The Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (PETA) hit original Filipino musical, Care Divas by Vincent De Jesus and Liza Magtoto, is streaming for the first time from 27 to 29 November and 4 to 6 December.
The show, along with two other musicals, six new works and a PETA documentary, will be available on limited pay-per-view on www.ktx.ph.
Care Divas is a hilarious. heartwarming, gut-wrenching and bittersweet story about five gay overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Israel who are caregivers in the morning and transform into glamorous drag queens at night.
First staged in 2011, the musical dominated the Philstage Gawad Buhay! Awards that year, bagging seven trophies including Outstanding Ensemble Performance, Outstanding Musical Production, Outstanding Stage Direction (Maribel Legarda), Outstanding Original Libretto (De Jesus and Magtoto), and Outstanding Musical Direction (De Jesus).
The cast for the production to be streamed includes the original Divas: Melvin Lee (Chelsea), Vincent de Jesus (Shai), Ricci Chan (Kayla), Dudz Teraña (Thalia) and Buddy Caramat (Jonee).
“Care Divas is not a story of epic proportions,” says director Legarda.
“It is a story of migration and how the dark, dirty, and dangerous work that will be encountered by majority of OFWs can, in the hands of loving people, be turned into a life filled with camaraderie, adventure and passion for life.”
Aside from Care Divas, the online streaming program features a collection of musicals, 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 about the Philippine revolution, written by the late Charley dela Paz and with music by Lucien Letaba.
Alongside the streaming of these plays, PETA also presents six new works: Maskian (The Masks of Asian), written and choreographed by Carlon Matobato; WFH, written by Michelle Ngu and directed by Meann Espinosa; Finding Z, written by Jean Gladys Vicente and directed by Ian Segarra and Julio Garcia; Harinawa, written by Michelle Ngu and directed by Lotlot Bustamante; 2nd Set: 2 Meters Apart, directed by Norbs Portales with musical direction by Ada Tayao; and Hello, which features artists from PETA and Kyoto, Japan, directed by Ian Segarra and Keiko Yamaguchi.
PETA also launches Living Voices, a documentary about PETA’s work as one of the Philippine’s groundbreaking theater companies, woven together by narratives of PETA artists who witnessed the company’s trials and triumphs in the last 50 years.
These new explorations are PETA’s response to the changing times, productions that echo the stories of Filipinos today.
“We would really love and need the energy that the audiences bring to us, because of course, we miss that,” says Legarda about migrating theater to the virtual stage, “That’s the gaping hole that will never be filled.
But given this condition, we’re more than willing to accept this challenge—explore and create new ideas and new stories, and at the same time, introduce who we are as artists.”
Tickets for are now available via www.ktx.ph.