This December, Dulaang Kalay, a theater organization founded by a young breed of theater actors and enthusiasts, launches their first offering, presenting a satirical look on the Filipino's obsession with the 'telenovelas' and their stars in 'Series Finale'. The play centers around the last episode of a soap opera, with all its melodrama and cliches, aired in the midst of national scandals and big news stories.
The play is written by two of Philippine Theatre's most promising young artists Katte Sabate (dramaturg/headwriter, Rizal X) and William Elvin Manzano (music and lyrics, Rizal X and Cyrano: Isang Sarsuwela), and features an ensemble of the most talented young actors with Janine Santos (Tanghalang Ateneo's Walang Sugat, Dulaang UP's Isang Panaginip na Fili), alternating with Erika Estacio (Dulaang UP’s Rizal X), Jules Dela Paz (Dulaang UP's Shock Value and Rizal X), alternating with Toji Salinas, Roxy Aldiosa (Tanghalang Ateneo’s Walang Sugat, Dulaang UP’s Isang Panaginip na Fili, and Incoming Noli Me Tangere), alternating with Dreps Tatad (Dulaang Laboratoryo’s Medea), Earle Figuracion (Dulaang UP’s Isang Panaginip na Fili) alternating with Acey Aguilar (Dulaang UP’s Orosman at Zafira, Lulu, and the on-going Tanghalang Pilipino’s Tatlong Tabing” Three Plays by Tony Perez), Harry David (Dulaang Laboratoryo’s Cyrano: Isang Sarsuwela, Rody Vera’s Ang Unang Aswang: Isang Pagangkop Sa Teatrong Pisikal ni Delphine Buencamino), JR Macanas ((Dulaang Laboratoryo’s Cyrano: Isang Sarsuwela, Rody Vera’s Ang Unang Aswang: Isang Pagangkop Sa Teatrong Pisikal ni Delphine Buencamino, and the recent Dulaang UP’s Titus Andronicus) alternating with Zandrei Merced, Elora Españo (Dulaang UP’s Rizal X, Orosman at Zafira, and Dulaang Laboratoryo’s Pulses) alternating with Japo Parcero taking the lead with Elora Españo, Victoria Mañebo (Rody Vera’s Ang Unang Aswang: Isang Pagangkop Sa Teatrong Pisikal ni Delphine Buencamino), alternating with Leah Galisa (Dulaang Laboratoryo’s Cyrano: Isang Sarsuwela), Nikka Angeles (Dulaang UP’s Shock Value and Dulaang Laboratoryo’s Cyrano: Isang Sarsuwela), alternating with Keann Clemente, Gell-O Conferido (Dulaang Laboratoryo’s Cyrano: Isang Sarsuwela), Lexy Lu alternating with Claricel Estrella, Jake Tanchuling, Tim Villareal.
Other than Sabate and Manzanzo, making up the promising artistic staff are Jean Tanchuco, Nissi Gatan (Production Designer), Niqi Granados (Costume Designer), Meliton Roxas (Lighting Designer), Dino Dimar (Photography and Graphics Design), Gabe Ongkiko and Timothy Ng (Video Design) and Delphine Buencamino (Choreography).
“Series Finale: Saan Hahantong Ang Tagpong Ito?!” runs from December 5 to 18, 2011 at Vision 21, Crossroads 77, #77 Mother Ignacia Street, Quezon City. Original Music, Lyrics, and Direction by William Elvin Manzano.
For sponsorship and ticket inquiries, please contact Nicole Nequinto (09064581711) or Raquel Pascua (09065721157).