Annual Spanish Language programming celebrates Gwinnett’s Hispanic community
Celebrate the power of womanhood, as five Mexican-American women venture down the road of self-discovery in a coming-of-age drama that will shower audiences of all ages with inspiration and courage! As part of Aurora Theatre’s annual Teatro del Sol, a Spanish language theatre initiative with a goal of the preservation of Hispanic cultural heritage, Real Women Have Curves plays April 10-26, 2015. Based on playwright Josefina Lopez’s own young adult experiences, this widely recognized portrayal of immigration and its impact on women and their families has sparked a greater conversation and call to action for young immigrants struggling to defy the odds and achieve the American dream.
“As a proud first generation American of Cuban descent, I have a personal connection with the unique challenges that these women and families experience,” said Anthony Rodriguez, Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director. “The Atlanta Regional Commission reports Gwinnett as the most diverse county in the Southeastern United States, and I knew that I wanted to find a way to positively highlight our growing Hispanic community.”
Directed by Luis Hernandez, Real Women Have Curves focuses on the story of Ana, the teenager who dreams of leaving behind her family in an East Los Angeles barrio for a better life. When accepted to attend Columbia University, Ana must come face-to-face with her family’s financial struggles and is forced to stay home and work in a tiny sewing factory. Much to her surprise, she gains valuable insight on love, life and solidarity from four fellow Mexican-Americanwomen who share the same struggles, dreams and aspirations for their lives. As the days pass by, the five women share in camaraderie as they too battle the hardships of the Latina immigrant experience and gender politics.
The play’s success inspired the 2002 American movie starring America Ferrera, directed by Patricia Cardoso and produced by George LaVoo, who co-wrote the coveted Humanitas Prize screenplay with Lopez. The debut of the film at the annual Sundance Festival in 2002 won the Audience Award, as well as Special Jury Prizes for actors America Ferrera and Lupe Ontiveros. The screenplay was also selected by the National Board of Review for Special Recognition for Excellence in Filmmaking.
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