Thursday, March 6, 2014

Dulaang UP’s Ang Nawalang Kapatid Stages Additional Shows

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Coming off a hugely successful and critically acclaimed three-week run, Dulaang UP’s Ang Nawalang Kapatid stages additional shows on March 14, 15, and 16.

If you missed or would like to relive the Filipino retelling of one of the world’s oldest and longest epic poems, The Mahabharata, then this is your chance to watch the production praised by critics for its direction, text, music, and choreography. Critics laud the production as “an astonishing theatrical experience”, “an elegant and regal Filipino adaptation”, and Dexter Santos’ direction as “breathless and daring”.

The story revolves around the battling royal families of the Pandavas and Kauravas, and the moral dilemma Karna, the lost brother, finds himself in. To whom does he owe his loyalty? To his family or to the state which made him a prince?

Through this production, Dulaang UP seeks to bring the timeless story of The Mahabharata to a wider audience. By filtering the epic through the sensibilities of Filipino artists, the production shows us our Indian roots and its enduring impact on our culture. The production highlights how the epic has shaped strong values like loyalty to family which is so much a part of Southeast Asian culture.

Originally staged as a children’s play, this fiercer, bigger, and more complex staging of acclaimed playwright Floy Quintos’ adaptation of the Indian epic is under the direction and choreography of Santos, with original music by Ceejay Javier.


The formidable artistic staff is completed by Gino Gonzales, John Batalla, and Ohm David who designs the costumes, lights, and set respectively; Krina Cayabyab for vocal direction with musical arrangement by Louise Ybañez; additional choreography by Al Garcia, Jeffrey Hernandez, Stephen Viñas, and Vincent Pajara; technical direction by Meliton Roxas Jr. and Ohm David; dramaturgy by Teetin Villanueva and Jeffrey Hernandez; and poster design and photography by Dino Dimar.

Ang Nawalang Kapatid’s additional shows are on March 14 (7:00 pm), 15 and 16 (3:00pm and 8:00pm) at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2nd floor Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman.

For tickets, sponsorships and showbuying inquiries, call Samanta Hannah Clarin or Camille Guevara 9261349, 4337840, 9818500 loc 2449 or email

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