'Ang Nawawalang Kapatid' returns to UP


Posted at Jul 10 2014 03:06 PM | Updated as of Jul 10 2014 11:06 PM

A scene from "Ang Nawawalang Kapatid." Photo by Vlad Gonzales

MANILA -- The University of the Philipppine theater group Dulaang UP brings back its critically acclaimed production of the musical "Ang Nawalang Kapatid" for another extended run this weekend, from July 11-13, in celebration of UP Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts’ 55th Anniversary.

Proceeds will go to the improvement of UP Diliman’s famed theaters -- Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater and Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan 0- bastions of DUP plays.

If you missed or would like to relive the Filipino retelling of one of the world’s oldest and longest epic poems, "The Mahabharata," this is your chance to watch the production that has been praised by critics -- including ABS-CBNnews.com's Paul Henson -- for its direction, text, music, and choreography.

Henson lauded the production as “an elegant and regal Filipino
adaptation” and Dexter Santos’s 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?

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

Read our original review of "Ang Nawawalang Kapatid" here.