Matakot Ka Sa…, a one-act play on the Philippine political landscape through the lenses of Filipino mythical creatures, will be available on view this month in-person and online.
The one hour and 20 minutes show, transports the audience into the iconic Puno ng Balete in Baler, Aurora, where a Tikbalang, Nuno sa Punso, and Numputul gather in an unusual supernatural support group.
In this safe space, the three mystical beings find themselves in a confession of their deepest fears and struggles which reflect human lives. They likewise unravel the main reasons for their recent silence as they discover the evil that goes beyond their own strength.
A metaphor for the Philippine political climate, it invites the spectators to distinguish good from evil. It presents how the generational gap affects one’s morals and beliefs in the contemporary world.
The production also sheds light on the persisting issue of red-tagging and tackles how power play shapes the way people perceive and uphold justice.
Matakot Ka Sa… is written by young artists Virginia Reign Juego, Charlyn Ann De Leon, and Camille Sicam. It is directed by Virgin Labfest Writing Fellow Mikaella Yoj Sanchez.
The show was created by by:THEATER, a production house founded by the students from the Theater Arts and Production Design Programs of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.
The play is open to the public. It will be staged live today and on December 13, 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the 6/F Blackbox Theater of Benilde Design and Arts Campus.
The pre-recorded performances will be available online from December 14 to December 21 via Ticket2Me.
Tickets are available for P350 at https://forms.gle/b19VHhy5qzgdanyk9 for the live stage and P250 at https://ticket2me.net/e/36064 for the online show.