Last September 2017, the youngest theater company in Manila successfully staged the world premiere of India’s best Sanskrit drama of all time, Kalidasa’s SAKUNTALA. Palanca award-winning playwright Allan Palileo provides the engaging text and its Filipino version, SAKUNTALA ANG SINGSING NG KAPALARAN.
We asked founder and director Mr. Joey Ting about the list of stage plays for this season and how he choose theme. “Mostly, the plays I do for Art Theatre Manila were already discussed during my graduate study kaya familiar na ako sa mga listing,” Joey Ting answered.
He added, “And so for every season, as artistic director of Art Theatre Manila, I make it sure that there is a balance between mounting classical with contemporary / “now” materials so that the company can both entertain and educate the audiences. There is a need to balance between Western materials with Asian materials. Hence, the thrust of Art Theatre Manila.”
After the blockbuster first play “Sakuntala”, we asked if Director Joey has plans to bring this stage play to other places like Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) or other theater house outside Mega Manila. He answered, “Honestly, yes, I am more than willing to stage it in different places and regions and hopefully to attract Filipino audiences those Asian masterpieces not so much we are familiar with.”
Sakuntala is the 2017 Best Production (Non-Musical) Winner for the 36th Aliw Awards last December. The second leg run will start on February 2 -11, 2018 with Fridays (3pm & 8pm), Saturdays & Sundays (10am & 3pm) shows.
BOOMBA is a Filipino satirical play that touches on the current Philippines’ hot-button issues namely, sports, weather, entertainment, events, traffic, politics, society and culture in a mix of nonstop, laugh-out-loud black comedy. Television and theater actor-playwright Edwin Serrano takes in charge of the script. This production invites upcoming and new stand-up comedy artists to be in the cast as the concept is catered to the improvisational style and theatrical approach. The production opens on April 13 – 28, 2018 with Fridays (3pm & 8pm), Saturdays & Sundays (10am & 3pm) shows.
For the months of June and July, the opening of Art Theatre Manila Institute (ATMI) will be officially launched.
ATMI provides a series of outcome-based (OBE) workshop modules for potential actors, directors and designers who will enroll for a four-week (4W) intensive theater workshop for ages 15-25, welcoming both male and female applicants. Limited slots of 20-30 for actors, 10-15 for directors, and 15-20 designers to experience Module 1: Developing Senses with some of the most vibrant educator-theorist-practitioner artists in the country today. Workshop starts on June 7 – 30 with recital rehearsals on July 5 – 21 and performance recital dates on July 27 – 28, 2018.
The Philippine adaptation of Guan Hanqing’s THE INJUSTICE DONE TO NGO TOU, with Palanca award-winning Allan Palileo providing the text, will be staged this September 2018. Written during the Yuan Period, this is China’s piece of gem literature for theater and one of Asia’s treasured plays. Art Theatre Manila’s version will surely evoke the care of a mother and sensitivity of a woman in this gripping tale of passion, crime and injustice. Staging opens on September 14 – 30, 2018 with Fridays (3pm & 8pm), Saturdays & Sundays (10am & 3pm) shows.
And for the holiday season and the last production for the 2018 season, Art Theatre Manila closes with Russian playwright Nikolai Gogol’s THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR. This comedy of errors will feature the very first collaboration of Palanca award-winning playright Rogelio Braga, also a Mindanaoan novelist, poet and educator, and director Joey Ting. The hilarious piece centers on the Philippine militia in a fictionalized provincial town led by spoofed Philippine General Bato together with its allied military forces in a non-sensical, almost trivial mock-down comedy of mistaken identities. The fun begins on November 16 – December 2, 2018 with Fridays (3pm & 8pm), Saturdays and Sundays (10am & 3pm) shows.
All shows will be performed at the newly-introduced Studio 72 Black Box Theater, #72 Kalayaan Avenue beside Verjandel Hotel, Brgy. Teacher’s Village West, Diliman, Quezon City.Artistic Director-Founder Joey Ting directs and supervises all of its projects together with Co-Founder and versatile theater, television and film actress Harlene Bautista – Tejedor.
For Partnership & Sponsorship Inquiries (especially those who would like to have an event as a fundraising project for schools, institutions and companies), message ATMI at their FB Page Art Theatre Manila or you may directly call them at 0927-6056108 or email at them firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Art Theatre Manila is a Foundation adherence to a non-stock, non-profit theater company that caters to Theater-For-The-Masses (TFTM) and initially connects with Theater-In-Education (TIE) programs for the development of art in the nation across Asia and the World.