Museum hosting Father Serra portrayal at Firehouse Arts Center tonight

Los Angeles actor Bruce Buonauro to play now-sainted founder of the California Missions

Bruce Buonauro will portray the now-sainted Father Junipero Serra tonight in the new year's first "An Evening with..." Ed Kinney speaker series sponsored by Pleasanton's Museum on Main.

The performance will start at 7 p.m. at the Firehouse Arts Center.

Miguel Jose Serra, better known as Father Junipero Serra, became the Father/President of the California mission chain early in the 1700s. This small frail man of modest background, soft spoken and untiring, would become a central figure in California's history as the founder of the California Missions.

Buonauro, an active member of the Los Angeles Theatre community, will be portraying the icon Father. His fun and interactive presentation will provide the audience with historical information about Father Serra as well as insight into his life, personality, humor and humanity.

Buonauro has spent years reaching and honing his portrayal of Father Serra. He has visited most of the California Missions, and studied at length in their libraries. He has been entrusted with documents and manuscripts unavailable to the general public by the Brothers of the Missions.

He appears regularly as Father Serra at various California Missions including Carmel, Father Serra's burial site. He has performed as a part of the educational programs for Mission San Juan Capistrano, and thousands of school age children each year through the venue of the Adventures in Education Program at Knott's Berry Farm.

All events at the Firehouse Arts Center are general seating. Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 Seniors 65+ years old and students with a valid ID. Museum members pay $5.

Tickets may be purchased online at, at the Museum on Main during regular operating hours or by phoning the museum at 925-462-2766. Tickets purchased by phone and online will be available for pick up at Will Call in the lobby of the Firehouse Arts Center before the program starts.

Tickets may also be available at the event subject to availability. Cash, check, Visa and MasterCard accepted.

The Firehouse Arts Center is located at 4444 Railroad Ave. in downtown Pleasanton.

For more information on the Ed Kinney Speakers Series visit or phone Museum on Main at (925) 462-2766.

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Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Dec 31, 2015 at 6:20 pm

A saint? I think not. Junipero Serra's conquering of the indigenous people of Califirnia is not somethings to be proud of. Believe in our mythology or be beaten to death is pretty much the message he spread. To call him a frail old man? Maybe a cruel, proselytizing old man backed by the Spanish army is more appropriate.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 5, 2016 at 7:44 am

Oh, I cant wait to attend!! I am writing a paper on how the Native Americans were forced into Christianity. I have some great questions to ask Father Serra, like if he participated in the floggings or if he had others do it for him. I hope there will be a Q&A session so I don't have to interrupt the show with questions.

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