By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
Aurora Theatre presents powerful story of self-discovery with Real Women Have Curves, April 10-26 
Annual Spanish Language programming celebrates Gwinnett’s Hispanic community 

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – 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-American women 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. 

Recommended for teens and adults interested in culture, Real Women Have Curves plays the Aurora stage April 10-26. Tickets may be purchased for $20-$30 per person online at tickets.auroratheatre.com or by calling the Box Office at 678-226-6222.

Show times are as follows:
 Thursday – Saturday: 8 p.m.
Sunday: 2:30 p.m. 

On Thursday, April 9, Aurora Theatre will host a Community Conversation from 6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. with a panel of experts discussing the Economic Impact of Immigration: Do Facts Matter? Admission to the event is FREE for anyone who wishes to join the conversation. Tickets to the post-conversation performance are currently on sale and subject to availability.

Now in its 19th Season, Aurora Theatre produces professional live entertainment to suit everyone’s taste. Aurora Theatre is home to over 600 events each year. Two series of theatrical productions, the Peach State Federal Credit Union Signature Series and the GGC Harvel Lab Series, are comprised of the biggest Broadway plays and musicals alongside exciting contemporary theatre. Additionally, Aurora produces concerts, stand-up comedy, children’s programs, metro Atlanta’s top haunted attraction Lawrenceville Ghost Tours, as well as Atlanta’s only professional Spanish language theatre, Teatro Del Sol. Aurora Theatre is a world class theatrical facility with two performance venues. Nestled on the square in historic downtown Lawrenceville, Aurora has FREE attached covered parking and is surrounded by restaurants and shops. Aurora Theatre has garnered numerous accolades highlighted by recent achievements that include winner of Seven 2013 Suzi Bass Awards, Creative Loafing’s “2010 Best Theatre Company,” Georgia Trend Magazine’s “2011 Best Places to Work in Georgia,” Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “2012 Best Places to Work”, Atlanta Magazine’s “Best of Atlanta 2013” and the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 President and CEO Award for Excellence in Arts.