PETA's Hit Musical About "Fake News" and Trolls Returns Online

It's important now, more than ever, to fight misinformation.

(SPOT.ph) With less than two months before the national elections, the Internet and social media are now being used to spread misinformation and disinformation. Memes decontextualize quotes, photographs are edited to mislead the public, and history is being manipulated by disregarding verified facts. In an effort to raise awareness and shed light on the importance of critical thinking, Philippine Educational Theater Association brings back the hit musical A Game of Trolls. It's streaming via video-on-demand on KTX.ph on April 8, 22, and 23.

Also read: Theater Review (2017): A Game of Trolls Is a Martial Law Musical for Millennials

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"Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) remains steadfast in our mission to use the arts to reflect people’s stories and examine the past and present. Now, even more, is a critical time to use theater as a vehicle for introspection and truth-telling, to use theater as a beacon of truth. In our 50-year history, we have always stood for democracy. Every election is an opportunity to remind every Filipino of each one’s power to choose the leaders who will chart the path of our future," PETA Executive Director Beng Cabangon said in a statement. PETA is also celebrating its 55th anniversary this year.

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A Game of Trolls is written by Liza Magtoto and directed by Maribel Legarda, the same tandem that produced Rak of Aegis. It follows Hector, a keyboard warrior and manager of a "call center" that runs a pro-Martial Law campaign through the Internet. Because he doesn't have his own stand on the issue, it's easy for him to heckle anyone who says the opposite of what he's posting online. He later encounters the ghosts of Martial Law victims—including his mother’s, forcing him to reflect on what he believes in. This production was first staged in September 2017.

"We would like to make a solid contribution to combat the flood of disinformation and historical revisionism. We want to tell a powerful and engaging story about the abuses of the Marcos years. As artists, we owe it to the next generation to tell these narratives so that the lessons learned are ingrained in their hearts and so that all Filipinos, especially the young, will join the chorus: NEVER AGAIN," added PETA President CB Garrucho.

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A Game of Trolls is available through KTX.ph on April 8, 22, and 23. Ticket-holders has access to the special streaming for 24 hours starting at 10 a.m. Tickets, which are available on KTX.ph, are at P150.

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