Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Before you vote, watch this play.

Raves for PETA's Juan Tamad here.

As its last offering for its 42nd Theater Season, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) presents “Si Juan Tamad, Ang Diyablo at ang Limang Milyong Boto,” a musical comedy written by multi-awarded composer, lyricist and musical director, Vincent A. De Jesus, with additional scenes by Liza Magototo and Anj Heruela. The play goes onstage at the PETA-Phinma Theater on all Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays beginning February 5 until March 7, 2010.

The satirical play is set in the imaginary island of Isla Filiminimon. Following the chronology of the election process, the plot presents various iconic characters of the Philippine society. There is Juan Tamad, a young first time voter, who in is his laziness and decision to be uninvolved tries to find reasons not to vote and participate in the Filimini elections. The Diyablo, acting as narrator of the play, further discourages Juan Tamad. He stresses the hassles of registering and voting: “Ang layo ng Presinto Kuweba JT. Napakalayo. Two blocks away.” Also, “parang perya ang eleksyon!,” while his choir acts out his asides and narration in vaudeville style. In contrast to the Diyablo is Juan’s Lola Anita, the former kapitana, who pushes Juan to get involved.

Other characters in the play are the candidates for the 2010 Pinuno ng Bayan: Bernardo Bungisnis, the two-time senator and former alkade mayor; Mariang Batibat, tv journalist, activist and environmentalist; Elsa Mananambal, a manghihilot, midwife and albularyo who speaks in sign-language; and Sigben Pugot, a young and dashing congressman. Each candidate advertises his or her programs through a series of hilarious song-and-dance sequences accompanied by tacky campaign jingles.

“Si Juan Tamad, Ang Diyablo at ang Limang Milyong Boto,” directed by Phil M. Noble, also features a fine mix of veteran actors and young performers--Robert Seña, Vincent A. De Jesus, Marvin Ong, Victor Robinson, Carlon Matobato, Marc Baluyan, Dudz Teraña, Roven Ramos, Joel Molina, John Eric Permejo, Lotlot Bustamante, Nicole Manulo, Joann Co, Meann Espinosa, Via Antonio and Sheenly Gener.

The PETA Theater Center is located at #5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City. Tickets are at P300 each.

For details and other inquiries, call the PETA Marketing and Public Relations Office at 725-6244, 410-0821, mobile numbers 0917-8044428, email Schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

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