Rody Vera’s Bilaanggo ng Pag-ibig closes DUP’s 39th season


Bilanggo ng Pag Ibig by Dulaang UP, a theatrical adaptation based on the novel Un Captif Amoreux by Jean Genet (photo: Frances Makil Ignacio)
Bilanggo ng Pag Ibig by Dulaang UP, a theatrical adaptation based on the novel Un Captif Amoreux by Jean Genet (photo: Frances Makil Ignacio)

MANILA, Philippines – For its final offering this 39th season, Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas stages Bilanggo ng Pag-ibig, an innovative piece largely based on Jean Genet’s last major book Un Captif Amoureux (Prisoner of Love). The piece is written by Rody Vera and directed by José Estrella.

Bilanggo ng Pag-ibig is an adaptation of Genet’s masterpiece Un Captif Amoureux (Prisoner of Love). Genet’s final opus is a lyrical and philosophical voyage to the bloody intersection of oppression, terror, and desire at the heart of the contemporary world.

Bilanggo ng Pag Ibig by Dulaang UP, a theatrical adaptation based on the novel Un Captif Amoreux by Jean Genet (photo: Frances Makil Ignacio)
Bilanggo ng Pag Ibig by Dulaang UP, a theatrical adaptation based on the novel Un Captif Amoreux by Jean Genet (photo: Frances Makil Ignacio)

The play, then, seeks to understand and portray Genet’s imagination as well as his controversial insights on revolution, betrayal and deceit, homosexuality, violence, and love. Bilanggo ng Pag-ibig, therefore, is a response to Genet’s daring claim and provocation: “The end pursued by revolution is the discovery of beauty.”

Bilanggo ng Pag-ibig features Melvin Lee and Jojo Cayabyab as Jean Genet; with Tess Jamias and Dolly De Leon alternating as Leila Shahid. Joining the cast are Peewee O’Hara, JC Santos, Tarek El Tayech, Brian Sy, Paul Cedrick Juan, Silvester Bagadiong, Virgilio Balanon, Jomel Reyes, Miela Sayo and the Dulaang UP Ensemble.

Bilanggo ng Pag Ibig by Dulaang UP, a theatrical adaptation based on the novel Un Captif Amoreux by Jean Genet (photo: Frances Makil Ignacio)
Bilanggo ng Pag Ibig by Dulaang UP, a theatrical adaptation based on the novel Un Captif Amoreux by Jean Genet (photo: Frances Makil Ignacio)

The artistic staff is composed of Ed Lacson Jr (assistant direction and dramaturgy), Barbie Tan-Tiongco (lights), Lex Marcos (set), J Victor Villareal (sound), Carlo Pagunaling (costume), JM Cabling (movement), Sigmund Pecho (puppetry and graphics), and Jon Lazam (video).

The play runs from February 11 to March 1, 2015 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2nd Floor, Palma Hall, U.P. Diliman.

For tickets, sponsorships, and show buying inquiries, call Samanta Hannah Clarin or Camille Guevara 926-1349, 433-7840, 981-8500 local 2449 or email dulaangupmarketing at gmail dot com.


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