Friday, July 27, 2012

Joe: A Filipino Rock'sical

Photo from Ely's Planet

"Hindi pwedeng dun ka lang sa gitna, you have to make a stand!" - Jocas

The Philippine Stagers Foundation has become one of my favorite theater groups after I had watched their "Ako si Ninoy" production. Then came "Cory ng EDSA" then... I craved for more. Luckily, this year, I got a chance (again) to see another masterpiece of Atty. Vincent TaƱada!

The play "Joe" revolves around the story of an award-winning playwright (Jose "Jocas" Castillo) and his friends and their six-month journey of finishing a play about the Philippine National Hero, Jose Rizal. It covers their life as play makers, friends, lovers and Filipinos. The play also gives a glimpse of the past by showing "untold" stories about Rizal's "real" relationship with Josephine Bracken.

What I love about the play is how it shows the relationship between arts and history. I find it brave enough to admit that arts, most specifically theatre, sometimes gives us discrepancies with facts and realities. I've been wanting to see (or make) a play talking about "Arts for arts sake" and finally, thiziziiit! As a thespian, I'm fully aware that sometimes in the field of performing arts (these days), we show what the audience wants to see not what the audience wants to know. But I still want to believe that in Theatre, there will be no safe side option. Arts will always make you choose between two sides, the brave one or the extremely courageous one... or die (okay, I'll reserve this part for another post haha!). I also liked the "sacrifice" angle of the story. It's like... Theatre, history or love?... or die again? Kidding!

As expected, I had a crush on their stage design, music and choreography. They used rock music, as their title suggests but hmmm... they had a little hard time pulling that off. I still like them doing ballads and the like. Nonetheless, they were still great!

If you want to watch "Joe", PhilStagers, here's the schedule, ticket price and how to get a ticket:

July 29 Tanghalang Pasigueno (at the back of Pasig City Hall) 8am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm
August 4-5 SM North Edsa Cinema 9, 8am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm
August 7-9 Dagupan Convention Center 8am, 11am, 2pm
August 11 Teatro Marikina 8am, 11am, 2pm
August 12 SM Centerpoint Cinema 1, 8am, 11am, 2pm, 4pm
August 18-19 SM North Edsa Cinema 9 8am, 11am, 2pm
August 25-26 SM North Edsa Cinema 9 8am, 11am, 2pm

Ticket Prices: P250
How to Get Tickets: Available at the venue. Contact +63927-391-3447. 


Honestly, I want to watch it again. :D


  1. ganda po ng performance niyo kanina sa narciso ramos sports complex-lingayen,pangasinan :-) LIKE na LIKE :-)

  2. Hi Shanaine! :) Yung Philstagers pa yung nirerefer mong magaling? Yes. Their great! :) hehe. I'm a supporter like you too! :D

  3. Ganda po nung PERFORMANCE.. kaso bakit po hindi si KIERWIN yung NAKITA namin bilang BIMBO....

  4. Galingg..... :)) JOE.. ganda ni JULIA at ni JOANNE

  5. Hindi ko alam eh. Baka hindi available si Kierwin. :) I'm happy you enjoyed the show like how I did!

  6. i really love this theatre show :) gustu ko na tuloii mging theatre actres ahahaha good job guys

  7. where have you watched it, Mai Mai? :) Yeah, I loved it too. And yes! Bakit hindi ka magtheatre actress, madaming opportunities out there. I'll give you a heads up kapag may casting calls. :) Thanks for reading!