Coming off a hugely successful and critically acclaimed extended run, Dulaang UP’s Ang Nawalang Kapatid stages benefit shows on July 4-6, 11-13 (Friday to Sunday only) in celebration of UP Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts’ 55th Anniversary. Proceeds are for the improvement of UP Diliman’s famed theaters–Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater and Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan–bastions of DUP plays.

If you missed or would like to relive the Filipino retelling of one of the world’s oldest and longest epic poems, The Mahabharata, this is your chance to watch the production praised by critics for its direction, text, music, and choreography. Critics laud the production as “an astonishing theatrical experience”, “an elegant and regal Filipino adaptation”, and Dexter Santos’s direction as “breathless and daring”.

The story revolves around the battling royal families of the Pandavas and Kauravas, and the moral dilemma Karna, the lost brother, finds himself in. To whom does he owe his loyalty? To his family or to the state which made him a prince?

The production emphasizes how the epic has shaped strong values regarding loyalty to family which is so much a part of South East Asian culture. Prof. Rina Angela Corpus emphasized how “Ang Nawalang Kapatid teaches us to learn the lasting truth that goodness and benevolence will inevitably return, like a lost son, back to the heart of human life, according to the drums of destiny” (GMA News Online, March 3, 2014).

Originally staged as a children’s play, this fiercer, bigger, and more complex staging of acclaimed playwright Floy Quintos’ adaptation is under the direction and choreography of Santos, with original music by Ceejay Javier.

Ang Nawalang Kapatid is staged at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2nd floor Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman. Seats are limited. For tickets, sponsorships and showbuying inquiries, call Samanta Hannah Clarin or Camille Guevara 9261349, 4337840, 9818500 loc 2449 or email