Theater

Theater

As Stage Actor

As Stage Director

View Gallery

As Stage Actor

“Why are you crying, little one?”

BERNARDO as Prudencio ask Rodney To (Magno) in the Victory Gardens Theatre production of MAGNO RUBIO where the play was nominated in Chicago’s JEFF AWARDS for Best Production and Best Ensemble. Bernardo reprised the role of Prudencio at the Culture Project Theater for the 1st National Asian Theater Festival in New York. And later, for a brief run at LATC with the same cast.

Theatrical Plays:

THE NETHER,
by Red Turnip Theater
as Sims
Power Mac Center Spotlight Theater
Ana Abad Santos, Director

DEAR & UNHAPPY,
by Carlo Vergara
as Alpha Babaylan
Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater, Cultural Center of the Philippines)
Ricky Villabona
, Director

THE ROMANCE OF MAGNO RUBIO,
by Lonnie Carter
as Prudencio
The Culture Project Theatre
Loy Arcenas, Director

VOYAGE, by Merry Ellefson
as Ben Cantil
Perseverance Theatre
PJ Paparelli, Director

THE LONG SEASON, by Chay Yew
as Conrado
Perseverance Theatre
Peter Dubois, Director

THE ROMANCE OF MAGNO RUBIO,
by Lonnie Carter
as Prudencio
Victory Gardens Theater
Loy Arcenas, Director

CHINA CALLS, by Lonnie Carter
as Mr. Ao
Aurora Berkeley Theater,
Staged Reading
Loy Arcenas, Director

LAST OF THE SUNS, by Alice Tuan
as Ho Ping
Magic Theater, Staged Reading
Chris Smith, Director

 

Theatrical Plays in Pilipino:

HARING LEAR, by William Shakespeare
Adaptation by Bienvenido Lumbera
as Haring Lear
SDA Theater / Benilde School of Design and Arts
Nonon Padilla, Director

SENAKULO 2015,
by Tanghalang Santa Ana
as Herodes
Lou Veloso, Director

OTHELLO, by William Shakespeare
Translated by Rogelio Sicat
as Iago
Dulaang UP
Wildredo Ma. Guerrero Theater
Tony Mabesa, Director

PINOY AGONISTES, by Nick Joaquin
as Emperatriz
Tanghalang Pilipino
Onstage Theater, Greenbelt
Nonon Padilla, Director

KALANTIAO by Rene O. Villanueva
as Kalantiao
Tanghalang Pilipino
Nonon Padilla, Director

MAC MALICSI, TNT, by Jose Dalisay
as Mac
Tanghalang Pilipino
CCP Studio Theater
Nonon Padilla, Director

ANG KURIPOT (The Miser), by Moliere
Translated by Rolando Tinio
as Valere
Philam Life Theater
Bernardo Bernardo, Director

ANG BALKONAHE (The Balcony), by Jean Genet
Translated by Orlando Nadres
as Judge
CCP Studio Theater
Tanghalang Pilipino
Brooks Jones, Director

PITIK-BULAG Sa Buwan ng Pebrero
by Ricky Lee
Manila Film Center
Joel Lamangan, Director

BIEN ALIGTAD, by Dodong de los Reyes
as TakyongBagting
BulwagangGantimpala
CCP Little Theater
Joel Lamangan, Director

CAMINO REAL, by Nick Joaquin
as Buencamino
Barangay Theater Guild
CCP Little theater
LambertoAvellana, Director

TATARIN, by Nick Joaquin
as Guido
Barangay Theater Guild
Main Theater, Cultural Center of the Philippines
LambertoAvellana, Director

BOYS IN THE BAND 2 IN TAGLISH
by Bernardo Bernardo
as Michael
Sheraton Hotel
Bernardo Bernardo, Director

HANGGANG DITO NA LAMANG AT MARAMING SALAMAT,
by Orlando Nadres
as Fidel
Agrix Productions
Metropolitan Theater, Manila
Mario O’Hara, Director

SABADO, LINGGO, LUNES (Saturday,Sunday, Monday),
by Edoardo Molinari
Translated by Virgilio “Beer” flores
as Roberto
Fourth Wall Productions
CCP Little Theater
Nick Lizaso, Director

ANG TAGAK (The Sea Gull), by Anton Chekov
Translated by Rolando Tinio
as Trigorin
Teatro Pilipino
CCP Little Theater
Rolando Tinio, Director

ALIPATO
by NonilonQueano
as Bino
AnakTibawan
Pope Pius Auditorium
Jonas Sebastian, Director

ANAK SA TABING-BAKOD
by Julian Cruz-Balmaceda
as MangTobal
CCP Little Theater
Nick Lizaso, Director

KAHAPON, NGAYON AT BUKAS
by Aurelio Tolentino
as Matanglawin
Babaylan
CCP Little Theater
Anton Juan, Director

SAAN PAPUNTA ANG PARO-PARO?
by Rogelio Sicat
as Tagalitis
CCP Little Theater
Nick Lizaso, Director

BAKA NAMAN HINDI?! (A Flea in Her Ear)
by Georges Feydeau
Translated by Virgilio “Beer” Flores
as Dr Pinacate (Dr Finache)
CCP Little Theater
Nick Lizaso, Director

 

 

Drama/Comedy:

AS IS by William Hoffman
as Rich
Repertory Philippines
Baby Barredo, Director

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
by Neil Simon
as Paul
C Productions
Jonas Sebastian, Director

THE RITZ by Terrence McNally
as Chris
Repertory Philippines
BeccaGodinez, Director

THE SHADOWBOX by Michael Cristofer
as Brian
Repertory Philippines
Zeneida Amador, Director

GOODBYE GIRL
by Neil Simon
as Elliot
Maverick Productions
Jonas Sebastian, Director

SIX RMS RIV VU (Love for Rent)
by Bob Randall
as Paul
Maverick Productions
Jonas Sebastian, Director

ANY WEDNESDAY (Hothouse)
by Muriel Reskin
as John
Urdec Productions
Intercon Hotel, Manila
Jonas Sebastian, Director

SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR
by Bernard Slade
as George
Repertory Philippines
Zeneida Amador, Director

CALIFORNIA SUITE
by Neil Simon
as Billy/Sidney/Stu
Repertory Philippines
Zeneida Amador, Director

STAR SPANGLED GIRL
by Neil Simon
as Norman
Media Consultants
Bernardo Bernardo, Director

THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT
by Bill Manhoff
as Felix
Repertory Philippines
Zeneida Amador, Director

FORTY CARATS by Jay Allen
as Billy
Repertory Philippines
Zeneida Amador, Director

GINGERBREAD LADY
by Neil Simon
as Jimmy
Repertory Philippines
Zeneida Amador, Director

LOOT by Joe Orton
as Hal
Repertory Philippines
Zeneida Amador, Director

SMALLCRAFT WARNINGS
by Tennessee Williams
as Bill
Repertory Philippines
Zeneida Amador, Director

BOYS IN THE BAND
by Mort Crowley
as Michael
Repertory Philippines
Zeneida Amador, Director

THE ZOO STORY
by Edward Albee
as Jerry
Batingaw Theater Guild
Jonas Sebastian, Director

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS
by Robert Bolt
as Common Man
New Theater Company
Portland, Oregon
Pat Torelle, Director

NIGHT OF THE IGUANA
by Tennessee Williams
as Nonno
Park Theater Players
Santa Barbara CA
Downing Cless, Director

WAIT UNTIL DARK
by Frederick knott
as Sgt. Carlino
Park Theater Players
Bernardo Bernardo, Director

FALLING SICKNESS
by Russell Edson
as Son
UCSB

THE CHINESE WALL
by Max Frisch
as Wang
UCSB Theater Season
Eugene Miller, Director

BAAL by Bertolt Brecht
as Brechtian Chorus
UCSB Theater Season
Georgij Paro, Director

As Stage Director

AFTER THE CURTAIN CALL, Assemblyman Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) presented the cast and crew of MAGNO RUBIO with a copy of ACR 74, otherwise known as the Filipino American Resolution. In photo are Associate Producers REX SAMPAGA and ED RAMOLETE, Assemblyman ALEJO, TED BENITO (Producer) and BERNARDO BERNARDO (Director/Translator). ACR 74 marks the first time California has expressly apologized to Filipino Americans for the violations of their civil liberties and constitutional rights for nearly 100 years.

The staging of MAGNO RUBIO at Inside the Ford Theatre capped the celebration of Filipino American Heritage month. Lonnie Carter’s THE ROMANCE OF MAGNO RUBIO, based on Carlos Bulosan’s short story, essays the challenges faced by the early Filipino migrant workers in California during the 1930s.

Photo by HYDEE URSOLINO ABRAHAN of Studio 1003

 

WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING about The Romance of Magno Rubio @Inside the Ford Theatre:

DAVID C. NICHOLS, Critic’s Choice, LA Times:
“Pure theatricality enlivens The Romance of Magno Rubio at [Inside] the Ford. This arresting take on Carlos Bulosan’s celebrated short story about a migrant Filipino farm worker in Depression-era California conveys inspired kinetic craft.” 

NEAL WEAVER, Backstage:
“Director Bernardo Bernardo gives the play a high-voltage production, enlivening Carter’s rhymed text with music, robust physical action, dance, and martial arts. The cast performs with infectious enthusiasm.”

MeyankKeshaviah, “GO” LA Weekly:
“The entire ensemble is fantastic, their movements crisp and energetic, their expressions full of vivacity and their vocals beautifully harmonic. The show, at its core, has the bawdy, wonderful, put-it-all-out-there-ness of a well-done Shakespeare play.”

MARVIN VASQUEZ, Campus Circle:
“With pure honesty, I must admit and declare myself a true lover of The Romance of Magno Rubio. This play is an unforgettable tale of romance, love, survival and pursuit of the so-called American Dream. A production filled with articulate thrills, distinct laughs, and prolific musical segments that rhyme, The Romance of Magno Rubio is the must-see play of the season.” 

PROSY DE LA CRUZ,Asian Journal:
“This well-crafted, multi-textured and multi-layered play illustrated the lyrical nature of our language: Tagalog, with its cascading musicality of tone and words. It also showcased the robust creativity and play of imagination that Filipinos have. They saw nature as extensions of themselves and used it as a form of expression, until they were later silenced and abruptly constrained by the raw displays of racism, exclusion and depraved working conditions—the dis-embodied American dream. Metaphorically, as the romance of Clarabelle by Magno Rubio.”

OBED MEDINA, Edge Los Angeles:
“Told partly in rhymed couplets and incorporating traditional Filipino art forms, such as the use of the rattan sticks used by Eskrima, the martial arts of the Philippines, The Romance of Magno Rubio is epic storytelling that casts a magical spell on the audience.”

KCRW Listen:
“But the reason to go see The Romance of Magno Rubio isn’t a passion for diversity. In fact, that’s rarely enough to make good art. It’s the remarkably touching and human performance given by Jon JonBriones as Magno Rubio.”

Hey Melpomene, Blog:
“This is a fun and entertaining show; the play is broken up periodically by farm workers serving as chorus and comedy relief, segments of the show are spoken in Tagalog and there are some amusingly inventive dance and fight sequences. One of the show’s stand-out moments comes during a slow-motion fistfight between Claro and Magno.”

JOE STRAW #9:
“The Romance of Magno Rubio by Lonnie Carter and directed by Bernardo Bernardo at the Ford Theatre is absolutely wonderful! In all my many years in theatre I have not seen anything like this. It is a terrific show from the moment the actors appear on stage to the moment they leave. This show is magnificent and inspiring! It will also break your heart. Run to see this production!”

BARNABY HUGHES, Stage and Cinema:
“These guys have worked hard together and it shows. Jon JonBriones, despite his small stature, has enormous stage presence and easily carries the show. His portrayal of Magno Rubio is big-hearted and endearing. A story that celebrates the indomitable spirit of the earliest Pinoys in California, The Romance of Magno Rubio reminds us that they are still with us today and in greater numbers than ever before.” 

 

Lead Actor JONJON BRIONES (Magno), Assemblyman LUIS ALEJO, and Stage Director BERNARDO BERNARDO pose for a commemorative photo in front of the sign “NO DOGS AND FILIPINOS ALLOWED” which was prominently displayed all over the West Coast during the darker times of Depression Era America of the 1930′s. The Watsonville Riots was one of the more infamous anti-Filipino demonstrations of the time. One of the little ironies of contemporary history–the fact that the genteleman responsible for ACR 74 (Assemblyman Alejo) hails from Watsonville–is not lost on the trio as they strike a pose for MAGNO RUBIO and the multitude of Manongs he represents.


Bernardo directed the Tagalog and English versions of THE ROMANCE OF MAGNO RUBIO that opened the winter season of Inside the Ford Theatre in Hollywood.

Photo shows Nick (GIOVANNI ORTEGA)reading and translating to Magno (JONJON BRIONES) the increasingly coarse and demanding “love letters” from Clarabelle (ELIZABETH RAINEY) to the delight of the kibitzing Chorus (ANTOINE REYNALDO DIEL & ERICK ESTEBAN).

The Cast of ANG ROMANSA NI MAGNO RUBIO also featured Muni Zano,Frederick Edwards, Eymard Cabling, Gelo Francisco, Joseph Gelito, and Jet Montelibano.
Lonnie Carter’s original play in English was translated and directed by Bernardo Bernardo, with choreography by Peter de Guzman, musical direction by Gelo Francisco, and stage management by Jaclyn Kalkurst. Ted Benito, Ed Ramolete, Lorely Trinidad, and Paul Policarpio co-produce. Presented by PAE Live! and Good Shepherd Ambulance Company.

 

 

Bernardo with acclaimed playwright EVE ENSLER during the launch of the Filipina Women’s Network (FWN) production of THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES which he directed at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco.

 

THE CAST AND CREW OF THE ROMANCE OF MAGNO RUBIO were overwhelmed yet grateful for the standing ovations and rave reviews heaped upon the production. It was always the Bernardo’s contention that the play was much bigger than any single member of the production–and that the production’s goal was mainly to pay tribute to the Manongs; and, perhaps, add a little more light
upon the trail the Manongs have blazed for those who would follow.

MUSICALS:

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
Maynilad, Manila Hotel

THE KING AND I
Davao City

SONG AND DANCE
Light and Sound, Manila

GREASE
Metropolitan Theater, Manila

FLOWER DRUM SONG
IS Theater, Manila

YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
IS Theater, Manila

THE WIZ
Cultural Center of the Philippines

IN DA LAND OF UNCLE SAM
Musical Revue on Fil-Am Workers
San Jose, CA

WE ARE ONE
Chinese Gods in Celestial Conflict
Haw Par Villa, Singapore

BACK TO BASICS,
OFW Musical Revue
Meralco Theater

WALANG SUGAT
U.S. and Canada Key Cities Tour

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
Lucena City and Manila

SURVIVAL OF ST. JOAN
Cultural Center of the Philippines

CABARET
Meralco Theater

SERENATA
Metropolitan theater, Manila

 

DRAMA/COMEDY:

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES
Herbst Theater, San Francisco

THE LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS
Mandarin Hotel, Manila

COME BLOW YOUR HORN
Repertory Philippines

STAR SPANGLED GIRL
Intercon Hotel, Manila

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
Repertory Philippines

THE SECRET AFFAIRS OF MILDRED WILDE
Repertory Philippines

THE RITZ
Repertory Philippines

THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE
Repertory Philippines

THE BED BEFORE YESTERDAY
Repertory Philippines

WAIT UNTIL DARK
Park Theater, Santa Barbara

ALIPATO, Drama
University of the Philippines