Budding playwrights, artistic directors, and stage performers will once again gather for the 16th Crossroads Benildean Theater Festival, which highlights the essence of metanoia, or the change of heart following penitence, through narratives that depict how life The annual event, presented by De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB)’s resident theater company Dulaang Filipino under the Office of Culture and Arts (OCA), features original one-act plays written and directed by Benildean and Lasallian students, alumni, faculty, and staff.
Four finalists were recently announced. Do Demons Deserve Grace, by Information System alumnus Andrei Santos, delves into a girl’s struggle against her inner demons, whileBarberya ni Santino by Digital Filmmaking student Brent Ignacio unravels the dire need to heal old wounds caused by past familial drama.
Lihim, by Digital Filmmaking student Clarice Cua, exhibits the conflict between truth and lies in an attempt to reveal a deep secret, while 17.9, written by De La Salle University (DLSU) Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing student Doreen Villanueva and directed by DLSU Literature alumnus Joey Alvarado, showcases a couple’s marital problem resurfacing along with the rising floodwaters.
The esteemed panel of judges included industry experts such as Rikki Benedicto, Remus Villanueva, and Ado Vencilao.
Benedicto, an established actor, award-winning director, stage fight choreographer, and educator, has had several productions with Virgin Labfest, Tanghalang Pilipino, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and Dulaang Filipino, where he is currently the director and mentor.
Villanueva has 14 years of acting experience and has worked with organizations including Gantimpala Theater Foundation, Actors Theater Company Manila, and Actors Theater Company United Kingdom. A mentor and lecturer in various colleges and universities, he is presently the Academic Program Head of CCP’s Tanghalang Pilipino.
Vencilao of Actors Company has led and performed in a number of productions, namely, Dennis Tiongson’s El Filibusterismo, James Villafuerte’s Ibong Adarna, and Tuxqs Rutaquio’sIbalong.
The 16th Crossroads Benildean Theater Festival is open to the public starting today until May 22. Individual shows will be at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the 6/F Black Box Theater. The Awards Night will be on May 24, 5:00 p.m. at the 5/F SDA Theater.
For tickets, screening schedules, and inquiries, call +63 230 5100 local 1528 or 1603 or contact [email protected] Tickets are priced at P150.
The SDA Theater and Black Box Theater are located at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde’s School of Design and Arts Campus, 950 P. Ocampo (Vito Cruz) Street, Malate, Manila.
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