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‘Sakuntala’ returns onstage this February 2018; ATM announces other lineup of Productions

Dushyanta and Sakuntala are portrayed by Cedrick Juan and Matel Patayon, respectively. Image courtesy of Art Theatre Manila’s facebook page.

Art Theater Manila’s (ATM) maiden production of ‘Sakuntala: Ang Singsing ng Kapalaran’ that premiered in September last year is coming back onstage for its second run from February 2-11 with Fridays (3pm and 8pm), Saturdays and Sundays (10am and 3pm) shows, respectively at Studio 72 Black Box Theater, on Kalayaan Avenue {beside Verjandel Hotel), Barangay Teacher’s Village, West, Diliman, Quezon City.

Cedrick Juan is King Dushyanta in ‘Sakuntala: Ang Singsing ng Kapalaran’. Image courtesy of Art Theatre Manila’s facebook page.

The play is based on India’s best Sanskrit drama of all time, Kalidasa’s ‘Sakuntala’ written by Palanca award-winning playwright Allan Palileo. Winner for both—Best Play (Non-Musical) and Best Actor  for Cedrick Juan (Non-Musical) at the recently concluded 36th Aliw Awards in December.

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. As the romantic love affair intensifies between the two, a curse was passed on by a powerful god Durvasas, which made Sakuntala lost her ring given by Dushyanta. It made the eventful twist—the king’s memory of the princess was hidden.

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 is reconciled and reunited with Sakuntala.

Also, the relatively young ATM, announces its lineup of productions. After the rerun of ‘Sakuntala’, ‘BOOMBA’ follows suit. It is a Filipino satirical play that touches on the current Philippines’ sweet issues namely, Sports Weather Entertainment Events Traffic. Politics, Society and Culture are added in the ingredient of non-stop, laugh-out-loud black comedy material. Television and theater actor-playwright Edwin Serrano takes charge of play’s script. The production opens on April 13-28 with Fridays (3pm and 8pm), Saturdays and Sundays (10am and 3pm) shows.


In September, the Philippine adaptation of Guan Hanqing’s ‘The Injustice Done to Ngo Tuo’ with Allan Palileo providing the text once again. Written during the Yuan Period, this is China’s piece of gem literature for theater and one of Asia’s treasured plays and its staging opens on September 14-30 with shows on Fridays (3pm and 8pm), Saturdays and Sundays (10am and 3pm).

For the holiday season ATM closes with Russian playwright Nikolai Gogol’s ‘The Government’ Inspector’. This comedy of errors will feature the very first collaboration of Palanca award-winning playright Rogelio Braga, who is also a Mindanaoan novelist, poet and educator and director with Joey Ting. The hilarious piece centers on the Philippine militia in a fictionalized provincial town led by spoofed Philippine General Bato together with its allied military forces in a nonsensical, almost trivial mock-down comedy of mistaken identities. Fun begins on November 16 to December 2 with Fridays (3pm and 8pm), Saturdays and Sundays (10am and 3pm) shows.

ATM’s artistic director-founder Joey Ting directs and supervises all of its projects together with co-founder and versatile theater, television and film actress Harlene Bautista-Tejedor.

ATM is a Foundation adherence to a non-stock, non-profit theater company that caters to Theater-for-the-Masses (TFTM) and initially connects with Theater-in-Education (TIE) programs for the development of art in the nation across Asia and the World.

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