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October 16, 2012

2012 National Theater Festival at the CCP

CCP Festival



November 8-10, 2012
Silangan Hall

The 2012 National Theater Festival (NTF) dubbed as “Ika-apat na Tagpo, Ikalawang Yugto” is the 4rth since 1992. It has always been implemented with various component including a conference.  This year, the conference will focus on the premise that theater is part of the dynamic and growing creative industry in the Philippines. 


November 8-18, 2012
Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino Lobby

As a supplementary program to the National Theater Festival (NTF), an exhibition will be mounted at the Bulwagang Carlos Francisco (Little Theater Lobby) to introduce the thirteen (13) featured theater groups.  This will be organized with the assistance of the Visual Arts and Museum Division (VAMD). 



Tanghalang Pilipino (NCR)
November 7, 2012 at 8:00 PM
November 8, 2012 at 8:00 PM (Invitational)
November  9, 2012 at 3:00 PM

“Stageshow,” a musical by Mario O’ Hara is about a group of Filipino artists in the twilight of their careers, set against the dying days of the bodabil-also known as “stage shows.” Chris Millado will direct, with musical direction by Jeff Hernandez. 

Bohol Cultural Collective
November 9, 2012 at 8:00 PM
November 10, 2012 at 3:00  PM

On pre-historic and early colonial Bohol using Pangalay form and music theater idioms

(still to be determined)

Tanghalang Ateneo (NCR)
November 11, 2012 at 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Sintang Dalisay, based on the awit “Ang Sintang Dalisay ni Julieta at Romeo” by GD Roke, is set in an imaginary Muslim community in the Philippines, with the Mustaphas and the Kalimuddins as two prominent families mired in an age-old hatred for each other. Caught in this family strife are Rashiddin and Jamila, two lovers who get themselves secretly married but are forced to separate from each other after Rashiddin, in self-defense, slays a member of the Kalimuddin clan. A demand for justice, Rashiddin’s exile to Dapitan, a clandestine tryst between the two lovers, a missing letter and a scheme involving poisonous potions that goes awry culminate in the death of the lovers and the reconciliation of the two families smothered in grief and regret. Sintang Dalisay is told using dance, song, drama and live music.  The dance is drawn from the igal, a dance tradition of the Sama in South Ubian and Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi, and taught to the cast by indigenous artists from these places. The music, performed by a live ensemble, draws from several Philippine indigenous musical traditions yet anchored in the kulintangan rhythms of the Sulu archipelago. Hailed by local and international audiences, this production is a way to build appreciation and pride in Filipino performance heritage and a stimulating supplement to classes in social studies, literature, art, and music. And at its core, Sintang Dalisay is, truly, a collaborative project between Muslim and Christian artists pursuing a common creative enterprise.

KAKARONG (Musical)
Barasoain Kalinangan Ensemble Inc. (Luzon)
November 13, 2012 at 8:00 PM
November 14, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Trumpets (NCR)
November 16, 2012 at 3:00 & 8:00 PM

Elva, an eighty-eight year-old former literature and drama teacher convinces Courtney, a sixteen-year-old girl, paralyzed from the waist down from a riding accident, to embark on an imaginary trip of Italy with the help of an old travel guide.  Elva, steeped in the knowledge of literature and art, is eager and enthusiastic about visiting the great museums and architectural wonders of Italy but Courtney, with no knowledge or interest in either and bitter about her condition, is less so. Each of them traveling for her own reasons, teenaged Courtney gradually wrests control of the trip, taking it toward an unexpected destination. 

Dulaang UP (NCR)
November 17, 2012 at 8:00 PM
November 18, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Directed and choreographed by Dexter M. Santos and with original music by Carol Bello, the contemporary adaptation garnered nominations for both Best Musical Production and Best Stage Director at the 21st Aliw Awards. It also received acclamation from various renowned critics and artists.

The play is about the enmity due to thirst for power and the beliefs of three tribes – the Marruecos, Tedenst and Duquela. In the midst of hate and war whence two individuals find love, this adaptation highlights its women characters in their unyielding strength. This production also celebrates the Philippine heritage through its ethno-linguistic music and the fusion of modern and cultural movements.

Dulaang UP is a semi-professional university-based theatre company, which serves as the foundation for UP Theatre students’ professional exposure in the performing arts, training them in the fields of performance as well as technical, stage and production management.

Comprising the artistic team are Tuxqs Rutaquio (roduction design); John Ilao Batalla (lights design); Anril Tiatco, Katte Sabate and Patrick Valera (dramaturges); Paolo Rodriguez (accessories design); Jojit Lorenzo (photographer);  Mara Marasigan (assistant director) and Via Antonio (associate choreographer).


Sining Kabpapagariya (Mindanao)
November 9, 2012 at 2:00 & 7:00 PM

A play that views Mindanao conflict from the children’s point of view.

Integrated Performing Arts Guild (Mindanao)
November 10,2012 at 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM

A deconstruction of the Mindanao Indarapatra epic and the Bukidnon water legend. The play resets into the mythic realm of wars, violence, and the degradation of the environment in Mindanao’s post colonial and  post modern landscape. 

Sipat Lawin Ensemble (NCR)
November 11, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Guerilla theatre company Sipat Lawin Ensemble revisits their device-work, adaptation of French Playwright Alfred Jarry’s avant-garde play Ubu Roi. An interactive, explosive, fun, filthy, power play, last year’s performance of Haring +ubu- l was a pre and post elections investigation of Philippine politics, culture and society. This year, Haring +ubu-l aims to revisit, re-investigate, remind, and re-expose the subject of excesses and exploits as represented by the performers, the audiences and their consciousness. Set inside a toilet bowl, HARING +UBU-L pukes excess filth, greed, avarice, gluttony, ambition, filth, greed, avarice, gluttony, ambition filth… “The medium is the message,” says JK Anicoche, Artistic Director of Sipat Lawin Ensemble.

Tanghalang Pilipino (NCR)
November 13, 2012 at 2:00PM & 7:00 PM

By the theater collective composed of Layeta Bucoy, Tuxqs Rutaquio,
Nanding Josef & the TP Actors Company
Directed by Tuxqs Rutaquio

Based on the findings of artist-researchers as well as first-hand testimony from government whistle-blowers and anonymous syndicate insiders, the theater collective creates a mind-bending analysis of corruption and graft. A suspense thriller which – by combining traditional theatre with live interviews and unscripted performances – blurs the line between reality and fiction as it reveals the shady politics and unethical business practices so prevalent in the Philippines today. WALANG KUKURAP will also address the continued atrophy of the Filipino identity and how this decay lends itself to the greatest corruption of all – the coopting of national character and self-worth for short-term material gains.

The Xavier Stage (Mindanao)
November 15, 2012 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM

It tackles the issues on betrayal of trust and confidence motivated and conditioned by tradition, politics, gender and abuse of power.

Gantimpala Theater Foundation (NCR)
November 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM

An adaptation of the famous play by Mart Crowley.


Kanlaon Theater and Dance Guild (Bacolod)
Main Ramp
November 10,2012 at 7:00 PM

Carlos Celdran (NCR)
Silangan Hall
November 11, 13, and 15 2012 at 7:00 PM

Livin’ La Vida Imelda is the story of the rise and fall of Imelda Marcos, as illustrated by the rise and fall of the buildings in the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex.
It is Carlos Celdran’s Walking Imelda tour of the Cultural Center of the Philippines set in a fixed gallery with line drawings of the CCP buildings and a complete supporting ensemble to provide drama and comedy to Imelda’s story.This is the untold tale of Manila as shared through tsismis and told via an entertaining Carlos Celdran monologue.

Sipat Lawin Ensemble (NCR)
CCP Ramp
November 14, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Sipat Lawin Ensemble collaborates with Australian playwrights David Finnigan, Jordan Prosser, Sam Burns-Warr, and Georgie McAuley in Battalia Royale. This production is a live-game performance and loose-adaptation of Koushun Takami’s 2001 novel, Battle Royale. A controversial and hugely popular text, Battle Royale has since been produced as a film and a manga series. The Ensemble’s Battalia Royale is the first loose stage adaptation of Takami’s novel.

Silly People’s Improv Theater (NCR)
Silangan Hall
November 16,2012 at 7:00 PM

Silangan Hall
November 17,2012 at 3:00 PM

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