The organization’s newest production confronts the present by looking into the past.
There won’t be any dragons in it, and Jon Snow’s butt will not be making a special appearance. But don’t worry, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA)’s A Game of Trolls (AGoT) will be tackling something much more exciting than fantasy.
The musical’s main character is someone we are all familiar with, but perhaps few of us have actually come face to face with one. He’s a professional internet troll, working for an organization called Marshalls of History. He makes a living off of rewriting the history of Martial Law in the Philippines through social media. But while he spends his days posting and commenting fictitious facts, attacking those that push for the truth, his mother Tere stands a survivor of the dictatorship.
Remembrance of the truth is one of the driving factors of this musical. The play’s writer Liza Magtoto, also known for the hit Rak of Aegis, explained that the decision to use an internet troll as the main character was “to connect to this generation.” And though told through humor, the production confronts a reality that we are all facing today — the revision of one of the darkest periods in our history.
While this play is dedicated to remembering Martial Law the way it should be remembered — not as a golden age, but as a cruel and tumultuous dictatorship — it also forces the audience to question and examine what is happening in the country now.
“Ang pinakamaiaambag ng mga ka-age namin ay ang magtanong,” said actor Norbs Portales, who plays Ed Jopson. And this is perhaps what the audience can expect to leave the theater with — a need and desire to question not just the revision of Martial Law history but the current social issues our country is facing.
AGoT was created in partnership with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation, and DAKILA.
The show will run at the PETA Theater along Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City for the whole of September. Tickets may be bought at http://ticketworld.com.ph.