Pinoy play to be staged in New York theater fest


Posted at Feb 05 2013 05:08 PM | Updated as of Feb 06 2013 01:09 AM

Joel Trinidad in a publicity photo for the upcoming musical "No Way to Treat A Lady" by Repertory Philippines
MANILA, Philippines – A short play written by a Filipino will be staged by an American theater company in New York this weekend.

According to Love Creek Productions, “Witchslap,” written by Filipino actor, writer and director Joel Trinidad will be part of the short-play festival "February Flurries: Winter One Acts" at The Producers’ Club, which runs from February 8-10.

The festival is being mounted by Brief Acts, a division of Love Creek, which “has produced thousands of one acts, and often finds itself on the cutting edge of theatrical presentation,” its Facebook page said.

Trinidad, the son of veteran actor Noel Trinidad, wrote the lyrics to the musical “Rivalry,” which is currently running at the Meralco Theater. He will also be seen in Repertory Philippines’ upcoming production of the musical “No Way to Treat a Lady.”

“My first short play to be produced by someone else! I'm so excited!!! Break a leg, everyone!!!” he commented on the Facebook page of Love Creek.

According to the website BroadwayWorld, “Witchslap” is a comedy about “a love spell gone wrong.” It will be directed by Priyank Rastogi.

"I sent my script for 'Witchslap' to Love Creek Productions when I was in New York last year. I was lucky enough to have my play chosen as one of the seven entries to Love Creek's latest festival," the website quoted Trinidad as saying.

Also included in “February Flurries" are: "Public Transportation" by John C. Davenpor, "Big Day for Baby Brad" by Sally Cragin, "Sun Tea and Bagels" by Le Wilhelm, "The Perfect Package" by Michael Reimann, "The Limo Guy" by Church Orsland, and "Weightless" by Danielle Wolff.

“If you're in New York City on February 8, 9, and 10, catch my play Witchslap in the short play anthology February Flurries!” Trinidad said in his Facebook page.

According to its Facebook page, Love Creek Productions, founded by Le Wilhelm, has been producing plays in New York City for over 25 years.

“It is in our one act festivals that we often see writers such as Alan Ball who went on to become an academy award winner, Gary Lenon who had a number of major films, as well as many others who have gone on to write for television soaps such as Scott Syckles (Artistic Director of Workshop). We look forward to producing new authors and new plays during the years to come,” it said.