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Philippine Theater in Confinement: Breaking Out of Martial Law

Bienvenido Lumbera


The declaration of Martial Law during the Marcos administration brought about a period of censorship and a complete rejection of any form of protest against the established figures of authority. Activists then looked for other forms of communication through which they could channel their dissent and rally more people towards the cause. It was during this period that Philippine theater was taken out of the stage and into the streets, when the “art” of the “elite” was brought down to the masses. These efforts also shifted the language of Philippine theater from American English to Pilipino, marking the beginning of a new stage of development of drama in the country.


history of Philippine Theater, protest drama, student activism

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13185/1465