Shorts & Briefs 8: TAYO NAMAN by EKSENA PH, is an independently produced “THEATRE FESTIVAL” of short and brief plays (10–12min plays) that features ONLY 1st-time theatre makers and performers. It’s been running for 8 years.
This year they are making a comeback to the LIVE theatre scene celebrating 8 years with 8 live shows, 8 new plays, 8 1st-time theatre directors, and 8 sets of 1st-time theatre actors.
It will be staged at DRAPER STARTUP HOUSE in Poblacion Makati, all Sundays of October starting October 9. Showtime is at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. every Sunday.
DRAPER is a 90-seater venue, located at 5048 P. Burgos Street, Poblacion, Makati, Philippines.
This year the THEME is “CHILDRENS BOOK but make it ART.”
Featuring Filipino Children’s book specifically chosen by the directors to play and reimagine for stage to serve a unique way of storytelling.
The plays are as follows:
BJ Crisostomo’s “LULU” (unpublished), about a little girl and struggles of life to be Directed by Richardson Yadao, current dancer and choreographer of ALICE REYES DANCE PHILIPPINES, now exploring the world of storytelling through movement;
Sofia Santiago’s “SI TAYNAY,” discusses the beauty and struggles of a single parent to be directed by EC who is a storyteller and an LGBTQ+ advocate;
Dr. Luis Gatmaitan’s SIGNAL No. 3” is about typhoon preparations and chaos to be Directed by ER Alviz, a filmmaker from the music and advertising world trying his storytelling using live theatre;
Dr. Luis Gatmaitan’s “ANG KUYA KONG ZOMBIE,” about the effects of staying late nights and darkness which was reimagined into a new play called “MULAT” to be directed by Maco Barredo, a returning thespian from the corporate world;
China de Vera’s “Palayain ang Aking Inay” is about a child whose mother is a political prisoner, adapted for stage with its new stage title “Pagusapan natin si Amanda” written and to be directed by filmmaker Dustin Celestino, who is a veteran playwright for the Virgin Labfest and now making its debut as a stage director;
Juan Ekis’ “SI ARIES AT ANG FLYING IPIS” (unplublished) is about a friendship between Aries and the Ipis to be directed by a young filmmaker from Laguna Ryan Termoso whose background in film making trace to his exposure on church services;
Cheeno Sayuno’s “THE MISSING BLANKET” is about the journey of finding the memories of a loving parent to be directed by Baguio based ARTIST TEACHER Kath Nobleza whose also going to feature all Baguio actors for her play; and,
Mark Boquiren’s “Maria Sibol” (soon to be published) is about a naughty fairy and and her adventure to be directed by James Ferrer, a young mom/ filmmaker/ student of MINT College who wants to create and tell stories.
Shorts & Briefs started in 2015 to have a safe space for 1st timers and aspiring creators to collaborate and just create. An initiative of Festival Director Karl Alexis C. Jingco, a theatre practitioner whose works revolve around improv and inclusive theatre, recently directed this year’s revisited play for the Virgin Labfest, “Nay my Dala akong Pancit.”
Since then, S&B has been expanded to serve the larger theater community.
S&B Staff also includes: Kevin Matsuyama (Graphic Designers), Steph Estrella (Production Manager), Felix Tiongson (Head Stage manager), Rozen Tabaodaja (Tickets Manager), Nino Manzano, and Jun Ebdane.
All 8 Shows of Shorts and Brief 8: TAYO NAMAN will have (FSL) Filipino Sign Language interpreters.
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