May 15, 2020

In response to the crisis, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) theater festival Virgin Labfest is going fully digital. The festival, dubbed #Kapit, a Virtual Labfest: Lockdown Edition, will be taking place from Jun. 10 to 28.

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THE Virgin Labfest braves a new front and adjusts to new realities as the playwrights, directors, and actors take a further leap of faith to bring the annual festival of untried, untested, and unstaged works on a virtual stage. In response to the COVID 19 crisis, the theater festival will have its lockdown edition, slated on June 10 to 28, 2020. Dubbed “VLF 2020 KAPIT: Lab in the Time of Covid (A Virtual Labfest Lockdown Edition),” the 16th edition will feature nine new works, three revisited works, and six staged readings. "The Virgin Labfest is here, and it remains strong and able to adjust to new realities. The festival has a firm fan base that has filled the CCP theaters year in and year out. Let's continue to tell our stories on the virtual stage," said festival director JK Anicoche. Established in 2005, the Virgin Labfest is co-presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, its resident theater company Tanghalang Pilipino and the playwrights' group Writer's Bloc Inc. For more details, visit Event page: #VLF2020 #VLFKapit #CCP50 Poster design by @superstanman

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Recently, the virtual theater festival released the complete lineup of plays, staged readings and roundtable discussions that theater fans can look forward to seeing next month. #Kapit, a Virtual Labfest: Lockdown Edition features nine new works, three revisited plays and six new staged readings.

The festival will also be holding programs like “CoLab: Conversations with VLF Collaborators and Creators,” which are panel discussions featuring directors, designers, stage managers and prod managers. 

The plays featured on the lineup will have live premieres on CCP’s Facebook and Youtube pages on the first week of the festival, and will be uploaded on the last week of the festival. Programs such as CoLab and the playwrights’ fair will have special streamings on iWant TV after its premiere on CCP’s social media.

The writing fellowship program, meanwhile, will take place on Jun. 16 to 28. Details on ticketing and donations will be announced on CCP’s official social media accounts, and the VLF Facebook page.


Header photo courtesy of Tanghalang Pilipino

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