PETA celebrates Shakespeare’s birthday and death anniversary this April with Shakespeare in the time of COVID, an online series celebrating the works of the renowned poet and playwright.
The two-part series starts with Sonnets and Songs, a reading of Shakespeare’s sonnets and a reimagining into Filipino songs by various composers and performers– Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Noel Cabangon, Myke Salomon, Gio Gahol, Michael Williams, and Bituin Escalante to name a few.
The company released the first sonnet earlier tonight at 6pm, in time for the bard’s 404th death anniversary. Sonnet 60 is read by Joshua Deocareza and translated by Syke. The song, entitled Bigyang Halaga ang Ngayon, is composed and performed by Syke and Myke Salomon.
You can watch the video below.
A new video will be released every night until this Sunday, April 26 at 6pm. You can find the schedules below:
April 24, 2020 (Friday, 6:00pm)
Sonnet 17 and Sonnet 18 will be read by Michael Williams and Menchu Lauchengo-Yulo respectively, and translated by Froilan Medina. The song, entitled Tulala, is composed and performed by Lady I.
April 25, 2020 (Saturday, 6:00pm)
Sonnet 109 will be read by Ron Capinding, and translated by Pete Lacaba. The song, entitled Huwag Mong Sabihin, is composed and performed by Noel Cabangon.
April 26, 2020 (Sunday, 6:00pm)
Sonnet 153 and Sonnet 154 will be read by Gio Gahol and Anj Heruela respectively, and translated by Pete Lacaba. The song, entitled Sulo ng Pag-ibig, is composed by Jeff Hernandez and performed by Bituin Escalante.
All songs were created as part of the show Thee Na Natuto: Love Sonnets for the Lovesick, which was staged in 2011 as part of PETA’s 44th Theater Season celebrating Shakespeare’s works.
All Sonnets and Songs will stream from PETA’s Facebook page.