November 1, 2014

PETA's HARING LEAR rakes lauds from international critics

Filipino-produced play Haring Lear by PETA (Philippine Educational Theater Association) garners incredible reviews from international audience during its run at the Kuandu Arts Festival held at the Taipei National University of the Arts on October 10-12. An exposition of performing arts and installations from around the world.
“Lear is a play for the ages. It is a play for a thousand years, or any greater number that you can imagine.” these are words from the artistic director of Mabou Mines, New York, Terry O’Reilly. “Theater is ephemeral but so is life and these performances become emotionally indelible; by turns terrifying and hot welded to our humanity.” He continues. He highlights the performances of Juliene Mendoza (as Kent), Myke Salomon (as Egar), and Jay Gonzaga (as Edmund), likening their portrayals to ‘a knife cutting through the thick fabric of society’.

Randy Finch, Hollywood producer and associate professor of TNUA, shares the same sentiments as O’Reilly’s saying that, “[Haring Lear] An exhilarating production. Sentiment and compromise have been scoured away in this unforgettable and deeply relevant production. As in our world, a storm rages in Haring Lear threatening all that is human and good (in favor of vanity and greed). Welcome to the blasted life to come. The characters that (momentarily) prosper are shrewd and cold-blooded, but they’re doomed too. Fearless actors and inspired design choices coalesce into a landmark production of Shakespeare’s relentless tragedy: Haring Lear resonates long after the curtain falls.”
The success of Haring Lear and other Filipino productions will definitely open doors for bigger opportunities and a colorful future for the Philippine theater industry.

For information about Haring Lear and other PETA productions, you may visit PETA website at or contact the office at 725 6244 or

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