‘The Female Heart’ by UP Playwrights’ Theatre debuts July 1

the female heart UPPT poster
the female heart UPPT poster

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – After three years of hiatus, UP Playwrights’ Theatre (UPPT) proudly returns onstage with Linda Faigao – Hall’s THE FEMALE HEART running from July 1 – 10, 2016 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, University of the Philippines Diliman.

Set in the late 1980’s, the play follows Adelfa and her elder brother Anghel’s struggles as resident of the infamous mountain of garbage popularly known as smokey mountain. Confronted by extreme poverty and her brother’s ailing health, Adelfa agrees to become a mail-order bride in the United States.

Chase Salazar and Al Gatmaitan play the role of Adelfa and Anghel respectively. Salazar was last seen in Ateneo Entablado’s Ang Birheng Matimtiman and in Severino Montano’s Ladies and the Senator for the celebration of UP Diliman Arts Month. Gatmaitan, an Aliw Award winner for Best Classical Male Performer in 2015, is a current regular at the ABS-CBN soap opera, “The Story of Us.”

Joining Salazar and Gatmaitan are Philstage Gawad Buhay 2008 Awardee Peewee O’Hara; diligent and promising actress Sheryll Ceasico; multimedia producer, writer, and director, Mark McKeown; and UP Diliman Theatre Arts graduate student and former student from Siliman University alumna, Ina Azarcon–Bolivar.

The Female Heart - Banaue Miclat-Janssen With Cast From Left To Right Miclat-Janssen, Ohara (Seated), Gatmaitan (Standing Back), Salazar (Seated), Ceasico (Seated), Mckeown (Standing)
The Female Heart – Banaue Miclat-Janssen with cast from left to right Miclat-Janssen, Ohara (seated), Gatmaitan (standing back), Salazar (seated), Ceasico (seated), McKeown (standing)

THE FEMALE HEART is the directorial debut of Banaue Miclat-Janssen for UPPT. The play is also a momentous directorial project for Prof. Miclat-Janssen for she is celebrating her silver year in the Theatre industry.

Joining her in the artistic team are UP Diliman faculty member, Jem Javier (translation); UP Diliman Film student Gio Potes (dramaturgy); Ina Azarcon–Bolivar (assistant direction); freelance set designer and actor Io Balanon (set design); Philstage Gawad Buhay 2014 Awardee Carlo Pagunaling (costume design); dancer / choreographer JM Cabling (movement design); theatre arts students Ricardo Lorenzo (sound design), and Garett Picardal (lights design).

The play’s portrayal of the reality of life’s tragedy seeks to awaken the spectators about the vividness of pain and despair, but most importantly, our pursuit of love and hope.
THE FEMALE HEART is produced by special arrangement with the Playwright and Elaine Devlin Literary, Inc., 411 Lafayette Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10003.

The complete schedule of The Female Heart are as follows:

July 1, 2016 / Friday* – *Gala Performance 7:00 p.m.
July 2, 2016 / Saturday – 3:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m.
July 3 and 10, 2016 / Sunday – 10 a.m.: 3:00 p.m.
July 6, 2016 / Wednesday – 3:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m.
July 7, 2016 / Thursday – 3:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m.
July 8, 2016 / Friday – 3:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m.
July 9, 2016 / Saturday – 3:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m.
July 10, 2016 / Sunday – 10 a.m.: 3:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices are set to Php 500.00 (Regular Ticket Price) or Php 200.00 (UP Student, Faculty, and Admin Employees). Discounts are available for bulk purchases and senior citizens.

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