaire husband soon leaves her when she becomes attached to a male gigolo named Kenji, who has a pearl stitched under the skin of his penis. However, Kenji sets his eyes on a poverty-stricken Filipina entertainer named Maria. Intertwined by fate and struggles, how will Kenji, Maria, and Mari find the true meaning of love and happiness ?

“Happiness is a Pearl” will be directed by Paul Jake Paule, an esteemed actor, director and Aliw Awards nominee.

For tonight, the three major roles will be portrayed by Arvin Trinidad as Kenji, Micah Musa as Mari and Sheena Ramos as Maria.

The ensemble is as follows: Star Alferez, Jessa Bisnar, Rey Ann Guilas, Joyan Kiu, Beaulah Mae Saycon, Sheneill Solis and Princess Tuason.

The Artistic Team is led by Paul Jake Paule (Director), Roeder Camañag (Artistic Director), Jesse Lucas (Music By), Lezlie Dailisan (Choreographer) Mailes Kanapi (Artistic Consultant) Jeffrey Camañag (Production Design Consultant) Ma Fatima Cadiz (Assistant Director) John Mark Yap (Lay-out Designer) Aly Mondonedo (Photographer) Sem Pabion (Dramaturg) Rowena Jarito(Sound Designer), Glenn Caspe(Lights Designer) and Reynoso Mercado (Production Designer).

The Production Team is led by Kimberly Claire Somoza (Production Manager) , Joselito “Toots” Tolentino (Publicist) Pat Gajes (Stage Manager), Jeremy Cabansag (Deputy Stage Manager), Arjie Rebuldela (ASM for Lights/Boardman) , Beaulah Mae Saycon (ASM for Costume), Star Alferez (Costume Mistress), Jessa Bisnar (Make-up Supervisor), Rey Ann Guilas (Prop head), Rowena jarito(Spinner) , and Set team : Glenn Caspe, Jayson Garcia, Paul Candor and Joyan Kiu.

“Happiness is a Pearl” had its premier performances last July – August 2016 at 1701 The Little Room Upstairs in Timog Avenue QC. Last November 2016, the same production was featured at the opening of the Maybank Performing Arts Center in Bonifacio Global City.

 

PHOTOS BY ALY MONDONEDO

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PRELUDE TO MACBETH
Feb
23
to Feb 27

PRELUDE TO MACBETH

JAMES CHALMERS' "PRELUDE TO MACBETH"
BY ARTIST PLAYGROUND
DIRECTED BY ROEDER CAMANAG
FEB. 23 - 26
1701 THE LITTLE ROOM UPSTAIRS

JAMES CHALMERS’ “PRELUDE TO MACBETH” – A ONE-ACT PLAY
ALL SET TO OPEN ARTIST PLAYGROUND’S 3RD SEASON ON FEB. 23

Artist Playground proudly presents the Asian premiere of James Chalmers’ “Prelude to Macbeth” as its third season opener starting February 23, 2017.

Directed by Roeder Camanag, Artistic Director of Artist Playground, “Prelude to Macbeth” is an epic tale set in the middle ages. This one act play is the prequel to Shakespeare’s Macbeth of how he becomes Thane of Glamis and how he meets Lorna Stewart who becomes his wife – Lady Macbeth. The play is written in blank verse - the style fashionable with playwrights of Shakespeare’s era. 

“Prelude to Macbeth” was written by James Chalmers in 2009 and performed by his own drama company Shoreline at the Leverhulme Drama Festival and the Wilmslow Festival of One Act Plays. 

“Prelude to Macbeth” won the 2010 Seahorse Award for Best Stage Play at the Moondance Film Festival in America. At the Wilmslow Guild Drama Festival 2010, it received the Adjudicators Award for the most original piece of theatre. It was also awarded the trophies for highest directing mark and overall winner at the SCDA Caithness District festival of one act plays in Scotland in 2016.

The schedule of performances of “Prelude to Macbeth” are as follows: February 23 – 26, 2017. Thursday – Friday at 7 pm; Saturday and Sunday at 3 pm and 7 pm. Venue: 1701 The Little Room Upstairs, Landsdale Tower, Mother Ignacia Ave. corner Timog, QC.

Playing the role of Macbeth is Paul Jake Paule, an award winning director-actor who won as Best Director – “Happiness is a Pearl” (Broadway World Awards – 2016; Aliw Awards 2016); Best Featured Actor in a Play - “The Pillowman” (Aliw Awards 2016). As Macbeth, he is Duncan’s army chief of staff, an excellent soldier but battle weary and out of his depth at a social level.

Mitoy Sta Ana and Andre Tiangco shall alternately play the role of Duncan, the cunning and manipulative King of Scotland. 

Cath Go and Jernice Matunan shall alternately play the role of Lorna, an ambitious and angry lady with tons of sexual charm and aggression. She has been living on her wits since her parents’ death - sleeping with various Thanes. 

Gio Cabanlit and Jarden De Guzman shall alternately play the role of Callum, is the wise fool. A guard at Forres Castle - Duncan’s seat of power. 

For the 3 Spirits which is commonly called the Witches in Shakepeare’s play, Merdin Mojica and Tasha Guerrero shall alternately play the nasty role of Spirit 1, Kia Del Rosario plays the caring spirit 2 alternating with Princess Tuason. The peacemaker spirit 3 will be played by Jeremy Cabansag. 

The artistic team of Prelude to Macbeth is led by Roeder Camanag (Director); Jesse Lucas (Music Director), Reynoso Mercado (Production Designer), Pauline Martinez (Lighting designer), Merdin Mojica (Choreographer), Banaue Miclat-Janssen (Speech Consultant); Paul Jake Paule (Graphic/ Layout Designer); Jhay-ar Lagrimas (Photographer).

The production team of Prelude to Macbeth is led by Kimberly Claire Somoza (Production Manager); Rowena Jarito (Stage Manager); Pauline Martinez (Assistant Stage Manager); Glenn Caspe (Technical Director) and Rey Mamuad (Stage Hand).

PR and Publicity - Mr. Toots Tolentino


PERFORMANCE PHOTOS COURTESY OF LEO KEVIN SALAZAR MENDIOLA


REVIEWS

"Biggest kudos to Director Roeder Camanag for impressively bringing this highly entertaining one-act play to life for us." - FRED HAWSON

SOURCE: http://3xhcch.blogspot.com/2017/02/review-of-artist-playgrounds-prelude-to.html 

"This play refused to ever let its audience feel comfortable. It was not emotionally realistic in the way one expected from a modern play. The realistic emotion was in us, the audience, squirming at the way in which true evil pulled characters into uncanny valleys where they would end up becoming powerful, memorable—and not entirely human."- CARLO RIVERA IV, PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER

SOURCE: http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/255966/prelude-macbeth-unsettling/   

"PRELUDE TO MACBETH is a desirable piece staged by Artist Playground.  It helped explain the character build-up in Macbeth and gave the classic piece a light introduction." - ARNIE ALESNA 

SOURCE: https://icemagehigh.blogspot.com/2017/03/prelude-to-macbeth-by-ap-more-than.html?spref=fb


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ANG KINANG NI KAHLIM - BGC ARTS FESTIVAL
Jan
15
9:00 AM09:00

ANG KINANG NI KAHLIM - BGC ARTS FESTIVAL


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LAGABLAB
Sep
30
to Oct 30

LAGABLAB

Artist Playground’s Season Two proudly presents LAGABLAB written by Dan Hollanda, a play inspired by a short story penned by British writer W. Somerset Maugham entitled “The Unconquered.”

LAGABLAB is set to open on Sept. 23 at The Little Room Upstairs, 1701 Landsdale Tower, Mother Ignacia Ave. corner Timog, QC and will run until October 30 – Fridays at 7 pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 3 pm and 7 pm.

Directed by Paul Jake Paule, the play is set in Bulacan during the Japanese occupation. The story revolves around the desolation of a Filipino family who was forced by the cruel realities of war to make difficult choices of either painfully surrendering their dignity in exchange of security or bravely fighting for their name and worthiness to a detrimental end.

The talented Artist Playground Players and guest actors in the play are as follows: 
CHAYONG - Mariella Munji Laurel,Jhaeka Madronio, Ira Ruzz, Farlin Flores, and Jacelle Escanan; 
HIROHITO -Anjo Resurreccion and Manu Gallardo San Pedro; 
UNYO - Coco Mark and Christian James Tiongson; 
CARDING - Aaron Dioquino, Sheneill Solis and John Racho; 
PILANG - Sheryll Villamor Ceasico and Lodie Atis; 
ANDONG - Greg Abelardo De Leon and Gilbert Bacolod; 
MAKAPILI -Joseph Navarro; 
SUNDALO - Sheniell Solis and Miguell Arnaldo.

SYNOPSIS:
The main character of the story is a strong-willed woman named Chayong who is betrothed to a guerilla named Unyo. On the night of Unyo’s departure to join the fight against the Japanese, Chayong was raped by Hirohito, a Japanese Officer and her brother Carding was emasculated for defending her. The unspeakable act bore Chayong a child. Hirohito upon learning this was filled with remorse and tried to rectify his transgression by providing for Chayong’s family and offering marriage. But the news of Unyo and Carding’s death from the hands of the Japanese invaders ignited a great fire in Chayong’s heart, a fire that rages for justice, a fire the blazes for vengeance, a fire that will burn through her soul to commit an unspeakable act herself.

The artistic team of LAGABLAB is led by Roeder Camanag - Artistic Director; Paul Jake Paule – Director; Dan Hollanda – Playwright; Jeffrey Camanag - Production Consultant; Coleen Lanit - Lights Designer; Glenn MacalongCaspe – Production Designer; Ira Ruzz – Costume Designer; Princess April Tuason – Dramaturg.

The production team are as follows: Kimberly Claire Somoza – Production Manager; Rowena Jarito - Stage Manager; Emil Tiangco - Assistant Stage Manager; Glenn MacalongCaspe - Spinner;Coleen Lanit - Lights Boardman;Dan Sheneill Solis - Props Head; Sharmaine Sarmiento and Noela Marie Dela Cruz - Stage Hands.

PR and Publicity: Mr. Toots Tolentino 

For tickets and inquiries, visit Artist Playground's Facebook Page or contact 0926 932 3179

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PERFORMANCE PHOTOS COURTESY OF LEO KEVIN SALAZAR MENDIOLA



REVIEWS

"Continuing their tradition of staging challenging one-act theater pieces, the creative minds behind Artists Playground have decided to mine one such local play tackling sensitive and heavy wartime issues." - FRED HAWSON

SOURCE: http://3xhcch.blogspot.com/2016/09/review-of-artist-playgrounds-lagablab.html  

"Its scrappy vibe—small production in a tiny space with mostly up-and-coming actors— makes “Lagablab” a unique experience worth the trip." - ELKA REQUITE, PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER

SOURCE: http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/242196/horrors-real-and-imaginary-in-lagablab-and-14-leandro-road/ 

"Lagablab as an inspired material from a short story written by British writer W. Somerset Maugham entitled “The Unconquered” encourages you to be curious on what life has to offer having a battle between oneself and what society dictates." - LEO KEVIN MENDIOLA

SOURCE: http://www.ohohleo.ph/2016/09/LagablabRetrospective.html


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HAPPINESS IS A PEARL
Jun
9
to Jul 3

HAPPINESS IS A PEARL

HAPPINESS IS A PEARL

JUNE 9 - JULY 3, 2016
VENUE: THE LITTLE ROOM UPSTAIRS
1701 LANDSDALE TOWER,
MOTHER IGNACIA ST. COR. TIMOG AVE, Q.C.

ARTIST PLAYGROUND’S SECOND SEASON SET TO OPEN
WITH “HAPPINESS IS A PEARL” ON JUNE 9

“Happiness is a Pearl,” an original play penned by Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature Hall of Famer Rody Vera  revolves around three characters ---Kenji, a male courtesan; Maria, a poor Pinay Japayuki; and Mari, a wife who falls in love
with Kenji.

Before becoming a prostitute in a club in Kabukicho, Tokyo, Mari was married to a wealthy businessman. But Mari’s billionaire husband soon leaves her when she becomes attached to a male gigolo named Kenji, who has a pearl stitched under the skin of his penis. However, Kenji sets his eyes on a poverty-stricken Filipina entertainer named Maria. Intertwined by fate and struggles, how will Kenji, Maria, and Mari find the true meaning of love and happiness ?

The cast shall feature Indie film actor Tomas Miranda (Kenji) and The Players, Artist Playground’s very own group of artists namely Cath Go (Mari), Jerome Rosalin (Kenji, alternate); Shiela Espina and Irra Ruzz (Maria). Alternating the role of Mari at certain performances is guest artist Ruth Alferez.

The play shall run until July 3, 2016 with 7 pm shows from Wednesday – Friday; 3 pm and 7 pm shows every Saturday and Sunday.

The artistic team of “Happiness is a Pearl” are as follows: Paul Jake Paule (Director); Roeder Camanag (Artistic Director), Rody Vera (Playwright); Jesse Lucas (Music); Sharon Perlas (Sound Designer); Rowena Jarito (Sound Designer Apprentice); Melvin Sumalinog and Erick Jonathan Sumalinog (Guitarists); Joseph Navarro (Lights Designer and Board Operator); Lezlie Dailisan (Choreographer); Reynoso Mercado (Production Designer); Sem Pabion (Dramaturg); Mailes Kanapi (Creative Consultant); and John Mark Yap (Lay-out Designer).

The production team is composed of the following: Kimberly Claire R. Somoza (Production Manager); Dayana Dancel (Stage Manager); Jacelle Escanan and Princess April Tuason (Assistant Stage Managers); Reynoso Mercado (Set Head); Coleen Lanit (Costume Head0; Christian James Tiongson (Props Head); and John Paul Racho (Spinner).

PR and Publicity - Mr. Toots Tolentino

For tickets and inquiries, visit Artist Playground's FB Page or contact 0926 932 3179.


PERFORMANCE PHOTOS COURTESY OF AXL GUINTO


REVIEWS

"Happiness is a Pearl is a small gem of a play" - VLADIMIR BUNOAN, ABS-CBN NEWS

SOURCE: http://news.abs-cbn.com/lifestyle/06/09/16/review-happiness-is-a-pearl-is-a-small-gem-of-a-play  

“Happiness is A Pearl” is a barbed and brilliant theater production on a small stage made magnificent by Paule, together with his artistic and production teams, as they cleverly show how ordinary mortals can be enticed with, and entangled in, the sticky, problematic space separating love and lust, desire and devotion - IBARRA MATEO, GMA NEWS ONLINE

SOURCE: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/571796/lifestyle/artandculture/desire-and-devotion-sparks-glow-in-happiness-is-a-pearl 

"The choreography of the tangos danced by the three main actors was emotionally communicative, one of the best and most memorable aspects of this show." - FRED HAWSON

SOURCE: http://3xhcch.blogspot.com/2016/06/review-of-artist-playgrounds-happiness.html 

"Artist Playground did it again as they extend their showing of this delightfully light piece sprinkled with humor,  light drama and cynic outlook entitled Happiness Is A Pearl." - ARNIE ALESNA

SOURCE: https://icemagehigh.blogspot.com/2016/07/happiness-is-pearl-artist-playground.html  

"The aptly named 30-seater The Little Room Upstairs at Landsdale Tower in Mother Ignacia Ave., Quezon City, pushes the boundaries of intimate, experimental theater by removing the veil of mystery that surrounds the need for companionship, sex, and ultimately love in Artist Playground’s current production, “Happiness is a Pearl.” - CORA LLAMAS, PHILIPPINES DAILY INQUIRER

SOURCE: http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/232034/love-lust-and-happiness-in-a-pearl/ 

"Whether you leave the theater struck by the intensity of love, or scratching your head wondering what you just saw, “Happiness is a Pearl” is proof that storytelling doesn’t really need much to shock and awe." - NIKKI FRANCISCO, THEATER FANS MANILA   

SOURCE: http://theaterfansmanila.com/love-happiness-pearl-review/  

"Everything is great that as I was watching, I never wanted it to the end because I am enjoying watching the show." - AARON KRISTOFFER, AXL POWERHOUSE

SOURCE: http://starpowerhouse.blogspot.com/2016/06/theater-review-artist-playground.html    


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NASSER LUBAY - NURSERY OF CURIOSITIES
May
15
to May 31

NASSER LUBAY - NURSERY OF CURIOSITIES

NASSER LUBAY
NURSERY OF CURIOSITIES
MAY 15 - 31, 2016
ARTE PINTURA GALLERY
G/F THE ADDRESS AT WACK WACK
WACK WACK ROAD, MANDALUYONG CITY

NASSER LUBAY ALL SET FOR HIS SOLO EXHIBIT
" NURSERY OF CURIOSITIES " AT ARTE PINTURA

The Artist Playground, Arte Pintura and Talent Factory Incorporated proudly presents NURSERY OF CURIOSITIES -- A SOLO EXHIBIT BY NASSER LUBAY.

The exhibit is set to open on May 15 - 6 pm with a cocktail reception and formal opening ceremonies with distinguished special guests of honor from the seven fields of art.

" Nursery of Curiosities - The Theme Music " -- an original music specially written by noted composer JESSE LUCAS will also be premiered at the opening ceremonies. 

A specially-printed catalogue of " Nursery of Curiosities " will also be launched to accompany the exhibit.

Nursery of Curiosities is curated by Philip Almazan Paraan.

PHOTOS BY RONALD CONCEPCION



REVIEW

"The works of Nasser Lubay tremble, coagulate, drip and coruscate with color, unashamedly, freely consuming all the available shades and tones, tasking us to reconsider the greatly pervasive sense that less is more." - TITO VALIENTE

SOURCE: http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/nasser-lubays-hues-of-innocence/  


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AUDIRE {Listen Carefully}
Oct
17
to Nov 7

AUDIRE {Listen Carefully}

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We hear, but do we actually listen? Artist Playground brings you Audire, a one-woman show starring Angelina Kanapi, directed by Jeffrey Camañag.

Catch it on October 17, 24, 31 and November 7
Time: 3:00 pm/5:00 pm/7:00 pm

AUDIRE {Listen Carefully}

Audire /aʊˈdiːre/: a Latin word which means 'listen carefully'.

A one-woman show that explores on how sound can be a powerful stimulus for improvisation. Through sensitivity and awareness it can inspire interesting verbal and non-verbal responses that will create an interesting chain of events.

From vibrations to cognition that leads to interpretation. Interpretations that command subjective reactions. Reactions that are translated into series of actions with interesting encrypted informations.

Everything around us are reverberations of inspiration, they are confirmations of the endless possibilities of imagination to inspire invocations that bring forth thought-provoking creations.

Performance Venue:
1701 The Little Room Upstairs
Landsdale Tower, Mother Ignacia Ave. Quezon City


REVIEWS

"It was a delight to see Ms. Kanapi performing live. This prime collaboration with the sound man is a pet concept that had been playing in her mind, only to find fruition now thanks to the exploratory thrust of Artist Playground. I cannot think of another actress with such a wacky, unconventional yet intuitive soul who can pull this daring type of performance art off." - FRED HAWSON

SOURCE: http://3xhcch.blogspot.com/2015/10/review-of-artist-playgrounds-audire.html 

"Although watching such a production is a unique experience, it is not for everyone, especially for those who are fond of watching more linear productions that progress from beginning to end. But watching Angelica Kanapi bear her soul on that stage is something that will be very hard to forget." - FRIDA TAN, THEATER FANS MANILA

SOURCE: http://theaterfansmanila.com/tfm-review-audire-listen-carefully/ 

"Ms Kanapi, a true actress that she is, uses her ingenuity, power of storytelling using her body, emotions and intensity to create a story on the spot. Without any script to base on, she succeeds in holding the audience’s breath and attention from start to finish." - SPOTLIGHT PHILIPPINES

SOURCE: https://spotlightphilippines.com/2015/10/25/audire-something-artaudian-this-way-comes/ 

"Masasabi ko kakaiba ito sa lahat ng mga palabas na aking nakita sa teatro, oo nakapanood ng ako ng isang improv na palabas ngunit dito sa Audire na ito ay may lalim may hugot ang mga bawat eksena lalong-lalo na sa huling eksena na aninoy magbibigay sa ito ng kakaibang pakiramdam." - AXL GUINTO

SOURCE: http://axlppi.blogspot.com/2015/10/audire-dont-just-watch-listen-and-feel.html  


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GINUGUNITA KITA | THE 2015 MANINGNING MICLAT TRILINGUAL POETRY AWARD
Sep
3
7:00 PM19:00

GINUGUNITA KITA | THE 2015 MANINGNING MICLAT TRILINGUAL POETRY AWARD

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The 2015 Maningning Miclat Trilingual Poetry Awards featuring Kammerchor Manila. It is aptly entitled “Ginugunita Kita.” 

Lucas is a multi-awarded composer for film, television, theater and dance. Maningning Miclat was a trilingual poet, award-winning visual artist and art teacher. Directed by film and theater actor Roeder Camaňag, the performance will feature soloist Banaue Miclat-Janssen and master cellist Renato Lucas, together with singer Al Gatmaitan and artist Delphine Buencamino, with live interactive visual art of Nasser Lubay. 

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TAG-ANI
Aug
22
to Aug 30

TAG-ANI

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Tag-ani is a part of a trilogy written by Amelia Lapena-Bonifacio, it is a “Tragicomedy” that features 2 characters in their 70’s who tries to rekindle the joys of love and being in love. The twist in its ending is a piercing truth that resonates the tragedy of those who have fully experienced love and have lost it and those who have never experienced love at all.

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FULL RANGE - THE MUSIC OF JESSE LUCAS
Aug
20
7:00 PM19:00

FULL RANGE - THE MUSIC OF JESSE LUCAS

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In this once-in-a-lifetime event, a night to share some of the music he has written for theater, film, television and ballet. With his collaborations with well respected artists like Gener A. Caringal, Paul Dumol, Ricky Gallardo, Chris Millado, Jose Jeffrey B Camanag, Dennis N. Marasigan, Jose Javier Reyes, Nonon Padilla, and Floy Quintos.

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THE RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX
Jul
4
to Aug 9

THE RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX

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The Riddle of the Sphinx is a play about two strangers exploring the diverse viewpoints regarding the intricacies of human being, the relationship dynamics of a man and a woman and the fundamentals of cultural imprinting through a game that they played while waiting for the buses that will take them to their destinations.

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