With the help of Speak Philippines, I think that dream would be realized pretty soon. They hold Open Mic Nights at Sev’s Cafe and I wish to go there very soon. Anyway, speaking of poetry slamming and emotion-pumped nights over coffee, here’s another art-scape which, I hope, would take over the Philippine literature very soon. There’s this dramatic reading which launched last June 15, 2014 in Century City Mall. This is called Upstart Soundstage, spearheaded by Miss G. Tongi.
Upstart Soundstage is like a full-length drama, comedy or muscial, only different because there’s no props, no costumes — just pure performance. Imagine pulling it all off with just your ordinary, everyday look. Tough, huh? That’s why these performances need more concentration and more appreciation.
According to G., these readings are very popular in LA and New York and they want to bring that scene over here. Exciting, isn’t it? However, there’s still apprehension how the Pinoy crowd would take this in. Let me borrow the excerpt below from the press release:
Upstart has already kicked off with a reading of Jane Anderson’s The Baby Dance last Sunday and they are planning to have a different story every other Sunday until September 7. Other planned shows are based on Pippin by Stephen Schwartz, Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet, The Seagull by Anton Chekov, Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton, and many others.
Actors and screen personalities who will be joining this movement are Audie Gemora, Noel Trinidad (Upstart board members), along with renowned directors like Anton Juan and Bobby Garcia. You could refer to the details below if you wish to witness one of these readings:
Upstart Soundstage: The Dramatic Readings