One of my goals for the new year is to view more local theater productions, and the latest musical from the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) looks like a good show to start off 2011. Called Caredivas, this comedy-drama features five transvestite overseas workers located at Israel in the time of the Intifada (Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation). They care for elderly Jews and spend all day, washing, feeding, and entertaining their employers. Come the evening, however, they slip on sky-high heels and apply makeup to perform as glamorous divas in a Tel-Aviv club. The day after, they go back to playing the role of caregiver to the aged Jews who depend on them for food and human connection.
The creative team behind Care Divas are acclaimed writer Liza Magtoto, multi-awarded composer Vincent De Jesus, prolific director Maribel Legarda, costume designer John Abul, events and theater lighting designer Jon Jon Villareal, visual artist and award-winning set designer Leo Abaya and contemporary dancer and choreographer Carlon Matobato.
The cast includes some of the biggest and brightest theater and television actors today: Melvin Lee, Vincent De Jesus, Ricci Chan, Jerald Napoles, Phil Noble, Buddy Caramat, Dudz TeraÃ±a, Jason Barcial, Cecilia Garrucho, Paul Holme, Myke Solomon, Angeli Bayani, Eric Dela Cruz and Dom Miclat-Jansen.
Care Divas is showing at the PETA Theater Center every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. from February 4 – March 13, 2011. For inquiries and ticket reservations, contact PETA Marketing and Public Relations Office at (63.2) 725.6244, (63.2) 410.0821 or (63917) 564.4233, [email protected]
The PETA Theater Center is located at No 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, QC.