Upstart… The Story So Far

  • Into The Woods

    Starring Rachel Alejandro, Shiela Valderrama-Martinez, Lorenz Martinez, Reb Atadero,
    Jillian Ita-as, Noel Trinidad (as the Narrator), and many others.
    Musical Direction by Dingdong Fiel. Directed by Joel Trinidad.
  • CLOSE ENGKANTOS OF THE CHRISTMAS KIND

    Book and Lyrics by Joel Trinidad,
    Music by Regie Tan
    Directed by Joel Trinidad
    BGC Activity Center (November, 2014)
  • SHORT PLAY LAB

    Various Writers and Directors
    Rastro, Burgos Circle,
    BGC (August and September, 2014)
  • SOS 2

    Written and Directed by Joel Trinidad
    Rastro, Burgos Circle,
    BGC (July, 2014)
  • BREAKING THE SILENCE

    Written and directed by Joel Trinidad
    CCP Silangan Hall (January, 2014)

    "Historic… brave… moving."
    — Suchitra Dalvie, Asia Safe Abortion Partnership

  • S.O.S.: Showcase Of Original Shorts

    Written and directed by Joel Trinidad
    Caixa Bar and Restaurant (October, 2013)

    "Theatrical euphoria"
    — Totel de Jesus, Philippine Daily Inquirer

    "Imaginative… zany…"
    — Lana Chan, kristn.ph

    "Witty, funny, and superbly acted"
    — Gemini Quintos, ABS-CBN Publishing

  • UNSPEAKABLY YOURS: The Underarm Monologues

    by Joel Trinidad and Cathy Azanza-Dy
    Teatrino, Greenhills (October, 2012)
    Directed by Cathy Azanza-Dy

    "A 'speakably unspeakable' hit"
    — Toff de Venecia, The Philippine Star

    "Hilarious"
    — Kristine Ching, Metro Magazine

    "A must-see!"
    — Max Ignacio, Mega Magazine

    "Hilariously good"
    — Jess Osoc, Shot Magazine

  • FORBIDDEN BROADWAY'S GREATEST HITS

    by Gerard Alessandrini
    Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC (May, 2012)
    Musical Direction by Onyl Torres | Directed by Joel Trinidad

    "Incredibly funny…"
    — Lea Salonga

    "Never a dull moment…"
    — Broadwayworld.com

  • RIVALRY

    Book by Jaime del Mundo | Music by Ed Gatchalian | Lyrics by Joel Trinidad
    Meralco Theater (February to March, 2012)
    Directed by Jaime del Mundo
    (Produced by 4th Wall Theater Company in cooperation with Upstart Productions)

    "… probably the best songs I've heard in a Filipino musical for some time."
    — David Dizon, ABS-CBNnews.com

    "… brilliant staging... beautiful musical numbers… masterful…"
    — Noel Zarate, Yahoo! Sports Philippines

  • MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

    by William Shakespeare
    School Tour (July to September 2011)
    Directed by Joel Trinidad

    "… impressive energy… well-assembled cast…
    Upstart's adaptation is definitely very much something teenagers
    and once-teenagers will enjoy."
    — Carmela Lapeña, GMA News

    "… remarkable, playful and interesting… an apt dose of wit
    and humor [in] the hands of a very capable director and a strong [cast],
    from the chorus to the leads."
    — Trixie Dauz, Blogger

  • DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN

    by Rob Becker
    Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC (May 2011)
    Directed by Michael Williams and Cathy Azanza-Dy
    (Produced by CTE Productions in cooperation with Upstart Productions)

    "A humorous yet insightful play…
    Joel Trinidad has a very dominant stage presence… impeccable timing, and… seriously hilarious acting skills…"
    — Ma. Glaiza Lee, The Manila Bulletin

    "Engaging… a treat to watch… a perfect date play…"
    — Sujata S. Mukhi, BusinessWorld

  • BREAKUPS & BREAKDOWNS

    Book & Lyrics by Joel Trinidad | Music by Rony Fortich | Directed by Joel Trinidad
    Teatrino, Greenhills (February to March 2011)
    (Produced by CTE Productions in cooperation with Upstart Productions)

    "A must-watch show for theater lovers."
    — Anton Diaz, ourawesomeplanet.com

    "Very well-written… Clever and witty…
    A refreshing look at the old game of love among today's young people."
    — Jose Mari Chan

    "Brilliant… original… cast a magic spell that caught the undivided attention of the audience."
    — Chuck Gomez, The Philippine Star

  • CRUSH HOUR

    Written and directed by Joel Trinidad
    Times Square Arts Center, NYC (October 2010)
    (Produced by CTE Productions in cooperation with Upstart Productions)

    "… a delightful, fun, energetic and endearing piece. What an incredible New York theater debut! I'm sure we will see much more from this talented artist and playwright!"
    — Tara Howard, NYC photographer

    "Very well-written… Clever and witty…
    A refreshing look at the old game of love among today's young people."
    — Jose Mari Chan

    "Encapsulates… the obsessive silliness that is puberty. A hilarious, lightning-fast time warp."
    — Pat Vicente, UNICEF