The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) brings back Jose Rizal’s two classic novels and theater favorite, Noli at Fili Dekada Dos Mil in September.
A modern retelling of Rizal’s masterpieces written by acclaimed writer and academic, Nicanor Tiongson and directed by Soxie Topacio, “Noli at Fili Dekada Dos Mil” brilliantly captures the revolutionary philosophies of Rizal’s two greatest novels, “Noli Me Tangere” and “El Filibusterismo.”
Noli at Fili stars Liza Dino-Seguerra as Clarissa (Maria Clara) alternating the role with Kris Bernal and Lucho Ayala as Ibarra/Simoun.
Other cast members include: Marco Viana, Raul Alfonso, Jojo Atienza, Renante Bustamante, Roi Calilong, Buddy Caramat, Mikou David, Eric dela Cruz, Jess Evardone, Rhenwyn Gabalonzo, Gio Gahol, Neomi Gonzales, Joseph Madriaga, Nicole Manlulo, Gie Onida, Kitsi Pagaspas, Joanne Pamintuan, Norbs Portales, Raffy Tejada, Jack Yabut, and many others.
Not deviating too far from the text, the heroic Ibarra/Simoun, the damsel Maria Clara, the flawed Damaso and Salvi, and all the other rich characters of the canon text will still be recognized by audience members but with a contemporary twist as the story takes place in Maypajo, Quezon during one of the most devastating storms of the decade affecting the lives of almost 3,000 citizens and destroying 200 households.
A perfect reflection of Rizal’s profound ideologies during his time and the effects of today’s politics and corruption, Noli at Fili Dekada Dos Mil repackages Rizal’s obras into a modern production that relates well to audience members, particularly students, looking for a fresh perspective on their classroom lessons.