PETA streams production of Shakespeare rap musical 'William'

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Posted at Apr 28 2020 12:35 PM

MANILA -- The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) is streaming its production of the Shakespeare rap musical "William" for a limited time to keep theater fans entertained at home amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Ron Capinding's "William," directed by Maribel Legarda, is available on PETA's YouTube page until April 29 only. 

The award-winning play is set in a high school in Metro Manila, where five students are forced to study Shakespeare by their terror class adviser.

While studying, the students begin to see the beauty of Shakespeare's works and rediscover themselves through his characters. 

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First staged at the PETA Theater in 2011, "William" is part of the group's "Shakespeare in the time of COVID," an online series celebrating the works of the renowned poet and playwright. 

The series kicked off with "Sonnets and Songs," a reading of Shakespeare's sonnets and a reimagining into Filipino songs by Michael Williams, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Noel Cabangon, Myke Salomon and Bituin Escalante, among others.