Works

Scripts from Filipino playwright, Dr. Joem Antonio, are available online for personal reading. If you wish to stage, publish, or publicly discuss any of them, please seek written permission.

Plays

The Domestic Problems of Good King George (formerly entitled Gabrielle)

A One-Act Play

Princess Gabrielle lacks suitors because she’s no damsel in distress. Enter Dolly the Witch to save the day. And so it begins, the Domestic Problems of Good King George...

Gabrielle won the Second Prize in the One-Act Play in English category at the 2006 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards.

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William Shakespeare Has Left the Building

A One-Act Play

Three students are setting up a mandatory class exhibit on William Shakespeare. The Bard is not pleased.

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The Most Spectacular Sloths in the World

A Ten-Minute Play

San Honorico is the cleanest town on earth. It's also where the most industrious people live. But that's not what San Honorico is really famous for.

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An Operatic Template for a Basic Plot

A Ten-Minute Play

Exactly what the title says.

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Love C.A.F.E.

A cycle of one-act plays inspired by C.S. Lewis' The Four Loves

AFFECTION

Stay Healthy / Cancerous Kang Carrot Ka!

A One-Act Play

“All things are poison and nothing is without poison,” said Theophrastus von Hohenheim, Father of Toxicology. But why worry about toxins when we’ve got friends?

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Napakaselan ng Gabi

A One-Act Play

Limang taon na ang nakalilipas nang tumigil mag-aral si Matt para mapagtapos si Arie. Ngayong gabi, biglang mababalitaan ni Matt na may boyfriend na si Arie—si Jess, ang best friend ni Matt.

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FRIENDSHIP

Friendship: The Dust in Your Place / Ang Alikabok sa Kusina

A One-Act Play

A comic strip artist must tell her writer what’s plaguing his relationships with other girls… even if it may be at the cost of their own friendship.

The Dust in Your Place won the Second Prize for the One-Act Play in English category at the 2012 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards.

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EROS

Newspaper Dance / Bangko ni Noe

A One-Act Play

A couple break up only to find themselves, twenty minutes later, stranded in the same waiting shed on a stormy evening.

Newspaper Dance won the Third Prize for the One-Act Play in English category at the 2008 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards.

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CHARITY

Stray Cat / Pusang Gala

A One-Act Play

A boy plays Good Samaritan to a girl who contemplates suicide, only to be placed in a situation where he might contemplate suicide himself.

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Heavy Meta

A cycle of ten-minute plays that are reflections on theatre as a medium

And So Replied Niemand (On the Audience)

A Ten-Minute Play

Zarathustra has been speaking for quite a while now… It’s time someone replied.

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In the Maw of Radagar (On Directing and Design)

A Ten-Minute Play

Ten minutes to twelve and a Primordial Evil is about to spell doom to the world… if primordial evils do exist to begin with.

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The Masters of Modus (On Acting)

A Ten-Minute Play

Learning a revolutionary acting technique... how bad can it be?

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Modus at Short+Sweet Manila 2015

Death in Ten Minutes (On Theatre)

A Ten-Minute Play

Two people discover that they’re just characters in a play; greater knowledge leads to greater powers, until one of them discovers that he is slated to die when the play ends.

Death in Ten Minutes received the following awards at Short + Sweet Manila Theatre Festival 2014:

  • Best Playwright
  • Best Play
  • #1 in the Audience Poll for Week 1

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Death in Ten Minutes at the first Short + Sweet Manila Theatre Festival

Playwright's Revenge (On the Playwright)

A Ten-Minute Play

Tired of performers and audiences speculating what he means to say, renowned playwright Joem Antonio takes it on himself to be as explicit as he can be… by being in his own play as himself.

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Historical Plays

Lorenzo

A Full-length Play

Dr. Joem did the research for this play about the life of St. Lorenzo Ruiz. The book and lyric were by Juan Ekis and Dr. Paul Dumol, with music by Ryan Cayabyab.

Lorenz Martinez stars in "Lorenzo," a rock opera on the life of St. Lorenzo Ruiz.

The Last Filipino

A Full-length Play

From the moment of his capture to his deportment to Guam, Apolinario Mabini takes a firm stand on Philippine Independence at the twilight of the Philippine-American War. When the champions of the Revolution have either died fighting or taken an oath of allegiance, Mabini is left as the last man to defend the Filipino cause. But Mabini’s fight is not merely a matter of Philippine Independence, but a matter of the Filipino soul.

The Last Filipino won the Second Prize for the Full-length Play in English category at the 2014 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards.

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The Floret Road

A Full-length Play

In 1891—a time so distant from our advancements in long-distance communication—the three-year silence between a couple is broken with the end of their long distance relationship. The man grieves over the woman he has not seen for over eight years. What experience with her is so alive that a man would cling to memory over the myriad of alternatives before him?

The Floret Road won the First Prize for the Full-length Play in English category at the 2016 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards. An excerpt of the play was staged during the awards night.

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Read the 20-minute abridgments: Version A | Version B | Version C

Noel Rayos plays Jose Rizal at the staging of The Floret Road at the awards night of the 66th Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards.

exesanonymous.com

The end of relationships can be a very messy business. A man and a woman visit exesanonymous.com as means to deal with their respective relationships. While they might not find the closure they seek, there is a chance that they find catharsis in the stories they find.

exesanonymous.com won the Second Prize for the Full-length Play in English category at the 2016 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards. An excerpt of the play was staged during the awards night.

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Fred Lo and Rissey Reyes perform an excerpt of exesanonymous.com at the awards night of the 67th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards.

Compact Shakespeare: Abridgments of Shakespeare's Plays

Dr. Joem Antonio created Compact Shakespeare to bring the Bard's stories, words, and theatricality to theatre enthusiasts and audiences of the 21st century. He and his students have abridged Shakespeare plays to the ten-minute format only by deleting words. The result is a set of scripts that can be staged within limited budgets, schedules and performance spaces, as well as by cast and crew of varying skill levels.

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The staging of a ten-minute King Lear

Children's Stories

Ang Ampalaya sa Pinggan ni Peepo (The Bitter Gourd on Peepo’s Plate)

Peepo's father wants him to eat his ampalaya, but he doesn't like its bitter taste. Little does he know that it comes down to eating or being eaten!

Ang Ampalaya Sa Pinggan Ni Peepo won the Second Prize for the Maikling Kuwentong Pambata category at the 2007 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards.

It has been published by Lampara Books. Copies are available in bookstores nationwide.

Sa Tapat ng Tindahan ni Mang Teban (In Front of Mang Teban’s Store)

There are many good things about the town of San Honorico, but people come for one thing: the two curious characters in front of Mang Teban's store.

Sa Tapat ng Tindahan ni Mang Teban won the Second Prize for the Maikling Kuwentong Pambata category at the 2011 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards.

It has been published by Lampara Books. Copies are available in bookstores nationwide.