June 16, 2017

Virgin Labfest 2017: The Annual Theatre Festival in Manila

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  • The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), in partnership with its resident theater company Tanghalang Pilipino and  playwright group Writer’s Bloc Inc., will host the 13th Virgin Labfest on June 28 to July 16 at various venues in CCP, Pasay City.

    “Ang Bata sa Bus Stop” or The Kid at the Bus Stop by Sari Saysay and directed by Topper Fabregas

    Virgin Labfest is an annual theater festival that is dedicated to providing an opportunity for aspiring playwrights to create new works for the stage. The three-week festival promises to be a spectacular one, offering 12 unpublished and unstaged plays and 5 new staged readings written by 21 virgin playwrights, and three revisited plays all performed by 76 theater thespians and stalwarts and directed by 20 upcoming and established directors.

    “Vertigo’ by playwright Nicko Manipis de Guzman, directed by Yong Tapang

    With overall theme “Wagas,” the festival of untried, unstaged and untested one-act plays offers a chance for new writers to see their creative skills taken from script to the stage. Now on its 13th year, the annual theater festival has picked 12 new featured one-act works, out of more than 190 manuscripts submitted, with each expresses the complexity of human experience, create dialogues on social issues, and engage the audience to reflect.

    Nothing but dreams by playwright Dingdong Novenario and director Carlitos Siguion-Reyna

    The new plays are divided into four sets featuring renowned writers and directors of this generation.  The main play features will be staged at Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater), while the VLF Revisited will be performed at Tanghalang Huseng Batute (CCP Studio Theater), and the Staged Readings will be at Tanghalang Amado V. Hernandez.

    There will be a Virgin Labfest Writing Fellowship Program, a two-week mentorship program on the study and practice of dramatic writing for the stage, will also be held as part of the festival. The fellowship program aims to train young aspiring playwrights through a series of lectures, script critiquing, writing sessions and interactions with known playwrights, directors and selected actors.

    Come and experience this one-of-a-kind festival. Tickets are for sale at the CCP and all TicketWorld outlets. For ticketing information, please call the CCP Marketing Department at 832-3706 or 832-3704 or email the Sales and Promotions Division at ccpsalesandpromo@gmail.com.


    What: Virgin Labfest 2017

    When: June 28 to July 16, 2017

    Where: Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay City

    (This is an edited press release)

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