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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Tag-Ani: A Tragicomedy About Love at the Age Of 70 All Set to Open on August 22


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The Artist Playground proudly presents “ TAG-ANI ” an endearing love story of two people in their twilight years written by Amelia Lapena Bonifacio as part of the trilogy Taluhan (Tatlong Dula ng Pag-ibig).

First performed in 1975, “ TAG-ANI ” is a “Tragicomedy” that features two characters in their 70’s who tries to rekindle the joys of love and being in love. The twist in its ending is a piercing truth that resonates the tragedy of those who have fully experienced love and have lost it and those who have never experienced love at all.

The playdates of Tag-Ani are August 22 - 23, 29 - 30 (Saturday and Sunday). Time: 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Performance venue is at 1701 The Little Room Upstairs, Landsdale Tower, Mother Ignacia Ave. Quezon City

“ TAG-ANI ” is an interesting story that celebrates love and the idea of being in love in a very odd at the same time fascinating way. In its tale, the power of love to bring meaning to one’s existence is highlighted. The interplay of flirtatious imagery embedded in the poetic lines, mischievous choices of the characters and the vintage courtship dynamics make each moment of the play very compelling.



Multi-awarded actor Roeder Camanag who is directing this play noted that “ Tag-ani is Artist Playground’s way of honoring and saluting the efforts and contribution of veteran actors who have devoted their lives to their craft through setting up a performance venue where the full intensity of its spot light is entirely theirs, where every line uttered and movement made are all about them rediscovering the reason why they have committed their lives to their art. Through the wit and wisdom of two veteran actors, Ermie Concepcion and Ces Aldaba the audience will be treated to a fun experience, I had a great time working with them surely the audience will too.”

CES ALDABA is a veteran actor of talent, range and variety, Ces has played varied roles in different stage plays, TV Commercials, Films & teleseryes. He attended acting workshops at Actors Workshop

Foundation (AWF) with Directors Leo Martinez, Lore Reyes and Peque Gallaga as his mentors. Ces practices the Eric Morris “No Acting Please” techniques.


Ces played Blas in his first stageplay, Rene Villanuevas’s award winning play “Hiblang Abo” directed by Director Joe Gruta for Dulaang Balintataw. He had also acted in Bulwagang Gantimpala’s Kanser, Florante at Laura, Romeo & Juliet, Queen’s Jewels, God Stealer and Hiblang Abo to name a few. One of his memorable plays was Calamba 1888, an adaptation by Dr. Amalia Rosales directed by Prof. Dodi Dizon for Polytechnic University of the Philippines students. He feels so proud to have been part of Dulaang UP’s Ang Mrs Kong Promdi (My Country Wife), Dukesa ng Malfi (Duchess of Malfi), Pasyon ni Kristo, Mary Stuart and Ang Tagak (Sea Gull), all under Director Tony Mabesa. He was also in the cast of Dead Stars and Sepang Loca for DUP Lab, under Director Anton Juan. Ces manages the Aldaba’s Theatre Friends & Co (ATFC), a talent management agency that also trains & helps theater actors get bit & supporting roles in TV soaps. ATFC is also producing Huling Sandali ng Isang Bayani, an adaptation from Pasyon ni Rizal by Nathaniel Arciaga & Prof. Jovi Miroy’s ANDRES BONIFACIO, Ang Anak ng Bayan.


Ces plays Father Mar in the soon to be released Indie Film, ECHORSIS directed by Mr. Lem Lorca. He played the role of Nicolas, the father of Gregoria de Jesus (Oryang) in Enzo William’s Bonifacio. He was also seen in El Presidente as Don Mariano Alvarez.

Ces has also done lead roles in 5 TV commercials and is often seen in the boob tube, the most recent of which are Bridges of Love, Yagit, Dream Dad and Ipaglaban Mo, to name a few.

ERMIE CONCEPCION started to act on stage with a minor role from the play of La Casa Bernarda Alba in PETA and followed by many productions of Gantimpala Theatre Foundation: Mother Ignacia, Ibong

Adarna, Florante at Laura, El Fili, Kanser, at Silang Magigigting. Theatre Now: Soltera, CafĂ© Vittorio at Bernarda Alba. Dulaang UP: Kangkong 1896. Arena Theatre: Juan Luna at Bayaning Huwad. Wisdom Theatre Foundation: Takas, Cecille Guidote’s Balintataw Theatre Group Taghoy ng Troya and Filipino Mobile Theatre: Hiblang Abo. She also became an actress for several Foreign Local Films, TV Soaps, Print and TV Commercials, Corporate Audiovisual Presentations, Documentary Films, Digital Films (Cinemaone, Cinemalaya) and Films Thesis Productions.

For tickets, call or text 0977-3062924.

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