Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Five new plays from PETA

The Philippine Educational Theater Association presents five exciting new plays in its 41st theater season.

Opening the season in July, Soxie Topacio directs Nic Tiongson’s NOLI AT FILI DEKADA 2000 (DOS MIL). The play is set in a small town in the Quezon province where the small town politics and social mores become the backdrop of Rizal’s novels. Performances are slated July 18-ugust 24, Fridays to Sundays at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

TOSCA (August 29-30, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) is an adaptation of Puccini’s classic opera piece. PETA sets its interpretation during the Japanese occupation and Tosca becomes the battle ground of Japanese Imperialism, patriotic love and selfish greed.

Christine Bellen’s MGA KUWENTO NI LOLA BASYANG and BATANG RIZAL are back to back presentations of the Children’s Theater productions for September to October. Lola Basyang features three of Severino Reyes’ folktales: Ang Prinsipeng Mahaba ang Ilong, Ang Binibining Tumalo sa Mahal na Hari and Ang Prinsipeng Duwag, tackling the mythical journeys into self discovery and value formation.

Batang Rizal revisits the notions of heroism and love of country from the point of view of a child. Shows will be on September 19-October 12, Fridays-Sundays at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

SAAN BA TAYO IHAHATID NG DISYEMBRE? is the featured play from November 14 to December 7, with Friday performances at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday performances at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The third of Tony Perez’s trilogy on friendship love and compassion, the play, directed by Nonon Padilla, is about the unbreakable love and bonding between best friends and among family members, despite complications of betrayal, jealousy and anger.

The season ends with ADAPTING THE EUROPEAN MASTERS in a pseudo-festival that will showcase an end to a 10-month project that will take at least 40 PETA artists--writers, directors and actors--into the study of European playwrights. Shows on February 6-March 15, 2009, Fridays at 2:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Season subscription is available for only P1,000. Each subscriber will be entitled to one entry pass to all productions at the Theater Center plus privileges including discounts for up to two companions, regular mail or e-mail updates on the latest happenings in PETA, a subscriber ID and acknowledgment in the souvenir program of all productions.

For more details, contact the PETA Marketing and Public Relations office at The PETA Theater Center, 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, QC with telephone numbers 4100821 or 7256244, or email petampro@yahoo.com. Schedules may change without prior notice.

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