The new theater company called Art Theater Manila (ATM) takes pride in mounting its first production written by Palanca award-winning playwright Allan Palileo’s Philippine version of the greatest 7-act Sanskrit drama of all time, Kalidasa’s ‘Sakuntala: AngSingsingngKapalaran.
Joey Ting, the company’s artistic director and founder, helms the artistic and production team. Its vision is to showcase outstanding dramatic literatures of Asia including artistic masterpieces of Philippine theater.
ATM has its Executive Board members including award-winning film, TV and theater actress and playwright Harlene Bautista, world-class light designer and theater lighting technology (TLT) owner Voltaire De Jesus, scenographer and stage designer Ohm David and US-based writer and Filipino playwright Patricia Valenzuela-Kent.
The play is set in 2080 at the center of devastated Philippine islets in Palawan. A young king named Dushyanta falls in love with a hermitage princess Sakuntala while hunting within the parameters of the thick forests of the hermitage kingdom headed by their leader Canwa. As the romantic love affair increases between the two, a curse was passed on by a powerful god Durvasas which made Sakuntala lost her ring given by Dushyanta and eventually forgets the memory he had with the princess.
Sakuntala got pregnant and bore Bharata, the son who has inherited the strengths of his father Dushyanta. The curse ended when the fisherman, Cumbilaca, discovered the ring inside a big fish after the soldiers founded him. The adventures took so many years after the king Dushyanta is reconciled with Sakuntala.
Exciting line-up of mostly film, television and theater millennial talents is one of the highlights of company’s initial theater season.
Matel Patayon and Chase Salazar along with Diane Formoso (understudy) share the role of Sakuntala while Paul Cedrick Juan and Vincent Pajara along with Tracy Quila (understudy) and Jett Embana (understudy) will play the role of the king Dushyanta.
Other cast members include Gabo Tolentino and Al Angcoy as Madhavya; Rudyard Pesimo and Paul Santiago as Durvasas; Lei Ann Quinquileria, MeggyKatigbak, and Alecks Ambayec as Anusuya; Sarina Sasaki, Tina Macaraeg, and Kyrstynne Vargas as Priyamvada; Jacques Borlaza, and Ric Lorenzo as Canwa; CristyPeredo as Gautami; BrylleParzuelo as Samgarava; NelGumalog as Saradwata; Edwin Serrano and Neil Tolentino as Cumbilaca; Fritz Esase as Bharata; Anton Segismundo and RM Araneta as Heneral; Warren Grande and Tristan Bite as Sundalo; Ronnie Martinez as Pinunong Ermitanyo; and, NikulousAranas as Ermitanyo.
Artistic team members include: JM Cabling for choreography, Gian Gianan for music, Raqs Regalado and Jody Carig for costumes and make-up, MelitonRoxas for lighting, D Cortezano for visual effects with Fritz Esase for assistant direction, Eudes Anthony Garcia for dramaturgy, Chris Gallegos for photography, and Darla Dela Cruz for graphics.
The play premieres on September 27 till October 21 with 3pm and 8pm performances at the Studio 72 Black Box Theater, Kalayaan Avenue, Brgy. Teacher’s Village West, Diliman, Quezon City.. Ticket prices are at Php1000 for VIP A, Php800 for VIP B and Php500 for Regular. Students get special discounts.
Tickets are available on the following establishments: SaluThe Filipino Restaurant located at 26-B Sct. Torillo corner Sct. Fernandez St., Brgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City and at the Bluelight Studios, 4th floor of Forab Building, Kamuning Road, Quezon City or contact mobile number +63971005101 or visit its fb page: @ArtTheatreManila and @Sakuntala, respectively.