Chay Yew's adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba completes the 2002 season at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum July 14-Sept. 1. Lisa Peterson directs the dark drama, which features stage and TV's Sandra Oh (Stop Kiss, Dogeaters, "Arli$$").
At the start of Bernarda Alba, the newly widowed Alba declares her five daughters must remain within her house for eight years of mourning. While Bernarda's mad, aged mother rages, the eldest daughter courts a suitor, who captures the heart of the youngest. The daughters become so overwhelmingly jealous in their forced captivity that the inevitable result is another tragic death.
Director of the Asian Theatre Workshop at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum, Yew also wrote Red, Wonderland, A Beautiful Country and A Language of Their Own. His The House of Bernarda Alba premiered at New York City's National Asian American Theatre Company in December 2000 with Obie winner Ching Valdes Aran and Tony Award nominee Julyana Soelistyo in the cast.
Joining Oh at the Taper are Christine Avila, Marissa Chibas, Tsai Chin (Golden Child), Aixa Clemente, Eileen Galindo, Karen Huie, Carla Jimenez, Lydia Look, Lina Patel, Lisa Renee Pitts, Jeanne Sakata, Camille Saviola (Ragtime, Nine), Shaheen Vaas and Rita Wolf.