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Japanese play ‘The Dressing Room’ hits UP stage

Ang Dressing Room Theater Play

HERE’S ANOTHER TREAT for Filipino theatergoers.

The Filipino version of the a Japanese play by Shimizu Kunio will be staged by Dulaang UP of the University of the Philippines starting April 13. Known as ‘Ang Dressing Room: Kung Saan Lubusang Pangungulila Ang Dulot Ng Agos Ng Panahon,’ the play features multi-awarded actor, Roeder Camanag leading the all-male cast for female roles.

Together with Roeder are seasoned artists of Philippine theatre, film, and television namely Andoy Ranay, Gwyn Guanzon, and Ian Ignacio.

The play is a 1977 post-war Japanese play by Kunio, translation adapted by Chiori Miyagawa from an original translation by John Gillespie and its Filipino translation by Palanca award-winning playwright Nicolas Pichay under the direction of Alexander Cortez.

The play within a play tells the stories, frustrations, memoirs and aspirations of four actresses preparing backstage (gakuya, in Japanese) and waiting for their cue to enter onstage. All actresses express their desire to perform the lead role and their obsessive coveting for it ignites a comic yet dramatic narrative about shared memories and their relationship with each other. ‘Ang Dressing Room’ is a tender and humorous drama about actors, the theatre, aging, surviving and moving on.

Meanwhile, the play’s English version, “The Dressing Room: That Which Flows Away Ultimately Becomes Nostalgia started on April 9. The version features an all-female cast namely Frances Makil-Ignacio, Ces Quesada and Missy Maramara.

Also featured in the production are up-and-coming theatre actors, Maxine Ignacio, Marynor Madamesila and the Dulaang UP ensemble.

The artistic team is composed of Dexter M. Santos (choreography), Ohm David (set design), Meliton Roxas Jr. (lighting design), Faust Peneyra (costume design), Jethro Joaquin (sound design), and Patricia Balboa (video design).

Ang Dressing Room Play

Roeder Camanag in ‘Ang Dressing Room Play’

Roeder Camanag on a Female Lead Role

Camanag, on his role as Actress A about this play which opens on April 13 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater in UP Diliman has a lot of things to say.

“There are many reasons why I love being part of The Dressing Room. For many years now, I love my personal rituals as soon as I stepped into the theater. The preparations excite me as an actor. I make it a point to arrive in the performance venue an hour before my actual call time. I work best when I am relaxed, when I take my time, when I get into my character,” the actor said.

“As soon as I enter my designated dressing room, I turn on the lights, and put on my robe or what some call the dressing gown of the actor.”

“For this particular play, it is doubly memorable because my rituals and routines in the dressing room happen on stage. I play a Japanese actress from the past, a ghost whose soul never left the theater. So imagine the preparations I have to do to transform to my character and everyone sees that on stage.”

“As an actor, I am fascinated with the actresses – their core, their being, their psyche, their complications, their angsts, their emotions, their temperaments, quirks, and the many other things that make them different from me. This show allows me to live that fantasy. I love getting into the heart of a performance actress, into the mind of a female actor, into the soul of a diva. I’ve always loved the strong empowered women characters in theater – Lady Macbeth and Olga in The Three Sisters,” Camanag added.

“I am also glad that this play, Shimizu Kunio’s The Dressing Room, is all about dreams, sacrifices, focus, determination, struggles and survival, life, life in all its beauty and drama. And I am happy to work along side wonderful actors Andoy Ranay, Gwyn Guanzon Ian Ignacio and Jon Abella. It’s also my first time to work with director Alex Cortez.”


Ang Dressing Room: Kung Saan Lubusang Pangungulila ang Dulot ng Agos ng Panahon opens April 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 (10 am and 3 pm), April 20, 22, 23 (10 am) and April 24 (3pm). All evening shows start at 7 p.m.

The Dressing Room: That Which Flows Away Ultimately Becomes Nostalgia runs April 7, 8, 9 and 10 (10 am and 3 pm); April 19, 21, 23 (3 pm) and 24 (10 am).

All performances are held at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2nd floor, Palma Hall, U.P. Diliman.

For tickets, reservation, sponsorships, and show buying inquiries, call Samanta Hannah Clarin or Camille Guevara at 926-1349, 433-7840, 981-8500 local 2449 or email Like our official Dulaang UP page at

The Dressing Room: That Which Flows Away Ultimately Becomes Nostalgia | Ang Dressing Room: Kung Saan Lubusang Pangungulila ang Dulot ng Agos ng Panahon is produced by special arrangement with the playwright, Chiori Miyagawa.


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