The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) has always produced material that reflects social issues. It’s something that they’ll push for in their 51th season, which will be entitled Stage of the Nation. This season, the company will utilize the arts and engage artists to contribute to the discourses that concern the Philippines.
The season will focus on topics like truth, historical revisionism, human rights, extrajudicial killings, martial law, the elections, and people’s participation.
It has already started with performances of Ang Buhay ni Galileo, A Game of Trolls, Jon Santos’s Trumperte, and the album launch of Buklod, but you can check out the upcoming shows. Better plan your social calendar already!
Tagu-Taguan, Nasaan ang Buwan?
PETA’s newest children’s musical production tells the story of a young boy who embarks on a magical adventure to find the imprisoned characters of stories in a dark realm of fear and forgetfulness. As he goes deeper into his quest, he discovers the power of imagination and creativity. The playful musical was awarded Outstanding Original Libretto in the 10th Gawad Buhay Philstage Awards for the Performing Arts. Runs from November 14 to 29, 2018.
Charot is a Filipino colloquial term that means “just kidding.” PETA’s Charot will present Philippine current events for the freak show that it is, imagining a future under the new charter and its consequences. It will showcase how ridiculous we have allowed our country to be, and how more hilarious it will become. Runs from February 1 to March 17, 2019.
Human Rights Film Festival
A series of film screenings featuring the works of Chito Roño, Chuck Escasa, and more, to be held every Wednesday at the PETA Roofdeck. Runs on February 27 and March 6, 13, and 20, 2019.
Manila Improv Festival 2019
Third World Improv and PETA will present the Manila Improv Festival 2019, which will feature performances by improvisers from all over the globe. Created by Silly People’s Improv Theater (SPIT), the festival has come a long way since its first run in 2004. Runs from March 27 to 31, 2019.
Words Anonymous Anniversary Show
Words Anonymous is a group popularly known for “hugot-filled” spoken word. Apart from their romance-themed poetry, they also tackle a variety of themes that aim to shed light on important issues, including human rights, mental health, equality, LGBT issues, women empowerment, and other topics. Runs on April 27, 2019.
The Kundiman Party
The Kundiman Party is set in the tumultuous present, and is a bittersweet comedy about the times we live in and the choices we all must make. The Kundiman Party was first staged as the finale of the Dulaang UP 2017- 2018 season. Rave reviews, SRO crowds, and extended performances marked the world premiere of the Floy Quintos work, directed by Dexter Santos. The PETA staging showcases the original cast led by Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino. Runs on May 24 to 26 and 31, and June 1 to 2, 2019.
Apart from these shows, PETA will continue offering its year-round workshops, like the Workshop Weekends from January to March 2019 and the Summer Workshop for children, teens, and adults from April to June 2019.
PETA will also hold programs that will work with schools and communities. In Rehearsing Democracy & Resiliency, they will work with vulnerable communities in Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Manila affected by the war on drugs. The program aims to assist families to process their loss through arts. In Arts Ed, the company will work with universities to develop their theater group to create original productions relevant to students. Lastly, Arts Zone will partner with schools and communities in Manila to promote positive discipline instead of corporal punishment.