Wednesday, January 23, 2013

PETA's "D Wonder Twins of Boac" | February 1-March 3, 2013

The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) closes its 45th theater season with another musical, D Wonder Twins of Boac. It is a modern adaptation of William Shakespeare's comedy of errors, Twelfth Night

D Wonder Twins of Boac mixes 60’s fashion and music under the setting of the late 60's Philippine film industry--during a transition after the golden years of local cinema. The musical will be shown at the PETA Theater Center from February 1 to March 3, 2013.

In line with PETA's 45th season theme: No Screen Bigger Than Theater, the play gives a rare insight into the world of film and interrogates how films have evolved and shaped our culture.


The story begins in the hometown of the wonder twins, Bastian (Chrome Cosio) and Viola (Cris Villonco), in Boac, Marinduque where the twins are known for singing and dancing in talent contests, carnivals and town fiestas. The twins dream of making it big in showbiz, so they pack up and head to Manila where the big film studios are in search for the next stars. But the hapless siblings are shipwrecked and Viola loses contact with her brother and believes him to be dead.

Viola resorts to begging in the streets of Malate and decides to audition under a male disguise to Campanilla Pictures, a big-time studio owned by Doc Orsino (Bodjie Pascua / Lex Marcos).

Viola later on becomes an intermediary to Doc Orsino’s love-proposals to Olivia Nepomuceno (Shamaine Buencamino), the last living owner of BLV Studios in the hope of striking a wedding and a merger of the two biggest film studios of the era.

At the climax of this romping comedy of errors, Viola gets tangled in a web of love interests brought about by her disguise.  

This modern adaptation is written by notable playwright and theater actor Rody Vera and directed by PETA Artistic Director Maribel Legarda who won in the recent PHILSTAGE Gawad Buhay! Awards for directing William, PETA's rap-musical that reintroduces Shakespeare to the youth through rap and hip-hop.

With this play, Legarda once again helps Filipino audiences fall in love with Shakespeare whose plots cross the boundaries of time and space. Audiences can expect another enjoyable production from Legarda, who also directed the hit comedy musical Care Divas.


Cris Villonco (Viola) and Chrome Cosio (Bastian)

Gino Ramirez and Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino

The cast also includes Lex Marcos, Gino Ramirez, Phillip Lazaro, Paolo Rodriguez, Carlon Matobato, Riki Benedicto, Gie Onida, Eric dela Cruz, Roi Calilong, Kiki Baento, Kat Castillo, Tricia Huseña and Divine Aucina.

The play’s music is composed by Jeff Hernandez, choreography by Carlon Matobato, costumes by John Abul, set design by Lex Marcos and lighting design by Jon Jon Villareal.

D Wonder Twins of Boac will have 30 shows from February 1 to March 3, 2013 at the PETA Theater Center. Ticket prices are Php800 (VIP) and Php600 (regular).

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