The UE Drama Company will present the three-act sarsuwela Paglipas ng Dilim, which will be staged from February 4-6 at the UP Diliman University Theater. Photo: Courtesy of Raul Asis


The "show off" Don Torcuato and Doña Carmen, the deceitful socialite Caridad, the pure hearted Estrella and the vulnerable Ricardo are only a few of the characters mixed up in the love squabble in Precioso Palma's and Leon Ignacio's Paglipas ng Dilim, a sarsuwela which will be staged on February 4, 5 and 6 at the UP University Theater at 6 pm.

The 1920 three-act play sets to music the amusing tale of twisted truths and of  triumphant revelations. It will be presented by the UE Drama Company (UEDC), the official student theater organization of the University of the East which was formed in the 1970s as a center for arts and culture in the university belt. Today the group is under the artistic direction of Frederick R. Castro and is considered as one of the most active university theater companies. UEDC is an active member of the network of theater groups of Alyansa, Inc. (Alliance of Cultural Workers in Metro Manila and nearby Provinces, Inc.) and of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts - Committee on Dramatic Arts.

Paglipas ng Dilim is UEDC's offering for the Sarsuwela Festival 2009 which is undertaken by the University of the Philippines Diliman  to provide a comprehensive understanding and a deepen sense of appreciation of the sarsuwela as one of the country's traditional theater forms.

Tickets are pegged at P75 per head. For reservations, please call up telephone numbers: 928-7508 and 981-8500 loc. 2105.