Dulaang UP, in partnership with Bit by Bit Development Company, is bringing back its blockbuster production of Francisco Baltazar’s “Orosman at Zafira” in February 2011. The show opens Feb. 4 – 26 (Fridays and Saturdays) for a total of 15 performances at the SM Mall of Asia Centerstage Theater.

Considered as one of the best-written literary pieces by the “King of Tagalog Poetry,” “Orosman at Zafira” tells the story of man’s lust for power while highlighting the strength of the women characters and how they challenge prevailing social norms and restrictions. This contemporary adaptation of Baltazar’s text celebrates the uniqueness of Philippine culture through original music and dance. After it closed in August 29, 2010, Dulaang UP continued to receive numerous inquiries and requests from those who failed to catch it and even those who had already seen the show but wanted to watch it again.

This production first ran in February 2008 and was re-staged in August 2010 to sold-out, standing-room-only performances at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, UP-Diliman. The contemporary adaptation directed and choreographed by Dexter M. Santos, with original music by Carol Bello, garnered nominations for both Best Musical Production and Best Stage Director at the 21st Aliw Awards.

Some of the rave reviews include:

“Brilliantly directed and choreographed by Dexter Santos, Dulaang UP’s ‘Orosman at Zafira’ was an exhilarating show that made Francisco Baltazar’s komedya not just accessible to contemporary audiences but also engaging and fun.” — Walter Ang, Philippine Daily Inquirer

“’Musical’ might not be the best word to use to describe Dulaang UP’s production of Orosman at Zafira, but whatever it is it is mesmerizing theater.” — Exie Abola, Philippine Star

“A blazing musical-theater experience, and, not incidentally, a calling card for how disparate elements–Baltazar’s archaic Tagalog text, Bello’s neo-ethnic world music, Santos’ hybrid choreography–could create something uniquely, arrestingly homegrown, as far away from Broadway as could be.” — Gibbs Cadiz, Philippine Daily Inquirer

Tickets are available at all SM Cinema ticket booths (+63 2 470 2222) and all TicketWorld outlets (+63 2 891 9999). For group ticket sales and discounts, call or text +63 917 842 7346 or e-mail [email protected]. More information available at the Orosman at Zafira fan page on Facebook.