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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