PETA's second offering for its 43rd season is "Ang Post Office," a Filipino adaptation of Indian poet and dramatist Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore's (1861-1941) play "Dak Ghar" or "The Post Office." It runs August 6-September 12, 2010 at the PETA Center Theatre in New Manila, Quezon City.
In Rody Vera's adaptation, Amal, the 10-year-old ailing child in Tagore's play, is now named Abel. The role is played by child actor Martin delos Santos, who appears alongside stage luminaries Bembol Roco and Bodjie Pascua. The newly-adapted piece transposes early 20th-century rural Bengal into a modern-day Filipino town.
The production also features a live vocal score from multi-award winning children's choirs, the Kilyawan Choir and the Loboc Children's Choir. Included in the cast are Lao Rodriguez, Ian Segarra, Jojo Atienza, Jack Yabut, Lot Lot Bustamante, Abner Delina Jr., Ness Roque, Jason Barcial, Mary Jane Medina, Josh Tecson, Sweet Ramos, and Julia Chua.
"The Post Office" was most recently staged in New York City by a Bangladeshi theater group, Charanik, with five performances at the New York International Fringe Festival in Lower Manhattan in 2001. The production featured a strong multiracial cast with three different young actors playing Amal--a Latino, a South Asian and a Chinese.
On May 7, 2011, the world will celebrate Tagore's 150th birth anniversary. Tagore, the first Asian who won the Nobel Prize in Literature, is also often referred to as Bengal's Shakespeare.
Gardy Labad directs the show. PETA's "Ang Post Office" has received art grants from the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, UNESCO Commission for the Philippines, MISEREOR/KZE, and Zest Airways Inc.
For ticket inquiries and reservations, contact PETA Marketing and Public Relations at (632) 7256244, (632) 410821 or (63)917-8044428. Visit www.petatheater.com.
Playdates: August 6 (3 p.m. and 7 p.m.), 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, September 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12 (10 a.m. and 3 p.m.)