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It’s been so long since we’ve last step foot inside a theater hall, and the experience of it all seems like a distant memory. But a group of theater actors is about to make sure theater is to stay—never forgotten. 

Relive Your Passion (RYP) PH is a Facebook page that started in April this year, just weeks after the coronavirus pandemic forced cities under lockdown. The organizers of the page decided to do a weekly script reading, where the actors will have to read plays, and share it with the theater community who were one of those greatly affected by the pandemic. 

“The goal is to stay,” says Ron Biñas, one of the founders of RYP. “To let the audience know that theater is alive despite the pandemic. To let the theater community know that they have a home in RYP PH and they can rekindle their love for theater.”

With theater halls far from opening, RYP has lined up a set of free script reading sessions that involves renowned Filipino playwrights and stories. 

This September, RYP’s theme is all about “pwersa” or force in English. “[It’s about remembering] the history of martial law, [revisiting] protest stories and injustices in the Philippines and [recapturing] stories of labor force,” says Biñas.

Last Sept. 5, they staged “Thingy or ang Pak na Pak na Ganern na Pakikipagsapalaran ni Milenyo: ‘D Great Pokemon Hunter” written by Chris Martinez, who has won the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature for his plays. The play is about a clueless millennial, while the other characters react to the tweets of millennials about Martial Law. 

On Sept. 11, Rody Vera’s “Indigo Child” will be portrayed by both television actors Agot Isidro and Elijah Canlas. It’s about a rebel who was caught and tortured, and her son takes care of her after she was traumatized and diagnosed with a bipolar disorder.

Erika Estaco’s “Duyan Ka ng Magiting,” which is about the victims of Martial Law, is set for Sept. 19. Genaro Gojo Cruz’ “Mcdonaldisasyon,” a story on the fate of a crew member in a popular fastfood chain, is scheduled on Sept. 26. 

“[This is] to let the Filipino people understand that these stories that we showcase every month is real and it is celebration of what we are as Filipinos,” says Biñas.

Catch all these free scriptreading every Saturday, 7PM on RYP’s Facebook page. 

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