Here's a fun and exciting theater treats for 2014! After the box office success of Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (PETA) Rak of Aegis, PETA opens its new theater season with the return of the hit rock-comedy musical to the stage.
Rak of Aegis features the chart-topping Aegis hits such as “Halik,” “Sinta,” “Luha” and “Basang Basa sa Ulan,” rearranged by musical director Myke Salomon. Rak of Aegis is a musical filled with visual spectacle showcasing the Pinoy’s natural love for music and innate resilience in the face of calamity. The musical runs for 67 shows from June 20- August 31, 2014.
PETA also offers a new take on Florante at Laura with Florante at Laura Remastered, a Balagtasan battle inspired performance that infuses the classic text with gritty hip-hop humor and rippin’ rhymes. The story follows two aspiring wordsmiths, Victor, a private school boy and Ronbert, a street vendor, as they navigate through Francisco Baltazar’s masterpiece, in search of their own voice. These young kids yield their words as weapons and learn much more than what textbooks and classrooms could offer. Florante at Laura Remastered is written by Anj Heruela and directed by Ian Segarra. It will be staged on August 8-September 20, 2014 at Springs Production Studios.
Another production to watch out for is PETA’s adaptation of Anton Chekov’s Cherry Orchard. In this staging, the text will be set in the milieu of 1960’s lavish Manila aristocracy, to be adapted by Palanca Awardee Rody Vera. This production will also be PETA’s premiere collaboration with independent film director and Obie-awardee production designer Loy Arcenas.
Aside from its in-house productions, the PETA Theater Center is also host to several local and international events and arts happenings.
On July 26, the PETA Theater Center and Japan Foundation Manila present PETA’s Strong Boy, Deaf Boy and a Girl in an Abaya and Dora Theater Company’s Ayanasu (Woven), two non-verbal performances about adversity, hope and triumph.
In partnership with British Council Manila, PETA also offers The Price of Everything and There We Have Been. The Price of Everything is Daniel Bye’s performance lecture of bizarre facts and impassioned arguments about value. James Cousins’ There We Have Been is a daringly intimate glimpse into a secluded world of fragile dependency. It takes an inspiration from the troubled relationships portrayed in Murakami’s best-selling novel Norwegian Wood.
Magic, fun and adventure combine in Janne Raudaskoski and Sammi Rannila’s Wally Watthead and His Lost Glow– Finland’s hit children’s magic theater show. Magic tricks and spectacles abound as Wally Watthead, a lightbulb, and his smartphone friend Simon the Simcard’s search for Wally’s lost glow. Children and adults will be thrilled by Wally’s magic transformations as he shrinks, levitates and grows on stage. Wally Watthead and His Lost Glow is a magical performance sure to be enjoyed by the entire family.
Aside from performances happening at The PETA Theater Center, PETA’s three mobile productions, Christine Bellen’s Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang, Ron Capinding’s William and Christine Bellen’s Batang Rizal are still on tour. For more information, contact (02) 725-6244, 0917-5765400, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.petatheater.com.