Following the raging success of hit rock-comedy musical, Rak of Aegis, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) shows no sign of slowing down as they bring back another theater favorite and classic, Noli at Fili Dekada Dos Mil in September at the PETA Theater Center.
A modern retelling of Jose Rizal’s masterpieces written by acclaimed writer and academic, Nicanor Tiongson, Noli at Fili Dekada Dos Mil brilliantly captures the revolutionary philosophies of Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. Together with the visual prowess of theater stalwart, So-xie Topacio, audience members are pro-mised a powerful and moving theater piece.
With over 50 performances all over the nation and several nods from critics during its first run in 2008, Noli at Fili Dekada Dos Mil was truly a striking tribute to Rizal’s exceptional narratives. Almost seven years after its first performance, the production’s message remains to be as powerful if not stronger.
Tiongson expressed that he does not wish to encompass Rizal’s obra maestras but instead believes the production to be a way to explore and showcase the prevailing message and influence of Rizal’s novels in present day Philippine society.
Making use of the 2004 Infanta landslide as an inspiration for his setting, Tiongson traversed to the Quezon province in order to gain a clearer perspective of his narrative. Extensive research on Rizal’s novels coupled with an immersion in the province was what gave Tiongson the push to write and mold the characters and story of Noli at Fili Dekada Dos Mil.
Not deviating too far from the text, the heroic Ibarra/Simoun, the damsel Maria Clara, the flawed Damaso and Salvi, and all the other rich characters of the canon text will still be recognized by audience members but with a contemporary twist as the story takes place in Maypajo, Quezon during one of the most devastating storms of the decade affecting the lives of almost 3,000 citizens and destroying 200 households.
This run welcomes a mix of fresh-faced actors and veteran thespians. Lucho Ayala, a budding actor known for his acting stints in various GMA shows. His love interest, Clarissa (Maria Clara), will be played by two experienced performers, Kris Bernal, recognized for her acting roles in major GMA productions, and Liza Dino-Seguerra, a skilled artist who has experience not only in theater acting but also in film and TV.
Other cast members include: Jojo Atienza, Renante Bustamante, Roi Calilong, Buddy Caramat, Mikou David, Eric dela Cruz, Rhenwyn Gabalonzo, Gio Gahol, Neomi Gonzales, Joseph Madriaga, Nicole Manlulo, Kitsi Pagaspas, Joanne Pamintuan, Norbs Portales, Bembol Roco, Raffy Tejada, Jack Yabut, and many others.
Noli at Fili Dekada Dos Mil will reopen at the PETA Theater Center on the weekend of September 10 until September 13; moving to a bigger venue at the Springs Production Studios on New Manila for the coming shows (September 18 to September 27). The run will end with a Rizal themed festival entitled, “Sa Aking Mga Kabata: An arts festival on the life and works of Rizal” from September 25 to 27.
For more information, visit www.petatheater.com or call PETA at 725-6244. For tickets, visit www.ticketworld.com.ph.