In response to advisories by the authorities concerning heightened levels of alert on public health on the growing, unprecedented risks of the spread of COVID-19, a number of stage productions and performances have issued indefinite postponements scheduled this month.
Here are some announcements from our partners and from productions we would have also loved to see but unfortunately had to halt:
PETA Theater Center’s Under My Skin
Rody Vera’s Under My Skin is an advocacy play that sheds an informed light on HIV and AIDS in a community that surprisingly still tiptoe and throw prejudice on the subject matter until now. The production has begun its run since February and was originally set to run until March 22, headlined by TV, film and theater artists Cherry Pie Picache, Roselyn Perez, Miguel Almendras, Mike Liwag, Anthony Falcon, and Dylan Talon, along with a roster of PETA artists Eko Baquial, Gio Gahol, Gold Villar-Lim, She Maala, Mico Esquivel, Bene Manaois, Lotlot Bustamante, Kitsi Pagaspas, Ekis Gimenez, Erold Enriquez, Jarred Jaicten, Joseph Madriaga, Jason Barcial, Dudz Teraña, Rachelle Gimpes, Reggie Ondevilla, Roy Dahildahil, and Csai Habla.
Atlantis Theatrical’s The Band Visit
Based on the 2007 Israeli film of the same name, The Band’s Visit follows an Egyptian police band that goes to Israel to play a concert and instead winds up in a remote village in the middle of the desert. Directed by Bobby Garcia, the production will be led by returning actors Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo and Mark Bautista, while playwright and singer Rody Vera makes his Atlantis debut. Rounding out the cast are Nino Alejandro, Reb Atadero, Steven Conde, Maronne Cruz, Rhenwyn Gabalonzo, Jep Go, Leanne Mamonong, Jill Peña, Bibo Reyes, Dean Rosen, and Floyd Tena. The production was originally scheduled to run from March 13 to 29, 2020.
The Sandbox Collective and 9 Works Theatrical’s Sandbox Fest 2020
The Sandbox Collective kicks off its sixth year and season with a festival that showcases the groundbreaking work of award-winning English playwright and director Duncan Macmillan. SANDBOX FEST 2020 has already begun its run with Kakki Teodoro and Teresa Herrera in a production focused on creating a dialogue on mental health, Every Brilliant Thing, while Lungs, featuring mainstream actor Jake Cuenca and musical theater actress Sab Jose, set to run until March 29, 2020.
Black Box Productions’ Staging of Lualhati Bautista’s Dekada ’70
The musical rendition of the acclaimed piece of historical fiction, Dekada ’70 was a well-received theater success. The show, which was intended for a February 21 to March 8 run, was originally extended for a final weekend on March 12-14. The story is based on Lualhati Bautista’s award-winning classic, following the plight of Filipino family during the dark era of Martial Law, led by its protagonist, Amanda Bartolome, played by the sublime Stella Cañete-Mendoza. The cast also include Juliene Mendoza, Jon Abella, Vincent Pajara, Esteban Fulay Jr., Boo Gabunada, Iggi Siasoco, Abe Autea, Juan Miguel Severo, Paw Castillo, Matel Patayon, Gel Basa, Justine Peña, Victoria Mina, Phi Palmos, Tope Kliatchko, Rona Raissa Angeles, Sabrina Basilio, Tristan Bite, Jerome Dawis, Ian Hermogenes, Vino Mabalot, Eizel Marcelo, Shaun Ocrisma, Jermaine Choa Peck, Joshua Tayco, Khalil Tambio, and Ashe Uy.
Rakista Radio and Red Horse Muziklaban’s Rakrakan Festival
The biggest, loudest, and boldest music and arts festival of the country RAKRAKAN FESTIVAL, celebrating Peace, Love & Music was initially designed to start the year with a huge line up of musicians with a larger-than-life production, featuring 120 OPM artists and 6 main stages. The festival was originally set for February 29, 2020 with back-to-back performances from OPM’s finest. In an announcement, the festival was set to reschedule the production in April 25, 2020, still at the CCP Open Grounds.
GMG Productions’ Staging of RSC Production’s Matilda
After its Manila staging in 2017 by Atlantis Theatrical, Matilda was originally set to return to the stage, through GMG Productions. Matilda is based on the 1988 children’s novel of the same name penned by Roald Dahl, following a little girl with incredible wit, intelligence, with psychokinetic abilities. The show opened on March 5, 2020, and was originally extended until March 22, 2020.
Teatro Kapamilya’s Tabing Ilog: The Musical
After a few teasers released at the onset of the year, fans of original culture-shaping ’90s youth-oriented show, Tabing Ilog: The Musical reimagines the classic into a stage production, complete with song and dance, featuring original characters that have become well-loved by viewers. The show has already opened since March 7 and was originally set for a run until April 26, 2020.
Ovation Productions’ Alanis Morissette 2020 World Tour
In celebration of 25 Years of Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morisette piqued the interest and excitement of global fans for a world tour that originally was set to take a stop in Manila on April 6 and 7, 2020. Indefinite halt too the highly-anticipated performance was recently announced, in response to the government’s enhanced community quarantine.
Continue reading Rank Magazine’s stories and official social media pages of companies linked in the embedded announcements for updates and announcements of new schedules of the above-mentioned shows.