Saturday, June 25, 2011

Virgin Labfest 7: Set E - Revisited (June 29-July 10)

Tanghalang Pilipino Foundation, Inc. and The Writer's Bloc present Virgin Labfest 7 (VLF7) to be held at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute in Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) on June 29-July 10, 2011. On its 7th year, VLF is a laboratory theater where untried, untested and unstaged plays are presented. There will be 5 Sets of plays: Set A, C & D has 3 one-act plays, Set B has 1 full-length play and Set E (VLF Revisited) showcases the 3 best one-act plays of the year 2010. 

You can check: VLF7 Set A & B, VLF7 Set C & D.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 8:00 PM
Friday, July 8, 2011 - 3:00 PM

written by Allan Lopez 
directed by Tuxqs Rutaquio

Bing, a single mother, leaves her two grown children to live on her own.   Still grappling with uncertainty, she moves in her new apartment with the help of her son Kael.  In the deceptively simple conversation between mother and son, ambiguous and seemingly random recollections paint a portrait of a woman trying to rediscover strenght, and the drive to revisit her long abandoned desire. 

Cris Pasturan as Kael      
Mailes Kanapi as Bing       

written by Remi Velasco 
directed by Ed Lacson, Jr.

If you were trapped on your rooftop with nothing but only your wimp husband or a nagging wife in the middle of the tragic typhoon Ondoy, what would you wish for? Mercy demanded for an annulment while Obet wanted only his son to stay and Mercy to be booted out of “roof.” The storm begins, the battle begins. The couple’s struggle to save their lives was awkwardly turned into a fight, crystallizing their own family “storm” – their chronic, even futile problems. But when Ondoy subsided, who will be booted out?

Cai Cortez as Mercy        
Jelson Bay as Obet


written by Debbie Ann Tan 
directed by Issa Lopez

Gilbeys and Brandy, 20 years apart are husband and wife, pimp and whore who love each other dearly.  Brandy with her repertoire of roles as nurse, baker, cook or tutor does her trade with perfunctory ease that brings to the table Gilbey’s sole diet: chicken gizzard.  However, life gets more difficult.  They decide to take in a boarder, someone who could help them in this covert trade as well.

Enter Whiskey, a virile lad who looks and acts nice.  He convinces the couple to take him in as a bedspacer.  Days pass, the couple reveals their trade to Whiskey and insinuate an offer to works for them as a “plumber.”

But three is always a crowd. And soon enough, jealousies and hate begin to tear this odd trio apart. Whiskey proffers his love for Brandy.  Gilbeys suspects Whiskey of being a traitor anda  thief. Brandy is torn between the two.

But Gilbeys and Brandys love for each other runs deep.  A love that links the matter of eating chicken gizzards.

Bembol Roco as Gilbeys        
Missy Maramara as Brandy       
Paul Jake Paule as Whiskey       

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