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Tuesday, March 07, 2023

Newsletter: "Halu Halo": Ten Short Plays Adapted from Playwrights in the World of Theater


The FEU Theater Guild (FTG), the longest-running organization in the University-Belt, celebrates its 89th founding anniversary. Known from titular productions such as Usapang X, Confession, Ang Pinakamakisig sa mga Nalunod sa Buong Daigdig, and Kung Paano Maghiwalay and widely regarded of both the Far Eastern University (FEU) and guests.

Despite theater’s two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the organization aimed to reintroduce itself to the FEU Community with its theater laboratory, Tamdula V: Muli. FTG’s return and reacquaintance was successful in reestablishing its place in the performing arts. In preparation for its 90th anniversary in the following year, FTG wholeheartedly offers its major production “Halu Halo”.

Mr. Dudz Teraña, director of “Halu Halo” is one of the senior members and directors of the Philippine Educational Theater (PETA), one of the established theater-based organizations in the country. He is known for his directed productions in PETA such as “Tagu-taguan Nasaan ang Buwan”, “Batang Rizal”, and “Living Voices” a PETA documentary. He has also been an actor in “Care Divas, Under My Skin” and the television series “Niño, Niña”. As FTG’s artistic director, his goal is to reintroduce the incensed emotions of theater to the FEU community, throughout the University-Belt, and of Non-FEU community.

“Halu Halo” contains ten short plays that are divided into two and shown every Friday and Saturday. 
Set A every Friday:

“Arte Ka”, is adapted from the writing of R. Orloff and discusses the elements of writing in the entertainment industry.

“Recess” originally written by Teraña, is about familial issues, particularly of a father abusing his family.

“Walong Letra”, adapted from J. Johnston’s play explores the relationship of a couple with a dent in their union.

“Nang Mag-Suicide ang Langgam” from the original writing of Mr. Teraña, plays around with the social issues behind working in fast food retail.

“6.5 - 7”, derived from the writing of C. Reeve, is a playful story of a badly-timed elevator malfunction and a frantic woman’s contriving of her unfortunate situation.

Set B every Saturday:

 "Bakit Laging Buntis ang Cashier ng Mercury?" From the adaptation of A. Weiss’s work. It delves into the mental state of an individual and their pursuit of sanity.

"Sabay Tayong Mag-Grab", inspired from the writing of C. Pospisil, attempts to portray the serious trials of Filipinos in the field of mental health.

"Thank You Ha" is an original play from the artistic director, and talks about relationships. It tries to tell the story of repressed feelings from a sudden-ended relationship.

"Comfort Room" adapted from the writing of A. Woo revolves around the story of a man on his different dates and even more distinct characters that want to be with him.

"Dating Apps" adapted from the stage play of T.S. Wilson tackles the range of possibilities in meeting people through different dating applications. It displays the stories and pasts of each character.

In recognition to the people behind the stage, featured are the artistic talents of Abegail Esquierda Head Production Manager, Shamira Arguelles and Gabriel Hachero as Head Stage Managers, Jester Cortes as Head of Production Design, Alyssa Sarmiento as Technical Director, with Andre Gonzales as Lights Designer, and Sound Designer Raffaelle Pascua.

The accumulated work of each member in this production was invaluable to the show's complete fruition and development.

The ticket is priced at 200 pesos for FEU community (and other branches of FEU), FTG alumni, and FEU alumni (with alumni ID), and 300 pesos for non-FEU community.

The Set A play dates are on March (every Friday) 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 14, 21, and 28. 
Set B shows are on March (every Saturday) 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 22, and 29, 2023 at 6:00 PM.

Venue of the performances: FEU Center for the Arts Studio, Ground Floor of Engineering Building, FEU Manila, Nicanor Reyes Street, Sampaloc, Manila, 1008 Metro Manila.

For more details, you may visit FTG's social media pages: 
Far Eastern University Theater Guild on Facebook, @FTG1934 on Twitter, and FEU Theater Guild Official on Instagram and Tiktok.


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