Bakeretta (Ghost Operetta)

Poster for play Bakeretta


In commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the restoration of Japan-Philippines relations, the Japan Foundation will jointly produce a horror comedy musical, Bakeretta: Beware—Don't Open the Toilet Door, with the Tanghalang Pilipino theatrical company in residence at the national Cultural Center of the Philippines. The production will be on stage in the Philippines from October 20 to 22 and from November 10 to 26.

Bakeretta is a psychological thriller, somewhat in the tradition of Japanese horror films but with a quirky, musical twist. The story is set in an amateur theater company in the Philippines. As the company rehearses a modern ghost (obake) story, The Ghost in the Toilet, the mounting pressures of the opening night get entangled with the personal dramas of company actors, some comedy and some horror.

Photo of Chong Wishing This spine-tingling play within a play is directed by an outstanding Korean-Japanese playwright, Chong Wishing (Yoshinobu Tei), who originally wrote the story for a Japanese minitheater and has rearranged it into Bakeretta for the Philippine theater.

Chong is the founder of the theatrical group Shinjuku Ryozanpaku. He has produced and written many works for the company, including one that won a Kishida Kunio award. In 1993, he enjoyed nationwide acclaim for his script of the film Tsuki wa docchi ni deteiru (All Under the Moon).

Performance Schedule:

Sinag Arts Studio
October 20, 21 8:00 PM
October 21, 22 3:00 PM
Tanghalang Huseng Batute (CCP Studio Theater)
November 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 8:00 PM
November 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 3:00 PM

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