Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas’ opening production for its new season is “Ang Katatawanan ng Kalituhan,” Guelan Varela-Luarca’s Filipino translation of William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors,” in commemoration of The Bard’s 400th death anniversary.
“Ang Katatawanan ng Kalituhan” runs Aug. 24-Sept. 11 at Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2/F Palma Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon City.
“Ang Katatawanan ng Kalituhan” merges the past and the present into a narrative of mistaken identities, loves lost and found, and families gone astray and made whole again.
The play revolves around a father named Egeon who searches for his identical twin sons, who were separated from him in a shipwreck long ago. He visits the city of Ephesus for this search without knowing that one of his missing sons, Antipholus of Syracuse, is also visiting the city. His other son, Antipholus of Ephesus, has become a prominent citizen in the city, and the presence of his identical twin sons leads to confusion, and yes, a comedy of errors.
Alexander Cortez, known for his deft handling of Shakespearean plays (Dulaang UP’s “Macbeth” and “Richard III”), directs the play. The production’s artistic team includes Judy Ick (dramaturgy), Gino Gonzales (costume design), Ohm David (set design), Meliton Roxas Jr. (technical direction and lighting design), Jethro Joaquin (sound supervision), Arvy Dimaculangan (sound design) PJ Rebullida (choreography), Winter David (video design), Jojit Lorenzo (photography), Pow Santillan (art direction for photography and poster design) and Jean Edfhel Pascual (assistant dramaturg).
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