Director Lino Brocka and actors Hilda Koronel and Phillip Salvador were billed triumvirate on the big screen. They collaborated on some of the most memorable movies in the ‘70s and ‘80s.
In 1980, they shifted venue, from screen to stage, via the Pilipino translation of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Pusa sa Yerong Bubong), staged by PETA at the Philamlife Theater.
Under Brocka’s masterful direction, Hilda and Phillip gave well-received performances. They played husband and wife in a house dominated by Big Daddy (Subas Herrero). Pusa sa Yerong Bubong was supported by such fine performers as Anita Linda, Paquito Diaz, Lorli Villanueva, Vic Ordoñez and Tony Ronquillo.
A big plus was the production design of Salvador Bernal who, like Brocka, was later named National Artist.
While noted primarily as a filmmaker, Brocka also directed such stage plays as Larawan, Tatlo, Mga Ama, Mga Anak — all for PETA.
In 1958, Hollywood made Cat on the Hot Tin Roof into a movie, topbilled by Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman and Burl Ives as Big Daddy. — RKC