After having two virtual theatre runs during the pandemic, the iconic "unstaged, untried and untested works" of the Virgin Labfest (VLF) are finally making a comeback on the live stage this June.
For its 17th year this 2022, the annual festival will once again be held in CCP's Tanghalang Huseng Batute from June 15 to 26 at 2 PM and 7 PM.
Unlike the usual full-show performances held at CCP, VLF presents an array of new one-act plays by emerging and established Filipino playwrights.
Previous show tickets cost approximately P300 to P400 apiece, with three 40-minute plays showcased in a single set. This year's ticket details are yet to be announced.
With the theme Hinga, notable VLF presentations include Juan Miguel Severo's Hintayan ng Langit, first staged at the Virgin Labfest 11 in 2015. It has since been adapted into the 2018 live-action film of the same name starring Eddie Garcia and Gina Pareño. Festival directors Marco Viaña and Tess Jamias are set to helm the festivities.
Check out the schedule and featured sets of The Virgin Labfest 2022:
SET A: LIFE IS FULL OF SURPRISES (June 16 and 25)
“Walang Bago sa Dulang Ito”
By Eljay Castro Deldoc
Directed by Herbie Go and Tess Jamias
By Maki dela Rosa
Directed by Adrienne Vergara
By Bibeth Orteza
Directed by Carlos Siguion-Reyna
SET B: LIFE IS STRANGE FICTION (June 17 and 26)
“Absurdo Events Day”
By BJ Crisostomo
Directed by Mara Agleham
By Jerry O’Hara
Directed by Dennis Marasigan
“Nay May Dala Akong Pansit”
by Juan Ekis
Directed by Karl Alexis Jingco
SET C: SCHOOL OF LIFE (June 18 and 27)
By Mikaela Regis
Directed by Pat Valera
“Punks Not Dead”
By Andrew Clete
Directed by Roobak Valle
By Anthony Kim Vergara
Directed by Erika Estacio
SET D: LIFE CHOICES (June 29 and 24)
by Dustin Celestino
Directed by Guelan Luarca
“Huling Haraya Nina Ischia at Emeteria”
by Ryan Machado
Directed by Regina De Vera
“Bienvenuta al lido De Venecia”
by George Vail Kabristante
Directed by Nanding Josef and Antonette Go
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