PETA offers comedy of the absurd with "Romulus D' Grayt"

by Jocelyn Dimaculangan
Sep 26, 2007
The all-male cast of the Philippine Educational Theater Association will tickle your funny bone in a comedy of the absurd, Romulus D' Grayt.

For the second offering of its 40th theater season, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) stages the Tagalog version of Friedrich Dürrenmatt's Romulus the Great.

Adapted by Jerry Respeto from the English translation of Gerhard Nellhaus, Romulus D' Grayt features an all-male cast directed by PETA artistic director Maribel Legarda.

At a time when Rome needed a leader to command troops against its enemies, the emperor chooses to raise chickens instead of an army. This is the story of Romulus D' Grayt.

The play opens with Captain Ispurio Tito Mamma arriving in Rome to tell Emperor Romulus that the Teutons have won over his forces in Pavia. Also, the Emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire, Zeno, seeks assistance from Romulus because Constantinople has fallen to the Teutons. War is breaking out and the Teutons want to take over.

Taking advantage of the situation, trouser vendor Cesarup joins the circus. He offers Romulus his help to raise the Roman Empire once again from poverty—with conditions, of course. Romulus must impose on all Romans a decree to wear Cesarup's trousers, and allow his daughter, Princess Rea, to marry Cesarup. Romulus disagrees to the conditions. He would rather raise his chickens than forego his daughter's happiness.

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War continues and most of the Roman territories fall into the hands of the Teutons. One night, Romulus is surprised to find all his trustworthy men in his chambers, including his chef. An assassination plot on the Emperor is revealed, while the others convince the Emperor to reclaim from the Teutons the former lands of the Roman Empire. Will Romulus chicken out now that he faces the greatest consequence of his actions?

This PETA production features an all-male cast led by Dido dela Paz, Melvin Lee, Ian Segarra, Ku Aquino, Ronnie Bertubin, Buddy Caramat, Andrew Cruz, Vincent de Jesus, Jef Dee, Eric dela Cruz, Ariel Diccion, Nor Domingo, Jess Evardone, Ceejay Javier, Wally Labajo, Phil Noble, Rhoel Recheta, Paolo Rodriguez, Jethro Tenorio, Miguel Vasquez and Randy Villarama.

Lighting design is by Naomi Shoko Matsumoto, production design by Leo Abaya, costume design by Santi Obcena, music by Dodjie Fernandez.

Romulus D' Grayt is presented in association with the Embassy of Switzerland in Manila and Madame Charlotte Kerr-Drrenmatt. The play takes center stage at the PETA Theater Center's Tanghalang PETA-Phinma every Friday to Sunday, beginning September 14 until October 28.

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Venue: PETA-Phinma Theater, No. 5 Sunny Side Drive, New Manila, Quezon City

Performance schedules:

Sept. 28 / 10:00 am and 2:30 pm

Sept. 29 / 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm

Sept. 30 / 10:00 am and 3:00 pm

Oct. 5 / 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm

Oct. 6 / 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm

Oct. 7 / 10:00 am and 3:00 pm

Oct. 12 / 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm

Oct. 13 / 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm

Oct. 14 / 10:00 am and 3:00

Oct. 19 / 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm

Oct. 20 / 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm

Oct. 21 / 10:00 am and 3:00 pm

Oct. 26 / 2:30 pm

For inquiries and ticket reservations, call the PETA Marketing and Public Relations Office at 7256244, 4100821 to 22, 0918-9354166, 0917-8154567 or email mpr@petatheater.com or petampro@yahoo.com. Season subscriptions are also available for only PhP1,000. Performance schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

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