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
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
"Happiness is a Pearl is a small gem of a play" - VLADIMIR BUNOAN, ABS-CBN NEWS
“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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
WALTER ANG, PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER: http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/230093/some-like-it-short-and-small-artist-playground-stages-intimate-plays/
AMADIS MA. GUERRERO, PHILIPPINE STAR: http://www.philstar.com:8080/entertainment/2016/07/01/1598262/hunk-plays-japanese-gigolo-pearl
NATION TODAY NEWS: https://www.nationtoday.news/unwrapping-tomas-miranda/
ORLY AGAWIN, JELLICLE BLOG: http://www.jellicleblog.com/2016/05/artist-playgrounds-2nd-season-opens-happiness-pearl-june-9/