The Department of Theatre and New Dance’s opens the final studio show of the 2017-18 season with “Real Women Have Curves,” a coming of age story about a teen on the verge of womanhood.
The first show is at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, at the Cal Poly Pomona Studio Theatre (Bldg. 25, Rm 110).
Set in Los Angeles during the late 1980s, “Real Women Have Curves” follows Ana, who hopes to attend college one day. For right now, however, she’s working in a small East LA sewing factory as the youngest in a group of five Latina women. As the group endeavors to meet impossible deadlines looming on the horizon, they discuss their lives, loves and deepest desires.
Told from Ana’s point of view, the play tackles issues surrounding gender politics and the Latina immigrant experience.
“Real Women Have Cuves” director B.J. Dodge said although the play has its light-hearted moments, it tackles series topics including the demonization of immigrants, the subjugation of women by men, as well as feeling constricted by family, culture and tradition.
“This story is extremely timely in the days of #MeToo when women are not just whispering but speaking and yelling about the reality of their lives in the workplace, at home and in the nation, and as immigrants,” said Dodge, adding that playwright Josefina Lopez’s 1990 work “is still absolutely of the moment.”
The play consists of an all-female roster of characters portrayed by theatre students Samantha Avila, Yovanna Quintero, Janeth Garcia, Alma Becerra and Raelene Hernandez.
“I think this play, with these particular women playing these particular roles, is very much about relationships of trust and how collaboration forces us to cooperate and allows a kind of connection that you’d never guess could happen between these women,” Dodge said.
She added that she hopes women viewing the play will …