Thursday, November 27, 2008

Lito Casaje directs 'The House of Bernarda Alba' for Instituto Cervantes

Instituto Cervantes and the Spanish Program for Cultural Cooperation present the Dramatis Personae and La Consolacion College-Manila School of Performing Arts production of "La Casa de Bernarda Alba," directed by Dramatis Personae founder and artistic director Lito Casaje.

The show will have a special one-night-only performance on Friday, 28 November, 8 p.m., at the Instituto Cervantes Open-Air Theatre along TM Kalaw Street, Manila, that's open to the public. Admission is free on a first-come-first served basis.

Poet-playwright Federico Garcia Lorca’s well-known classic on matriarchal domination and sexual repression was written in 1936 and set in a remotely arid village in Spain. It is a riveting domestic tragedy that explores the conflict between the struggle for honor and dignity, if in a twisted way, against the pursuit of passion and the freedom to love and be loved.

The play features Dramatis Personae stalwart Linda Lupton as Bernarda, supported by the LCCM School of Performing Arts and Arte.Comm ensemble, namely Sam Lanuza, K-cee Binarao, Channa de Guzman, Jinky Espiritu, Cristina Lupton, Wilklean Regalado, Joana Dizon, Dennie Dema-ala, Pam Tubana and Yolanda Pino as Maria Josefa.

With arts grants by Barcelo Café and Camp Suki, "La Casa de Bernarda Alba" is stage-managed by Diah Mae Abida, with production design by Lito Casaje, Jinky Espiritu and Lito Perez.

For inquiries and reservations, call 5261482-85 local 110, 0906-4974025, 0928-2070827, or e-mail or


beektur said...
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beektur said...

buhay pa pala ang dramatis. buti naman. i remember watching dina b and raymond b in dramatis' streetcar. just recently saw a musical version of bernarda. 10 actors (all female siyempre), 3 musicians, in a 20-square-foot theater including the stage along with sevens others in the audience members. ganda.

my first knowledge of bernarda, after reading the play, was thru an interview-article with adul de leon, who declared bernarda as the most anti-woman character she ever played. she said she hated every moment of her stage time playing that role. i think at a certain point, dinugo din siya during performance (burlesk empress?) and much later, she died of (ovarian?) cancer. a great actress, adul was. i remember her kissing charito solis in mukha(?) (tv series ba yon). november is the second cruellest month. memories fall as rapidly as the leaves and then, just like that, the trees are barren. chos. anyway, we will be in nyc this weekend. choosing between the magic wand, the latino sensation and spring...we are going to watch the ethereal but much too much-of-this-world kristin thomas scott. droopy eyelids rule!


gibbs cadiz said...

hi BEEKTUR, yep, buhay but barely. lito c. has stopped mounting shows for DP--lack of finances. instead, he's now mentoring students and also doing commissioned work by the cultural arms of embassies, like this bernarda for the instituto, and earlier, slipped disc for the german embassy... re kristin scott thomas, kainggit! hugs to the espanol. chos. :)

beektur said...

hello -

just an update: saw seagull. great set. kst is good, played arkanida with equal diva tantrum and maternal piety - an artist torn between mundande details and her art. mackenzie cook was consistent in his angst -- a bore really. great acting of peter sarsgaard played trigorin with such detachment it made his character looked even more of an intellectual. and the actress who played nina was really a seagull, an innocent creature destroyed by a passing stranger, for lack of a better thing to do. what a great theater mall broadway is today: on one hand you have the dependable classics: frank langella in a man for all seasons, hedda gabler, raul esparza(!) and jeremy piven in speed the plow, nathan lane and bill irwin (who was inimitable with kathleen turner in who's afraid of virginia woolf). richard griffits in equus. miller's all my sons. then there're young frankeinstein, spamalot, little mermai, and shrek the musical!

oh wait, i have to mention, TP's Ang Ibong Lawa -- who translated/directed it -- had much more emotional resonance to me. I remember clearly RJ Leyran (RIP), Irma Adlawan, Olga Natividad and john arcilla in that production. what a time. sighs. of course, i missed mike nichol's outdoor production with meryl streep, kevin kline and claire danes (ba?). baka may dvd.

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