Photos by: Stephanie Mallard Couch Photography & Tess Malone
A MATRIARCHY. CONFINEMENT. FOSTER GIRLS.
Photos by: Maryssa Lagervall
2016 is off to an exciting start with the announcement of our next mainstage event. eSe Teatro is proud to present our 3rd mainstage production, Bernie's Apt., written Rose Cano and directed by Julie Beckman. The show had its world premiere at The Bullitt Cabaret at ACT from May 5th through May 28th.
Bernie's Apartment had a great opening weekend, and the reviews are out!
"As an adaptation, Bernie's Apt. functions brilliantly. Bernie, our modern Bernarda Alba, is struggling to provide for her four hijas, and ensure that they become respectable girls who finish high school. In this respect, it is a great insight into the hardships that immigrants face today-both before they arrive here and after. "
Miquelle Radich, Drama in the Hood
"Rose Cano's brand new world premiere play BERNIE'S APARTMENT previewed last night at ACT. People!!! We may have a hit on our hands. A company of fierce Latina/o players onstage and off have moved into Bernarda's House that Lorca built, now our Bernie lives on the west coast, and her apartment is filled with foster teenaged girls, Latinas on the road, living on the street, stuck in the liminal borderland, or born to her."
Susan Finque, PhD Candidate, UW School of Drama
"Last night, I left ACT Theatre in downtown Seattle screaming with Latino pride. "Bernies Apartment" arrived with a bang. FINALLY a play with vibrant yet flawed, powerful yet fragile Latina characters. Rose Cano 's brilliant world premiere had me giggling through my tears. The firecracker cast is all around outstanding but it's my dear friend Alma Villegas that makes a terrific return to the stage in what might prove to be one of the most multi layered Latina characters I have ever seen. Is "Bernies Apartment" a modern day masterpiece ? Find out for yourself. RUN to see this. Go today. I'm sure you'll want to go again later in its short run. Congratulations comadres. "
Chris Boscia, Harbor School - Spanish teacher
"Thank you for helping educate some of my ignorance about Latino culture. Even though I don't speak Spanish, I got everything."
ACT Board Member
But we're not done yet! Bernie's Apt. runs until May 28! (Thursday - Sunday)
"Inspired by Lorca's play The House of Bernarda Alba, six contemporary women find themselves confined not by the strict codes of social conduct of the early 1900s, but instead by house arrest, physical ailments, trauma, cultural oppression, and a system stacked against them. They seek solace in creating a new kind of family."
Bernie's Apt. is a modern-day exploration of Lorca's classic tale, The House of Bernarda Alba. Instead of being confined by the strict codes of social conduct of the early 1900s, the women in Bernie's Apt. are cut off from the rest of the world by house arrest, physical ailments, cultural oppression, and failed foster care.
This mainstage production is very exciting news for eSe! Bernie's Apt. is the second full-length original play we are getting a chance to share with you, and to be premiering at such a beautiful space is a wonderful gift.
(Order from left to right)
Alma Villegas: Bernie,
Meme García: Adela,
Pilar O'Connell: Marti,
Yolanda Suarez: La Gorda/ Mama Grande,
Sophie Franco: Maggie
Javonna Arriaga: Angie
We are thrilled to bring this touching and complex new work to life, and so honored to be in partnership with the artistic team at ACTLab.
Hi-res production photos by Maryssa Lagervall are available here:
Empowering Latino artists to create, produce and present bilingual, Spanish, and Spanglish theatre.
A quick look back:
1st mainstage production in 2012 Oedipus El Rey by Luis Alfaro, directed by Gisela Cardenas. Photo by Tess Malone.
2nd mainstage production in 2014 Don Quixote & Sancho Panza, Homeless in Seattle by Rose Cano, directed by David Quicksall. Photo by Stephanie Mallard Couch.
Julie Beckman, Director of eSe Teatro's 3rd mainstage production
Rose Cano, Author of
Bernie's Apt and Artistic Director of eSe Teatro
Click HERE to read about the state of Latino theater in Seattle. The Stranger interviewed Rose Cano, Artistic Director at eSe Teatro to find out the powerful Latino theater that is developing in the Emerald City.
"One who loses wealth loses much. One who loses a friend loses more. But one who loses courage loses all."
- Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quijote
Don Quixote & Sancho Panza: Homeless in Seattle: "The bilingual dialogue is also well done: Don Quixote only speaks Spanish, but Sanchez translates just enough to keep the script intelligible to an English-only audience, but not redundant for a Spanish/English speaker."