Reaction Paper on Ccp's Staged Reading

Topics: Emotion, Gesture, Phonation Pages: 5 (1830 words) Published: August 23, 2013
A Critique on Virgin Labfest’s Stage Reading
Tanghalang Pilipino and Writer’s Bloc created Virgin Labfest which is a festival for new plays, untried, untested, unpublished and unstaged. It is done by virgin playwrights or first-time playwrights, first-time writers or also known as extra-virgins and born-again virgins or the professional writers with new works. The plays are selected from different scripts sent by writers from all over the country. Virgin Labfest is held at The Cultural Center of the Philippines on July 6, 2013 and Virgin Labfest is now running on its ninth year and proving to be one of the most successful theater festivals. To train aspiring writers Virgin Labfest created its own writing fellowship with a two-week mentorship programs on the study and practice of dramatic writing on the stage. The fellows have lectures, discussions and workshops on playwriting and script critiquing. The Fellowship Program culminated a staged reading of the fellows’ works at the CCP Bulwagang Amado Hernadez. The event is free and open to the public. There were 10 short plays directed by Dennis Marasigan and will be performed by amateur and professional theater actors. The 10 short plays are:

1. Ang Gintong Aral ni Ma’am Zeny by Tyron Judes D. Casumpang 2.  Final Interview by Christian M. Dagsil
3. Kalayaan by Christa I. De La Cruz
4. Ungentlemanly Behavior by John Carlo Dulu
5. Kung Paano Magsintas ng Sapatos by Janina Faith Gacosta 6. Bago Magkaroon ng Panibagong Mundo by Sherina Mae Inza-Cruz 7. Pabaon by Levine Andro Lao\
8. Ang mga Nakatatawid sa Asin by Lorenzo Elias Lopez
9. Drop Zone by Miyo Sta. Maria
10. Ang Huling Stage Reading ni Romulo Dulah by Christian Ubana Tordecillas These short plays that were featured are the results of the mentorship program by the award-winning playwright, Glen Sevilla Mas. As part of the Speech and Stage Arts class we were required to watch the Stage Reading of the fellows and critique them. At first, I was just expecting a simple presentation. From the word itself, stage reading, I was thinking of a group of people handling scripts and reading it as accompanied with variety of emotions. But I was surprised when we enter the Bulwagang Amado Hernandez and asked my classmates who were also there, if why there were props on the stage. They said that we will be watching plays more than we expected. The plays took only 10 to 15 minutes act on the stage and the title were announced before the play. Every part had a set of three to four different plays and the title of each play was announced before the play. I was not able to get the full title and just put something like “Adobo” or key words on my notes so I can remember them. The first play was “Ang Pabaon” by Levin Andro Lao. It was a good play but it is somehow a common story and with a predictable ending. But the thing that made it unique was the concept of Adobo that added a taste to the story. There were two characters in the play; ‘Buboy’ and the mother. Buboy as he portrayed his role, he was a bit monotonous and he used almost the same gestures and facial expressions. The mother although she is very young, her actions really fit her role as an old woman. The thing that distracted me with the mother was her way of pronouncing the letter ‘S’. she mispronounced ‘S’ as ‘Sh’, and because of that some of her words were not delivered clearly and I can’t understand some of the words that she said. Next was “Ang Gintong Aral ni Ma’am Zeny” by Tyron Judes D. Casumpang. The story was very extraordinary; the very first act that the man produced really showcased the whole 10 minute play. As we have studied in our class, I remember that a powerful voice at first will still the emotions of the audience as I have experienced that time. The man who played as the policeman and the former student of Ma’am Zeny really had a good quality of voice, powerful impact, variety of tone based on the emotions and...
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