It is time to shine for some Filipino theater artists in Hollywood. This is the first time that a Tagalog play will be staging in Hollywood. With just a few days to go, the Filipino artist are really excited on their first performance of a story of Filipino immigrants in United States in America, the award-winning play "Ang Romansa ni Rubio Magno" - Tagalog translation of the Lonnie Carter "The Romance of Magno Rubio" which is based on a story by Carlos Bulosan. The play will be under the direction and interpretation of director Bernardo Bernardo. The show will be open this winter season with an English version staging for mainstream theater audience.
Together withJon Jon Briones as the main cast Magno Rubio for both Tagalog and English version of the play, other actors will be Antoine Diel (Prudencio), Elizabeth Rainey (Clarabelle), and Muni Zano (narrator) each appear in both the English (E) and Tagalog (T) casts, while Giovanni Ortega (E) and Frederick Edwards (T) share the role of Nick; Erick Esteban (E) and Gelo Francisco (T) are Claro; and Eymard Cabling (E) and Jet Montelibano (T) double as Atoy. "Ang Romansa ni Rubio Magno" will open on November 4 throgh December 11. Hope this will be a doorway to all the Filipinos artists who wants to be part of Hollywood. PAE Live! in association with Good Shepherd Ambulance Company presents five performances each week, three in English and two in Tagalog.
Ang Romansa ni Rubio Magno
Ang Romansa ni rubio Magno is a short play by Carlo Bulosan about the lives of migrant workers, their struggles and dreams, and their longings for home and a better life in n1930s California. Ted Benito explains, “The play traces the story of five different ‘Manongs’ (members of the first wave of immigrants who came from the Philippines to America in the 1920s and ‘30s... It’s a story about hope, disillusionment, betrayal and love. There are original songs, guitar playing and martial arts. But it’s really a lesson in Filipino American history, and it’s personal to me because my dad was a Manong. He came here in 1930 at the age of eighteen and worked the canneries in Alaska and the farmland of California, Washington and Oregon.”