Friday, July 02, 2010

PETA presents Rated:PG, a new play on parenting

After ending its 42nd theater season with a musical comedy on the Philippine elections, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), through its ARTS Zone Project, opens its new theater season with another pioneering work in the use of theater for the cause of education of development.

Through the support of Terres des Hommes Germany and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), PETA presents “Rated:PG,” a play on positive parenting written by Liza Magtoto, directed by Mae Quesada-Medina and with music by award-winning composer Vincent A. De Jesus. The show opens on July 9, 6 p.m., at the PETA Theater Center.

“Rated:PG” tells the story of Joselle (May Bayot alternating with Raye Baquirin), a hardworking, entrepreneurial multi-tasking mother of two who is about to make a major decision in her life that will affect her family. Would she take a job abroad to secure her family’s financial needs?

Her main problem is how to be away from her six-year-old son (Arthur Castro, Leon Matawaran), and who to leave him with. Her family leaves her wanting; her husband Romy (Jack Yabut, Joel Saracho) is too preoccupied with his own job to be bothered with raising a son; her older child Rosalie (Joan Bugcat), is, in her mind, still an irresponsible young adult; and her own mother uses scare tactics as disciplinary methods.

Throughout the play, the dynamics of a family are presented, all in an attempt to answer some questions: How does one raise a child to be a disciplined, responsible being? Are the old ways—spanking, hitting, sometimes verbal abuse—still valid and effective these days?

PETA’s ARTS Zone Program is an educational campaign on children’s right to safety and violence through theater and the arts.

The show opens on July 9, 6 p.m., at the PETA Theater Center, 5 Eymard Drive New Manila, Quezon City (behind QC Sports Club). Other performance dates are as follows: July 10, 11, 17 and 18 (10 a.m. and 3 p.m.).

For inquiries, contact PETA’s Marketing and Public Relations Office at 7256244, 4100821 to 22 or SMS 0917-8044428, e-mail

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