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December 11, 2014

Tanghalang Pilipino's Melanie

A project born out of a partnership between UNICEF and Tanghalang Pilipino, “Melanie” is a play that aims to entertain, engage and educate the audience, leaving them not only in a fit of giggles but also armed with knowledge regarding HIV and AIDS.

The process includes seminars on HIV 101 and Stigma Reduction, as well as workshops on Forum Theater, Psychodrama and Curriculum Development. The goal is to give not only information, but tools for the community to be able to create and develop their own ways to raise awareness, and eventually reduce the rise of HIV infections. This is a production that veers away from the usual actor-audience dynamics. There is an active interaction that (hopefully) breaks the barriers of ignorance, shame and apathy that become hindrances in stopping this silent virus.


The play begins with a funeral-turned-disco party. Having died of AIDS but having been open about her condition, Melanie's death becomes the subject of controversy by the townsfolk. Fear and speculation spread rapidly through the community, almost as quickly as how those who live there exchange sexual partners. One by one, the characters discuss the horrors of "becoming like Melanie," and we witness not only a fear of infection, but also fears stemming from ignorance. We see not only a fear of the condition, but of rejection, of loneliness, and even fear of the ghost of Melanie herself.
Can acceptance and compassion combat the "horrors" brought by Melanie's death? After all, we are only afraid of what we do not understand.

Ticket Price:
VIP/CHROME CHAIRS: Php 800.00 (40 seats)
GALLERY & BLEACHERS: Php 600.00 (160 seats)
Discounts to Senior Citizens, Gov’t and Military Employees, PWDs and Students. Present valid IDs to avail of the discount.

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Cultural Center Of The Philippines (CCP)
CCP Complex

Roxas Blvd. cor. Pablo Ocampo Sr. St., CCP Complex
Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines

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