After 40 years of staging exceptional plays spanning from the classics to the contemporary and producing renowned directors, actors, designers, production and stage managers and technical directors, Dulaang UP celebrates this season with the theme… 20/20 Vision: Clarity . Originality. Perspective. For its premier offering, DUP presents #R</3J (hashtag R broken-heart J), a multimedial hallucination on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
#R</3J retells the star-crossed lovers’ narrative transforming Verona into a concrete jungle at the heart of Metro Manila – teeming with corruption, revolt, advertisements, sex, social media, and condominium units. The play captures the essence of the most enduring tragedy juxtaposing the young lovers’ romance with our present society’s many forms of commodified love. Can genuine love exist in a world of alterations and foolery? Exploiting our hyper-real contemporary moment – globalization, ultra-violence, internet foolishness, generation gap – the theatrical project seeks to dramatize, through a psychedelic mix of all available art forms, the postmodern tragedy of our generation. Destroy the city, the family, the government – even Shakespeare – but never destroy the will to love.
The production is a collaboration of professionals and up-and-coming artists. Dexter M. Santos (direction) heads the artistic team together with Guelan Varela-Luarca (adaptation). Joining the team are Krina Cayabyab (music composition and design), John Batalla (lights design), Ohm David (set design), Winter David, (video design), and Darwin Desoacido (costume design). This project features the Dulaang UP Ensemble and the works of young choreographers, video designers, installation artists, and dramaturgs.
#R</3J runs from August 26 to September 13, 2015 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2nd floor, Palma Hall, U.P. Diliman. For tickets, reservation, sponsorships, and show buying inquiries, call Samanta Hannah Clarin or Camille Guevara at 926-1349, 433-7840, 981-8500 local 2449