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CARE DIVAS is back!

For inquiries and reservations, please contact:
0917-840-0943 • 0917-795-3398
0915-127-5931 • 0977-386-1781
caredivas@loveyourself.ph

AREA — TICKET PRICE
VIP (Elevated seats) — 1,800.00
Orchestra Center — 1,500.00
Orchestra Sides — 1,200.00
Balcony Center — 1,500.00
Balcony Sides — 800.00

“Care Divas” is a disarmingly funny and candid musical drama about five transgender women, all overseas Filipino workers in Israel, who work as care givers in the morning and transform into glamorous drag queen performers come night fall. While desperate to make ends meet in another country, they also struggle to search for freedom and acceptance in a foreign land.

The play’s theatrical and wickedly funny text, written by award-winning playwright, Liza Magtoto cradles lovely, gentle moments that mull over the lives of the main characters: the kind and loving Chelsea, the often-sarcastic group leader Shai, the ditsy Thalia, the bubbly Kayla and the ill-tempered Jonee.

Through the telling of the individual characters’ stories, as well as their narrative as a group, the audience learns about the humanity of transgender women, their hopes and dreams, their weaknesses and strengths, their struggles and victories. Through “Care Divas” it is hoped that we are able to advocate acceptance and support of LGBTs, by non-LGBTs, by those from within the community, and most especially that acceptance and self-respect that can only come from the self.

“Care Divas” gathered six major awards in the 2011 PHILSTAGE Gawad Buhay awards: Outstanding Musical Production

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical
Outstanding Original Libretto
Outstanding Musical Direction
Outstanding Choreography
Outstanding Male Lead Performance in a Musical

LoveYourself will be staging the musical play both as an educational intervention and a fundraising charity show on February 5, 2017 at 3:00 PM, PETA Theater in Quezon City. 100% of the profits will support LoveYourself’s HIV education, testing and treatment services, all given for free.

For inquiries and reservations, please contact:
0917-840-0943 • 0917-795-3398
0915-127-5931 • 0977-386-1781
caredivas@loveyourself.ph

AREA — TICKET PRICE
VIP (Elevated seats) — 1,800.00
Orchestra Center — 1,500.00
Orchestra Sides — 1,200.00
Balcony Center — 1,500.00
Balcony Sides — 800.00

bentlihisjpg“Lihis” is Emmanuel Canteras’ translation of Martin Sherman’s “Bent,” about young gay men in 1930s Berlin and their struggles to keep sane in a concentration camp under the watchful eye of the Nazis.

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I’ve seen these two plays. Migs the Manila Gay Guy says: “huwag palalampasin!” (Pinaiyak ako nung “Bent/Lihis”!)

sipat-lawinThe De La Salle College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts (Arts Management Program, Workshop in Performing Arts and Project Management) presents the Philippine High School for the Arts’ Sipat Lawin Ensemble in “Bent to Heat You Up and Cool You Down,” on March 20, 7 p.m., at the Black Box Theater, SDA BUILDING, DLS-CSB, Pablo Ocampo St. (formerly Vito Cruz), Manila.

The twinbill production features “Lihis,” Emmanuel Canteras’ Filipino translation of Martin Sherman’s “Bent,” and David Finnigan’s “To Heat You Up and Cool You Down,” performed by alumni of PHSA’s Dulaang Sipat Lawin: Acey Aguilar, JK Anicoche, Nar Cabico, Abner Delina, Santi Obcena, Alvin Obillo, Lovely Balili, Sheenly Vee Gener, Isabelle Martinez, Meila Romero, Ness Roque, Nina Rumbines, Alison Segarra, Kristine Balmes and Sofia CP Gonzales.

“Bent/Lihis” takes place in 1934 Berlin. In accordance with Hitler’s nationwide campaign to eliminate all homosexuals, Maximillian Berger and Rudolf Hennings are sent to a concentration camp. Along the way, Rudy is brutally killed. Max encounters Horst, a fellow homosexual, in a prisoner train. They fall in love but are forced to resort to extreme measures to ensure their own survival as the Nazis attempt to drive them insane.

In “To Heat You Up and Cool You Down,” two women working in a bar see their thoughts come to life–memory, lust, imagination, desire–as they become closer to each other. While one struggles with letting go or falling in love again and going through the same cycle of pain, the other considers giving love a chance, even if the relationship is with the same gender.

Tickets at P150. For ticket inquiries and reservations, call JV 0906-4609386 for DLS-CSB students (ORDEV A and B), or Abs (0926-4234208) for non-DLS-CSB students.

PLUS: Photos by Teresa Barrozo, when this twinbill production was staged in an alternative space in Sampaloc, Manila.