#TheaterPH - Dulaang UP Opens Its 44th Performance Season With The House of Bernarda Alba | Ang Tahanan ni Bernarda Alba

Despite the savagery, such messages remain familiar and unsettling to us today. Though not as straightforward with their oppression, modern-day dictators espouse the same belief, “the poor are like animals.”

The House of Bernarda Alba/Ang Tahanan ni Bernarda Alba centers on a family of three generations with Bernarda Alba as the head of the household. The piece reveals how she treats her mother, daughters, and servants as mere puppets under her command. This underscores the larger themes of tyranny and oppression found throughout the play.

Although written in 1945, the characters and conflicts staged by Lorca can be traced to our present day with ease. Bernarda Alba and her conduct towards others provide audiences with a deep understanding of the abused and the abuser – all within a single household.

Dulaang UP will stage Federico Garcia Lorca’s La Casa de Bernarda Alba, directed by Alexander Cortez – translated from the original Spanish into English as The House of Bernarda Alba by Daisy Lopez, and into Filipino as Ang Tahanan ni Bernarda Alba by Cortez.

Veteran actors Frances Makil-Ignacio and Gigi Escalante alternate as Bernarda Alba. Other members of the cast include Stella Cañete Mendoza and Sheryl Ceasico (as Poncia), Rica Nepomuceno and Ronnie Martinez (as Maria Josefa), Liway Gabo and Opaline Santos (as Angustias), Iris Montesclaros and Gel Basa (as Magdelena), Camille Abaya and Mikaela Coruña (as Amelia), Sarina Sasaki (as Martirio), Pauline Maxine Ignacio and Mariella Laurel (as Adela), Jacqui Amper and Lei Ann Quinquilleria (as Servant), and Bea Racoma (as Prudencia).

Joining Cortez in the artistic team are Judy Ick (Dramaturgy), Gino Gonzales (Production Design), Meliton Roxas Jr. (Lights Designer), Jethro Joaquin (Sound), Katz Trangco (Music), JM Cabling (Movement), Jojit Lorenzo (Photography), and Steven Tansiongco (Graphics Designer).

The play opens Dulaang UP’s 44th Theatre Season dubbed as “DALUHONG” and is set to run from September 6 - 29, 2019 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2F Palma Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon City. 

For inquiries, contact Nico Varona (0917 519 8879) or you may send an email to dupmarketing@gmail.com; you may also call the Dulaang UP Office (Tel.: 926- 1349 / 981-8500 local 24-49).

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