Bernabé (2000) Photo/Foto: HIDVL
  • Title: Bernabé
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 01:04:51
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Date: 30 Jul 2000
  • Location: San Juan Bautista, California.
  • Type-Format: play, performance, community theater
  • Cast: Anahuac Valdez, Jeremiah Martinez, Katrina Valdez, Gus Manrique, Grace Serna, Johnny Martinez, Cesar Flores.
  • Credits: El Teatro Campesino, producer ; Kinan Valdez, director ; Luis Valdez, writer.

Bernabé (2000)

This video documents El Teatro Campesino's play Bernabé. Written in 1970 and revived in 2000, the action of the piece takes place in the small fictional town of Burlap, located in the central San Joaquin Valley of California. With a population of only a couple of thousand inhabitants, Burlap is the hometown of Bernabé, a mentally retarded farm worker who is "touched by cosmic madness." The performance takes us from the sun-baked reality of the valley into the mythological darkness of Bernabe's mind. The abstract set reflects the world of its protagonist, blending myth and reality, above and below the surface of the earth. Burlap, California is also the setting for another Luis Valdez's play, Mundo Mata, a period piece that exposes the raw realities of life in a small farmworker town.