Catch a Hit Off-Broadway Play This Month Through This Local Theater Festival

Duncan MacMillan's masterpieces take centerstage at Sandbox Collective 2020!

( English playwright Duncan MacMillan's works bring socio-political issues, like parenthood in the time of climate crisis, addiction, and mental health, from outside the theater and to the stage. This March, Sandbox Collective is hoping to slap some sense into us through the restaging of two MacMillan plays, Every Brilliant Thing and Lungs, as part of Sandbox Fest 2020. This theater festival runs from March 6 to 20 at Zobel de Ayala Recital Hall, BGC Arts Center.

Lungs features Sab Jose (as W) and Jake Cuenca (as M). Courtesy of The Sandbox Collective

Lungs, which was first staged by Sandbox Collective in August 2018, captures the ongoing struggle of bringing a child in this seemingly dystopian world plagued with the effects of climate change and a turbulent social landscape. The story follows a 90-minute conversation between M (Jake Cuenca) and W (Sab Jose) while they decide whether or not they should have a baby amid everything that is happening today.

Teresa Herrera as Angela in Every Brilliant Thing The Sandbox Collective / Facebook
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Every Brilliant Thing, which was first staged in February 2019, takes us to the world of Angela, who starts listing down every brilliant thing that makes life worth living in an effort to cope with her mom's struggles with depression. It's a one-character, 90-minute play (with no intermission) featuring Teresa Herrera, who alternates with Kakki Teodoro. Get ready to be part of the conversation as this humorous but moving play breaks the fourth wall.

“After insistent public demand, we couldn’t not bring back Lungs and Every Brilliant Thing—two Duncan MacMillan masterpieces that really were some of the best and brightest moments of Sandbox’s six storied years in the industry,” managing artistic director and co-executive producer Toff De Venecia said in a statement.

If you wish to save yourself a trip to Bonifacio Global City, you can catch both shows in one go during the March 28 schedule: Every Brilliant Thing (3:30 p.m.) and Lungs (8 p.m.)


Sandbox Fest 2020 runs from March 6 to 29 at the Zobel de Ayala Recital Hall, 2/F Maybank Performing Arts Theater, BGC Arts Center, 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City. Tickets, priced from P1,363 to P1,704, are available through Ticketworld.

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