PETA’s ‘CARE DIVAS,’ ‘1896’ AND OTHER PLAYS ARE GOING ONLINE PUSHING STORYTELLING BOUNDARIES AMID THE PANDEMIC
The stalwarts of theater and the many creatives behind it have responded creatively to the COVID-19 pandemic by turning to online. PETA launches its first-ever ticketed streaming KE-Pop: Kalinangan Ensemble Performers Overcoming a Pandemic on November 23 to December 10.
Theater as an art form has survived pandemics and with the stage affected by the coronavirus, theater companies go digital to adapt. Streamed versions of pre-recorded theatrical productions have enjoyed great popularity for the past few months. Musical hits like “Ang Huling El Bimbo”, the current explosion of digital theater is merely a way of holding space before we can return to “real” theater.
PETA launches its first-ever ticketed streaming KE-Pop: Kalinangan Ensemble Performers Overcoming a Pandemic on November 23 to December 10. Short and full-length plays ranging from classics to contemporary productions will be streamed. “This is a tribute to the artists — their capacity to be creative and resilient.” PETA Artistic Director Maribel Legarda noted. This ticketed event hopes to sustain PETA artists and its subsidiaries.
“That’s a gaping hole, an energy from the live theater that will never be filled by watching from a screen, but Peta is accepting this challenge,” Legarda said. As a live art form, the theater industry has been hit hard by the pandemic, and through Ke-Pop, PETA has dedicated these efforts to all artists who are migrating their works to the digital format.
WE ARE STREAMING OUR SHOWS AND YOU CAN NOW WATCH THEM FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME!! K.E.-POP features a collection of short and full-length plays on the virtual stage. This will include fresh and exciting new works that will focus on the vast theme of humanity and human rights, plus a collection of past theater performances, beloved classics, adaptations and musical hits like CARE DIVAS! Tickets now available via KTX.ph!! #PETAtheater #showstreaming
Posted by Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) on Sunday, October 11, 2020
Here are other shows streaming during K.E.-POP:
STREAMING SOON via KTX.ph – The 2011 Philstage Gawad Buhay! Winner of Outstanding Stage Direction, Outstanding Musical Direction, Outstanding Musical Production and Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical – PETA’s hit original musical about gay Filipino caregivers in Israel, CAREDIVAS!!! Grab your tickets now >> https://www.ktx.ph/category/caredivas
Posted by Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) on Sunday, October 18, 2020
The hit comedy musical will be screened online as part of PETA’s digital festival. It’s a funny and candid musical drama centering on five transgender OFWs in Israel who work as caregivers by day and glamorous drag queen performers at night. As they try to make a living, these women also struggle to find acceptance in a foreign land.
This Palanca Award-winning musical is known for being PETA’s first and only sung-through production. Written by the late Charley Dela Paz, 1896 tells a story about the Philippine revolution, centering on Emilio Jacinto, Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Aguinaldo, and Dr. Jose Rizal.
Si Tamad, Ang Diyablo, at Ang Limang Milyong Boto
This vaudeville musical play centers on Juan Tamad (JT), a young and apathetic first-time voter. When his candidate loses, he becomes apathetic and cynical, until a series of events change him into someone proactive. This is directed by Phil Noble.
If anything, this increases theater’s accessibility. With theatres thinking about a return to physical spaces, it is worth considering how the “digital turn” will impact future live shows. Renegotiated and re-imagined ideas of access, community and interactivity, borne out of necessity, are an opportunity to rethink theatre. These should not be ignored when the return to public spaces happens: rather, they should inform theater’s future.