Philippine Educational Theater Association's 44th season (2011-2012) line-up

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Announcement from Philippine Educational Theater Association

For its 44th season (2011-2012), Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) produces modern, educational and entertaining plays and events that can help students and non-students to rediscover and understand Shakespeare.

With the popularity of rap and hip-hop among teenagers at an all time high, and with Shakespeare being a master of rhythm, PETA creates an original play that uses rap to break down Shakespeare.

Ron Capinding’s “William” uses poetry, word play and lyricism to tell the story of a group of High School students in a Metro Manila school studying Shakespeare.

William’s” characters represent usual High School stereotypes: there’s Erwin, the shy boy in class; Sophia, the not so smart pretty lass; TJ, the bad boy athlete; Richard, the eager student leader; and Estela, the honor student. As much as these students are part of different cliques, all of them struggle to understand Shakespeare and his works.

Some find his poetry difficult to understand, others are simply bored with the subject and most simply don't find meaning in studying Shakespeare. Their lack of interest in the subject resulted to grabbed research and reports from the Internet, which enraged their rather passionate English teacher, Ms. Martinez.

Punished due to their “insolence to Shakespeare”, Ms. Martinez requires them to present a scene of a Shakespearean play, which allows them to rediscover how Shakespeare characters and stories are parallel to their life situations. PETA’s Artistic Director Maribel Legarda directs “William.”

“William” runs Aug 12-Sept 25, 2011 at the PETA Theater Center with shows every Fri, Sat and Sun at 10:00am and 3:00pm. 

Sonnet concert
After “William”, PETA will produce a concert where Shakespeare’s sonnets are turned into modern-day songs performed by well-loved musical artists.

King Lear
In 2012, PETA will stage a Tagalog translation of Shakespeare’s King Lear by National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera, directed by Nonon Padilla with set design by National Artist for Theater Design Salvador Bernal.

Haring Lear” runs Jan 27-March 4, 2012 at the PETA Theater Center with shows every Fri, Sat and Sun at 10:00am and 3:00pm. 

Care Divas
Aside from “William” and “Haring Lear”, PETA will have more performances of the hit musical “Care Divas” on December 2-4, 9-11, 2011.

With PETA’s line-up of performances and events, students and non-students can now rediscover Shakespeare as he gets a fresh and modern re-cut. Enjoy timeless tales of love, betrayal, friendship and trust from the master storyteller of all time - Shakespeare!

For inquiries and ticket reservations, contact 725-6244, 410-0821-22, 576-5400 or

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