After being established in 1967 by Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) was meant to be a vehicle for local theater to play a role in the development of the country's people and society. To celebrate the company’s 55th anniversary this year, PETA will stream Liza Magtoto’s martial law musical for millennials, A Game of Trolls, to be directed by Maribel Legarda, with lyrics, composition, arrangement and musical direction by Vincent de Jesus via ktx.ph on April 8, 22, and 23.
A Game Of Trolls is the story of Heck, a paid troll who works for Bimbam, the manager of a “troll center” that runs an online pro-martial law campaign. Because of his reckless actions, ghosts of Martial Law victims start to haunt him and these eerie encounters force him to reflect on his own beliefs and his relationship with his mother who was also an activist from that time. The PETA musical had its first run in 2017 and was first streamed in 2020.
“PETA remains steadfast in our mission to use the arts to reflect people’s stories and examine the past and present. Now even more, is a critical time to use theater as a vehicle for introspection and truth-telling, to use theater as a beacon of truth!” PETA Executive Director Beng Cabangon said.
“In our 50-year history, we have always stood for democracy. Every election is an opportunity to remind every Filipino of each one’s power to choose the leaders who will chart the path of our future,” she added.
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The Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (PETA) upcoming 55th anniversary also coincides with an important event in society: the upcoming national elections and the group hopes that a streaming of A Game of Trolls can help combat disinformation and historical revisionism. Through this effort, PETA hopes to reach 8,000 youth who comprise the 56% of the 67 million registered voters who are expected to troop to the polling stations.
PETA President CB Garrucho expressed the urgency to stream A Game of Trolls.
“We would like to make a solid contribution to combat the flood of disinformation and historical revisionism. We want to tell a powerful and engaging story about the abuses of the Marcos years. As artists, we owe it to the next generation to tell these narratives so that the lessons learned are ingrained in their hearts and so that all Filipinos, especially the young. Support PETA’s emerald year as the company solidifies its mission to keep the torch of conscience alive as Filipinos aim to rise to the challenge of evolving, changing, and expanding during these transformative times.”
Watch A Game of Trolls from April 8, 22, and 23 on www.ktx.ph with tickets at Php150 for video on demand viewing. For ticket and bulk inquiries, contact Mitch Go at 0917-539-1112.