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The first ever European theater festival in the country with a focus on classic and contemporary pieces from various European Member States will now be a mix of virtual and physical performances.  

The European Union Delegation to the Philippines, together with EU Member States, its cultural institutes and partner Universities proudly opens Teatro Europa, the Third Edition, on  23 July at the Rizal Park Open-Air Auditorium. The Irish play, “Philadelphia, Here I Come!” by  Brian Friel is the featured opening performance by Teatro de Letran of Colegio de San Juan de Letran. Friel’s play is a tragicomedy that centers around Gareth O’Donnell’s move to  Philadelphia (US). The comic story is transposed to several circumstances in the Philippines.  

This theatre festival brings out the best talents from the Filipino youth as they get immersed with the European culture.  

The EU Delegation is proud that this event continues to promote cultural exchange as the European Union celebrates the European International Year of the Youth this 2022.  

Virtual and physical performances will run from July 23 to 20 August where audiences will witness universities’ interpretation of carefully-curated pieces with re-runs from August 22 to September 5.  

This year, eight (8) performances will be performed on-site while ten (10) will be staged online and seven (7) performances live streamed in the official Facebook Page of Teatro Europa  @TeatroEuropaPH. 

With 18 universities nationwide (11 from Luzon, 3 from Visayas and 4 from Mindanao), Teatro  Europa is bringing across the country the finest talents who are bringing to life never-before staged theatre plays.  

This year, the following theater groups with their performances pieces include:  

1. Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s Teatro de Letran – Philadelphia, Here I Come by  Brian Friel of Ireland adapted to Piladelpiya, Hirrr ay Kammm! 

2. Colegio San Augustin’s Kanlaon Theater Guild – The Elegance of the Molecule by  Petr Zelenka of the Czech Republic

3. Meridian International Business Arts and Technology (MINT) College’s  MINTeatro – La Mandragola (The Mandrake) by Niccolò Machiavelli of Italy 4. Mapúa University’s Mapúa Tekno Teatro – Antigone in Molenbeek by Stefan  Hertmans of Belgium 

5. Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan’s The Xavier Stage – A Matter of Husbands  by Ferenc Molnar of Hungary adapted to Give me back my Husband! 

6. Saint Louis University’s Tanghalang SLU – Fuente Ovejuna by Lope de Vega of  Spain 

7. Mindanao State University – General Santos’ Basic Institute for Dramatic Arts – The Madman and the Nun by Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz of Poland adapted to  Straitjacketed 

8. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela’s PLV-BACSTAGE – A Doll’s House by  Henrik Ibsen of Denmark 

9. Jose Rizal Memorial State University – Dapitan Campus’ Teyatro Dasuliman – Miss Julie by August Strindberg of Sweden 

10. Rizal Technological University’s RTU Dulaang Rizalia- Lysistrata by Aristophanes  of Greece 

11. Jose Rizal University’s Teatro Rizal – The Fourposter by Jan de Hartog of the  Netherlands 

12. Asian Institute of Maritime Studies’ Layag Collective – The Bus by Stanislav  Stratiev of Bulgaria 

13. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina’s Batlaya Theater Guild – The Master by  Hermann Bahr of Austria 

14. Arellano University’s Teatro Arellano – The Evangelists by Alina Mungiu-Pippidi  of Romania 

15. University of the East’s UE Drama Company – Cutting a Cake by Christoffer  Mellgren of Finland 

16. La Salle University’s LSU Teatro Guindegan – Auto da Alma (The Soul’s Journey)  by Gil Vicente of Portugal adapted to Padayon 

17. University of San Agustin – Iloilo’s USA Little Theater – Rosemarie the Cow by  Andri Beyeler of Germany adapted to Baka-Baka 

18. University of St. La Salle – Bacolod’s USLS Maskara Theatre Ensemble – Waiting  for Godot by Samuel Beckett of France re-imagined into Godo 

The EU Delegation to the Philippines is glad to have these universities on board as collaborators and it is grateful to venue partner, the National Parks Development Committee which is the venue for the official launch of Teatro Europa2022. 

The EU Delegation is grateful to Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela, Saint Louis University  in Baguio, Rizal Technological University, Jose Rizal University, both in Mandaluyong, MINT College in Taguig, University of San Agustin in Iloilo and University of St. La Salle in Bacolod  for welcoming Teatro Europa in their respective campuses.

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