The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) restages Severino Reyes’ Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang this September, reminding us all of the power of telling our own stories with a gentle hand and compassionate voice, the way only our grandparents could.
Adapted by renowned playwright Christine Bellen, each of the three classic tales for this staging feature heroes and heroines who embark on courageous journeys that remind our children of the value of adventure and independence, but also of the truth that friends and community make every challenge surmountable.
Ang Prinsipeng Mahaba ang Ilong features a young prince who embarks on a journey to discover the truth about his unique appearance. Ang Binibining Tumalo sa Mahal na Datu introduces Sharay, a servant’s daughter from Tondo who was put to a test by the King. Finally, Ang Prinsipeng Duwag tells the story of a prince who is ridiculed for his refusal to fight wars.
Directed by Phil Noble, these stories are imbued with a youthful energy and vibe, one that is critical to the task of translating these old tales and making them interesting and new for today’s audiences. Drawing inspiration from his own childhood and love for the circus, this restaging just might engage a new generation in local children’s theater with original Filipino content.
PETA’s limited run of Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang will be on September 27 to 29, at the Star Theater, CCP Complex in Manila. Tickets are available via TicketWorld.