Set in a tiny sewing factory in East Los Angeles, “Real Women Have Curves” is marked by the issues of family values, gender politics and the Latina immigrant experience. The play is told from the point of view of Ana, the youngest employee at the factory. Ambitious and bright, Ana yearns to go to college but doesn’t have the money. The action of the play occurs over the course of five hot summer days at the factory, as the women talk about their lives, fears and deepest desires while attempting to meet impossible production deadlines.
GABRIELLA CAVALLERO* (PANCHA) – Gabriella last appeared at the Aurora Fox in Anna in the Tropics. A long-time actor at the Denver Center Theatre Company, she has played a wide range of roles for twenty-six seasons. Most recently, she appeared in Curious Theatre’s Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue and Water by the Spoonful. Gabriella has also appeared on the stages of the Arvada Center, Theatreworks, Aurora Fox, Stories on Stage and Modern Muse. She has narrated nearly 1000 audio books for the Library of Congress’ National Library Service, is a lead coach on voice and presentation for ARTiculate: Real & Clear and she is the Dialect and Movement coach for Arvada’s Black Box Repertory Company.
JACQUELINE GARCIA (ROSALI) – Jacqueline is making her Aurora Fox debut. She is a native of Southern California where she studied acting and writing at Cal State Fullerton and Graduate School at the University San Francisco. She has been active in the Denver theatre scene for ten years, appearing in over 20 plays. Other credits: Diane in The Little Dog Laughed and Boochie in Den of Thieves (Vintage Theatre); Blanche in Broadway Bound and Rivkah & the Women in My Name is Asher Lev (Miner’s Alley Playhouse); Mrs. Chevely in An Ideal Husband (Denver Center- MCP). Her plays Almost Native, American Alligator and Once Married Twice Divorced have been performed in Denver and Wyoming. She is a member of the Visionbox ensemble and the Kaiser Permanente Arts Integrated Services team. Jacqueline would like to thank Melissa McCarl and this lovely cast for their beautiful story telling. She also gives special thanks to John, Jack and Miles.
DEBRA GALLEGOS (CARMEN) – Debra has been performing music and theatre in Colorado and the Southwest for over 40 years. Debra is best known for her dramatic and comedic performances at Su Teatro including Ludlow: El Grito de las Minas, La Carpa Aztlan Presents I Don’t Speak English Only and Mama Rosita’s Jalapeno Kitchen. Debra has also directed numerous productions at Su Teatro and other community venues including Ay Compadre!,Sueños, When El Cucui Walks and Real Women Have Curves. Debra is an accomplished musician and vocalist and was inducted into the Su Teatro Chicano Music Hall of Fame in 2014. Debra was one of the key members of Su Teatro during the company’s formative years and later when the company purchased its first cultural center. She maintained a 30-year career in public service retiring from CDOT as Director of the Center for Equal Opportunity, the department’s civil right office.
MAGALLY LUNA (ESTELA) – Magally is so excited to be a part of The Aurora Fox production of Real Women Have Curves. As a long time core actress at Denver’s bilingual theater, Su Teatro, she had the chance to tour this show and was last seen in Su Teatro’s production of La Carpa Aztlan and has worked at the Arvada Center, 73rd Ave. Theater Company, Crossroads and Mercury Cafe. Magally is also the Spanish teacher at the Denver Waldorf School in Denver. A local Salsa musician with the band Kizumba and Barrio Funk, she has recently released he own work on an original bilingual CD, Pearl Moon, soon to be released digitally on her website Pearlmoon Productions. With roots are here in Colorado, she is grateful for family, her husband Phil, her boys Xilal and Kinari and her parents. Los quiero a todos mucho. Gracias, I am thrilled to be here. In Lak’ech Ala K’in.
JOELLE MONTOYA* (ANA) – Joelle is thrilled to be starring as Ana in Real Women Have Curves. After graduating with her MFA in Acting from E15 Acting School in London, Joelle has returned home and to the stage. Some of her favorite roles include Rudi in El Sol Que Tu Eres, Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors and as a company member with Shakespeare in the Parking Lot through the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Education team. As always, she wouldn’t be here without the support of her parents and familia. A huge thank you to Melissa and Aurora Fox for this incredible opportunity to tell this story she has held close to her heart since she saw it on screen as a little girl. It is an honor to tell this story and embrace her curves!
“Director Melissa Lucero McCarl’s casting is smart and the production vibrant throughout…”