PETA presents Asian version of "TOSCA," August 29-30

by Leloi Arcete
Aug 27, 2008
The Philippine Educational Theater Association, Black Tent Theater of Japan, and Nottle Theater of Korea give an Asian interpretation of Giacomo Puccini's opera titled TOSCA. Watch the performances to be shown at the PETA-Theater Center on August 29 and 30, with shows at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm.


In collaboration with Black Tent Theater of Japan (BTT) and Nottle Theater of Korea (NT), the Philippine Educational Theater Association is staging an adaptation of Giacomo Puccini's TOSCA.

Directed by Soxie Topacio of PETA and Kiritani Natsuko of BTT, this adaptation focuses on the issues of war, gender, art, politics, life, and death while exhibiting elements that are true to the Asian culture, history and heritage.

Foreign actors Lee, Ji-Hyun (Nottle), Hiraiwa Sawako (BTT), Kiritani Natsuko (BTT), and Motoki Sachiyo (BTT) are tapped to play Tosca. Joining them are Hattori Yoshitsugu as Mario and Aikawa Toshiyuki as Scarpia. From PETA, Bernah Bernardo portrays Tosca, Wil Casero plays Angelotti, Nor Domingo plays Mario, and Raffy Tejada is Scarpia. Kota Kadoaki of BTT is also cast as a soldier.

Tosca runs from August 29-30, 2008 every 2:30 and 7:30 pm at the PETA-Phinma Theater, PETA Theater Center. Tickets are priced at P200 for regular walk-in buyers and P150 for students.

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SYNOPSIS. Tosca is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini based on Victorien Sardou's drama, La Tosca. Considered as one of the most dramatic of operas and a staple of the standard operatic repertoire, Tosca appears as one of the most-performed operas in North America as a strong dramatic work that combines lush melodies and a gripping plot with the color, pageantry and power of the nineteenth century Roman Catholic church.

This year, the Philippine Educational Theater Association together with Black Tent Theater of Japan and Nottle Theater of Korea will be creating an Asian Tosca. Reworked to firmly place the Victorian drama into an adapted Asian narrative, this version of Tosca exhibits elements that are true to the Asian culture, history and heritage.

Narrating visions of passion, jealousy, betrayal and revenge and reconfiguring today's situation with the proposal to the future, Asian Tosca aims to exceed the limit of a usual one-off project while touching issues about art, politics, life, death, war and gender.

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Tosca is showing at the PETA-Phinma Theater at the PETA-Theater Center on August 29 and 30, with shows at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm. For inquiries and ticket reservation, please call 4100821/7256244 or email petampro@yahoo.com.

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The Philippine Educational Theater Association, Black Tent Theater of Japan, and Nottle Theater of Korea give an Asian interpretation of Giacomo Puccini's opera titled TOSCA. Watch the performances to be shown at the PETA-Theater Center on August 29 and 30, with shows at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm.
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