“Ampalaya Monologues” stages anniversary show

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Love plus bitterness equals monologues. “Ampalaya Monologues” that is.

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First staged in August of 2015, this episodic play features a collection of short monologues about love, heartache, and bitterness, produced, staged, and performed by Theater in Alternative Platforms (TAP). Written by Mark Ghosn, as inspired by his friends’ stories of heartbreak and the form of Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues,” each “bitter” monologue here has a distinct character with a particular story.

This staging will include a whole gamut of personalities. Say, the bitter queen who was dumped for her best friend, or the boy next door trying to get out of the friend zone; the single lady who is forever the third wheel, or the NBSB and her almost-lover; the long distant relationship, or the womanizer who got cheated on, or a guy going through his first move-on moment.

ampalaya-monologuesThese are but some of the characters you will meet in some 20 monologues — 15 of their best, plus five new works. There will be dancing, live music, and other surprise twists. As a prelude to the show some of the country’s best spoken word artists will be featured as special guests.

Theater actors from TAP, which is an art movement that performs and gathers audiences in galleries, coffee shops, parks, bars, and other unconventional venues, to bring the art of theatre closer to the people, will perform “Ampalaya Monologues.”

The cast and monologues for this staging include: “Panatang Pusong Bagong Laya” with Mark Ghosn; “Sa Pagitan ng Tayo Ba atHindi Na” with RainGutierrez; “Hanash ng Soloista” with Janine Lloce, “Hindi Pwedeng Hindi Na” with Dave Ramones; “There’s A Basha in All of Us” with MarikoUrimoto; “Violet Ang Color ng Pag-ibig” with Berna Manipon; “Mga Bulong sa Hangin” with GraciaPaterno; “Akin Ka Na Lang, Please?” with YvesGutierrez; “Ang Huling Tagay na Ilalaklak Ko ParaSa’yo” with Yan-yan Gervero; “Mga Sayaw sa Ilalim ng Mga Ilaw ng Pinakamahabang Pebrero” with PattyArro; “Inukitsa Mga Tala” with Elizabeth Concepcion; “Saan Nagtatago Ang Mga Nawawalang Paalam?” with R’love Rojas; “Huwag” with Ace Alfaro; “Hanggang Throwback Na Lang” with Hogi Cadlum; and “Ikaw, Si Distance, at Ako” with Euwie Von Loria.

For the Prelude, guests include spoken word artists Kookie Tuason, Maimai Cantillano, Zuela Herrera, Brian Vee, Rod Marmol, Mark Dimaisip, Rommel Pamaos and Vim Nadera; musicians Pauline Lauron, Unwind, Chasing Deadlines, and Suicidal Genius; and live art group Cavity Collective.

“Ampalaya Monologues” is directed and written by Mark Ghosn, with production consultant Dennis Marasigan. Dave Ramones takes on technical director duties, and production manager is Mariko Urimoto.

This will be a one-night anniversary show, to be held on October 15 at the PETA Theater Center.

For ticket inquiries, message PETA on Facebook at or contact (02)7256244 loc. 23 or 09273917379. ***

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