After celebrating its golden anniversary and the milestone of receiving a Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2017, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) pushes on to its 53rd digital season amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting with the online screening of Care Divas which first made its debut on stage in 2017. The hit comedy musical will be screening online as part of PETA's digital festival—K.E.-POP.
Care Divas is a disarmingly funny and candid musical drama about five transgender Overseas Filipino Workers in Israel who work as care givers in the morning and transform into glamorous drag queen performers at night. While desperate to make ends meet, they also struggle to search for acceptance in a foreign land. Created by Vincent De Jesus and Liza Magtoto.
The production is directed by Maribel Legarda and it won 7 awards at the 2011 Philstage Gawad Buhay. This includes Outstanding Stage Direction, Outstanding Musical Direction, Outstanding Musical Production, and Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical. Along with Care Divas, PETA is also streaming the voter’s education musical, Vincent De Jesus’ Si Tamad, Ang Diyablo, at Ang Limang Milyong Boto, and, for the first time on screen, the historical and landmark musical, 1896 – PETA’s first and only sung-through musical, which tells the story about the Philippine revolution, written by the late Charley Dela Paz and with music by Lucien Letaba.
Care Divas is part of PETA’s digital festival called K.E.-POP: Kalinangan Ensemble-Performers Overcoming a Pandemic. The hit musical starts streaming via KTX this November 22 and will be available until December 7. Tickets are at P220. Tickets for the two other shows and the rest of the K.E.-POP lineup are now available via www.ktx.ph.