An­trosin­inglaya pro­motes theatri­cal plays for the younger gen­er­a­tion

Sun.Star Pampanga - - IN CAMPUS! - BY ERIKA MARIEL B. GINES Sun.Star Staff Writer

Founded in 2012, the or­ga­ni­za­tion pri­mar­ily mounts and spe­cial­izes in the­ater pro­duc­tions usu­ally held in uni­ver­si­ties, the­ater fes­ti­vals, and other hip pro­duc­tion com­plex.

Oth­er­wise known as An­tro (de­rived from the Greek word mean­ing “man”), the com­pany ex­plores and breaks ground by us­ing man as its main fo­cus: his na­ture, skills, skills, bounds, emo­tions, and his ex­is­tence.

To date, the com­pany ex­tends its reach and con­tin­ues to go beyond the typ­i­cal the­ater con­ven­tions by in­vest­ing on the raw theatri­cal ex­pe­ri­ence in the pur­suit of aid­ing the au­di­ence to re­think, re-eval­u­ate, and re­dis­cover the­ater and their own selves, as well.

Some of the group’s well ac­claimed pro­duc­tions are: “Ang Paglalak­bay ni An­dres sa Un­der­world” (2013) held dur­ing Be­nildean The­ater Fes­ti­val, “Wait­ing Area” (2014) held at the Trin­ity Uni­ver­sity of Asia, “Mow’s Bar Per­for­mance” (2015) and “VII: Awak­en­ing” (2016) both staged at Fringe MNL.

Its re­cent pro­duc­tion en­ti­tled “Ang Walang Kat­a­pu­sang Se­quel” is gain­ing the younger gen­er­a­tion’s at­ten­tion as the play epit­o­mizes an un­usual love story that al­most ev­ery­one can some­how re­late to.

The play is set in an acous­tic bar, a bunch of char­ac­ter hang-out, date, drink, and catch up. Tes­ta­ments of and sen­ti­ments of a hope­less ro­man­tic, an old lover, the-one-that-got-away, an un­wit­ting mis­tress, and other char­ac­ters fuel the story’s un­end­ing dis­cus­sion about re­la­tion­ships, life, love, and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

Ang Wa l a n g Kat­a­pu­sang Se­quel also takes an ex­pe­ri­en­tial ap­proach to the story where the au­di­ence par­tic­i­pates and con­trib­utes to the per­for­mace.

Ac­cord­ing to An­trosin­inglaya The­atre Com­pany Artistic Di­rec­tor Alvin Molina, the pro­duc­tion was con­cep­tu­al­ized two years ago, and that it meant to touch the lives and hearts of its au­di­ence through por­tray­ing re­al­life sce­nar­ios and ex­per i ences.

“An g Wa l a n g Kat­a­pu­sang Se­quel (AWKS) is a site spe­cific play. Its con­cept was con­ceived two years ago but it took time for the pro­duc­tion to be mounted be­cause one, we had on­go­ing projects then that we need to tend to and sec­ond, it came to me that the piece needed to breathe and wait for the right tim­ing,” he shared.

“AWKS r evol ves around the idea that love is bound­less, nev­erend­ing and has in­ter­minable se­quels. When love ends, an­other one dawns. It may not be with the same per­son or the same feel­ing or ex­pe­ri­ence but love still per­sists,” he fur­thered.

Molina noted that the play will con­tinue to run in var­i­ous pro­duc­tion sites to reach out to more au­di­ences from dif­fer­ent places in the Ph i l i p p i n es.

“We are on cur­rently on our 5th run with 15 shows and we are eye­ing for run Novem­ber and De­cem­ber shows and un­til the show is still on de­mand. We also en­ter­tain show buyer and part­ners. In fact, our pre­vi­ous run was for the ben­e­fit of Philip­pine Foun­da­tion for Breast Care, Inc.,” he said.

“Mount­ing AWKS Se­quel in dif­fer­ent places makes the pro­duc­tion reach more au­di­ences. Even though it is writ­ten to be sit­u­ated in a resto-bar, it is still a site spe­cific play. It will adapt to its per­for­mance space. Aside from this, we go to dif­fer­ent places be­cause one the main char­ac­ters is a singer who per­forms in dif­fer­ent places like what a typ­i­cal mu­si­cian does,” he added.

He dis­closed that the the­ater com­pany will soon in­tro­duce a new kind of pro­duc­tion by in­no­vat­ing its con­cept that is a sure to match its young au­di­ences’ t ast e.

“We are cur­rently de­vel­op­ing a new treat­ment for our hor­ror site­spe­cific play, VII: Awak­en­ing, and we hope to mount it soon and for our year end pro­duc­tion, we are mount­ing the play An­tropolo­gia. 3 one act play re­volv­ing on the idea of dis­cov­er­ing man,”

Aside from theatri­cal pro­duc­tions, the com­pany is com­pe­tent in work­ing on the grounds of mod­ern me­dia. The com­pany uses its knowl­edge about the­atre and its aes­thet­ics as its spine and edge for pho­tog­ra­phy, videog­ra­phy, ad­ver­tis­ing, event plan­ning, and events man­age­ment ser vi ces.

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