For the second offering of its 40th theater season, thePhilippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) stages the Tagalogversion of Friedrich Dürrenmatt's Romulus the Great.
Adapted by Jerry Respeto from the English translation ofGerhard Nellhaus, Romulus D' Grayt features an all-male cast directed byPETA artistic director Maribel Legarda.
At a time when Rome needed a leader to command troopsagainst 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 inRome to tell Emperor Romulus that the Teutons have won over his forces inPavia. 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 thesituation, trouser vendor Cesarup joins the circus. He offers Romulus his helpto 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, andallow his daughter, Princess Rea, to marry Cesarup. Romulus disagrees to theconditions. He would rather raise his chickens than forego his daughter'shappiness.
War continues and most of theRoman territories fall into the hands of the Teutons. One night, Romulus issurprised to find all his trustworthy men in his chambers, including hischef. An assassination plot on the Emperor is revealed, while the othersconvince the Emperor to reclaim from the Teutons the former lands of the RomanEmpire. Will Romulus chicken out now that he faces the greatestconsequence of his actions?
This PETA production features anall-male cast led by Dido dela Paz, Melvin Lee, Ian Segarra, Ku Aquino, RonnieBertubin, Buddy Caramat, Andrew Cruz, Vincent de Jesus, Jef Dee, Eric delaCruz, Ariel Diccion, Nor Domingo, Jess Evardone, Ceejay Javier, Wally Labajo,Phil Noble, Rhoel Recheta, Paolo Rodriguez, Jethro Tenorio, Miguel Vasquez andRandy Villarama.
Lighting design is by NaomiShoko Matsumoto, production design by Leo Abaya, costume design by SantiObcena, music by Dodjie Fernandez.
Romulus D' Grayt is presented in association with the Embassy of Switzerland inManila and Madame Charlotte Kerr-Drrenmatt. The play takes center stage at thePETA Theater Center's Tanghalang PETA-Phinma every Friday to Sunday, beginningSeptember 14 until October 28.
Venue: PETA-Phinma Theater, No.5 Sunny Side Drive, New Manila, Quezon City
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 ticketreservations, call the PETA Marketing and Public Relations Office at 7256244,4100821 to 22, 0918-9354166, 0917-8154567 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Season subscriptionsare also available for only PhP1,000. Performance schedules are subject tochange without prior notice.