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‘Collection,’ a new play from Floy Quintos closes Dulaang UP’s 37th season

Jeremy Domingo as the shrewd auctioneer Carlo Vibal in Floy Quintos’s “Collection”. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines— What happens to a society that is overrun by greed and materialism? By shifting moral values and by acquisitive desires?

Collection, the much-awaited new work from acclaimed playwright Floy Quintos is a dark comedy that paints a disturbing picture of society obsessed with conspicuous consumption, surface glamour, and the endless, unsatisfying pursuit of the Next Big Thing. Collection closes Dulaang UP’s 37th Season.

In this artistic vision of a materialist hell, a fictional government agency, the National Commission on the Disposal of Philippine Patrimony, has sanctioned the sale of historical and national treasures like the Banaue Rice Terraces, the Chocolate Hills and the Malolos Constitution. The proceeds go to a national lottery designed to alleviate poverty through dole outs.

The discovery of a 16th century ivory image and the machinations of the auctioneer Carlo Vibal (Jeremy Domingo) stir the covetous desires of several collectors. Industrialist Manolo Estancio (Leo Rialp), international jeweller Tatiana Olandres (Alya Honasan and Stella Cañete), beauty magnate Stephen Yan (Roeder Camanag) and creative genius Alphonse (Alexander Cortez). Each of them wants the Virgin for his own, and all are willing to bid excessively to possess it. In the end, the auction pits not only the wealthy bidders against each other, but against the mass of Filipinos all wanting their share in the sale. But will it push through? Will one buyer own the image? Or will the sands of shifting morality cause the ground on which this fragmented society stands to crumble?

Collection is directed with an imaginative and imagistic flair by Dexter Santos whose innovative works include Lulu, Rizal X, and Orosman at Zafira. Also in the cast are some of theater’s biggest stars including Red Concepcion, Jean Judith Javier, Janine Santos, Teetin Villanueva, Jules Dela Paz, Via Antonio, Arkel Mendoza, Natasha Cabrera, William Manzano and Dulaang UP ensemble.

Collection runs February 13, 14,15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and March 1 at 7pm and February 16,17, 23, 24 and March 2-3 at 10am and 3pm at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman. For sponsorship and ticket inquiries, please contact the Dulaang UP Office at 926-1349, 981-8500 local 2449 or 433-7840 and look for Ms. Camille Guevarra or Ms. Samanta Clarin.


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