PETA's 47th Theater Season Launch

My favorite season of the year also marks the end of another glorious theater season and the start of theater workshops in most of the theater companies here in the Philippines.  And before we dive into the bliss that is summer, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) gave us an appetizer of what is to come in their 47th theater season.



PETA Productions and Performances

Personally, it is good to know that PETA is going to have a re-run of "Rak of Aegis" to open season 47!  This gives us another chance to witness the theatrical talents of the power couple, Isay Alvarez and Robert Sena, and see and hear the Aegis anthems on stage.


PETA has been known for producing original Filipino theater productions, and true to their calling, the next generation of artists will take stage this season in the new musical, or should I say "top flippin' Balagtasan Battle,"Florante at Laura: Remastered.  I can't help but ask the writer, Anj Heruela, about the production's seeming resemblance to William.  As she clarified, "William" is about understanding Shakespeare and relating his works to the characters' lives, while this new production would tell us how the present generation would learn from Balagtas and utilize this knowledge in today's means of poetry or song, which is FlipTop battles and/or hip-hop.  The creative process in mounting this production is so exciting and the finish product is just the tip of the iceberg that we would all be glad to bump into.


Another new production would be "Cherry Orchard,"which is adapted by Rody Vera from Anton Chekhov and would be directed by Loy Arcenas.  This would be a period production set in 1960s.  I would love to know more about this production soon!

PETA would still be bringing theater closer to everyone by having our all time favorite productions on tour: William, Mga Kuwento Ni Lola Basyang and Batang Rizal.

International Partnerships

PETA doesn't only contribute to the Philippine Theater Industry, but they also enable us Filipinos in having a taste of the international theater scene with their international partnerships.  This season, we don't need to go out of the country just to be updated on what is happening on stage in different parts of the world.

I am looking forward to see the non verbal twin-bill production that celebrates the Philippine-Japan Friendship Month:  PETA's Strong Boy, Deaf Boy and a Girl in a Abaya and Dora Theater's Ayanasu.  And the child in me is anticipating to see Janne Raudaskoski and Sanni Rannila's Wally Watthead and his Lost Glow.  They really prepared the theater season to cater to audiences of all ages!

Also part of the international productions are Daniel Bye's Price of Everything and James Cousins' There We Have Been.

For more details about these International Productions you may contact Production Manager Eko Baquial at ekobaquial@me.com or +63 906 584 0471.


I am looking forward to PETA's 47th theater season!  This makes the end of summer much more bearable.  ;)  How about you?  What are you looking forward to see on stage this coming theater season?  Let me know in your comments!

To see snippets of the performances during the launch last April 5, check out the videos on my YouTube Channel.  Don't forget to subscribe!


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