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MANILA - After 25 successful shows, Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (PETA) production of “Bona” has extended its run by one week and will now continue through September 30 at The PETA Theater Center.
From the 1980’s Lino Brocka film starring Nora Aunor as the naïve, schoolgirl Bona and Philip Salvador as Gardo, the movie extra whom Bona worshipped out of fan obsession, PETA’s production presents a similar story with characters in the modern setting. Portraying the title role, Eugene Domingo plays a spinster call center agent who becomes obsessed with a star-search wannabe actor essayed by Edgar Allan Guzman.
“We all shared our experiences and we gave our input on how we think the story of Bona should be during this time. It should be a reflection of our time but we retained the vision of Direk Lino Brocka. But in the same manner, the audience must be able to identify with the story because of the contemporary setting,” shares lead actress Domingo.
By bridging film, theater, and television, Bona aims to gather more supporters for the theater industry. Domingo also urges movie and TV audiences to also patronize the theater, “I encourage them to please experience theater.”
Bona is directed by Soxie Topacio, written by Layeta Bucoy with additional scenes by Phil Noble. Last five shows slated this Friday 8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at The PETA Theater Center in Quezon City. For tickets, 725-6244, 0917-5765400; www.petatheater.com or www.ticketworld.com.ph.