Joel Saracho’s "Kwentong Bata" is an adaptation of Lillian Hellman’s "Children’s Hour." Set in 1934 in an all girls’ boarding school, it's about a rumor that spreads concerning two headmistresses who are allegedly having a lesbian affair.
"Lihis," meanwhile, is Emmanuel Canteras’ translation of Martin Sherman's "Bent," about young gay men in 1930s Berlin and their struggles to keep sane in a concentration camp under the watchful eye of the Nazis.
In the twinbill production of "Wo(e)MEN" featuring "Kwentong Bata" and "Lihis," the Philippine High School for the Arts' Sipat Lawin Ensemble looks back on age-old taboos and examines the woes of men and women caught up in a sexually challenged and sexually changing world.
Acclaimed director, actor and production designer Tuxqs Rutaquio leads the PHSA's theater alumni in breathing life to "Wo(e)MEN," which runs at the UP Cine Adarna, UP Diliman, on May 20, 21, 22, and 23, 8 p.m. The show is co-presented by the University of the Philippines Film Institute (UPFI).
"Children’s Hour" was adapted into film in 1961 by William Wyler, starring Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine and James Garner. "Bent" was filmed in 1997 by Sean Matthias, with Mick Jagger, Ian McKellen and Jude Law.
Tickets at P200 each. For inquiries and reservations, call 0927-9093862 (Tin Penserga), 0917-5600726 (Alison Segarra), 0915-9046721 (Mara Marasigan) or 0921-2859099 (JK Anicoche).