continues the 2011-2012 Harvel Lab Series with the Spanish language production of El Insólito Caso de Miss Piña Colada (The Preposterous Case of Miss Piña Colada) by Carlos Ferrari. This outrageous comedy runs April 12 – 29, 2012. In the play, penniless widow Ofelia has been left with nothing but her pride by her deceased good-for-nothing husband. To regain some of her luster in “society,” she will stop at nothing to have her daughter, Loreley, crowned queen of the Miss Piña Colada beauty pageant. Ofelia pawns her belongings, fends off debt collectors and even causes her children to break the law. This April, Aurora Theatre becomes home to the hilarious hijinks of a widow trying to keep up appearances in the midst of diminishing fortunes.
The New York Times called it “…a savvy, consistently high-energy comic performance."
Founded by Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director, Anthony Rodriguez, Teatro del Sol is a Spanish language theatre initiative whose goal is the preservation of Hispanic cultural heritage. According to the US Census bureau, Georgia ranks 2nd in the nation with a 60% growth in Hispanic population since 2000. With that in mind, Teatro del Sol produces programming to best serve this rapidly growing community. Here in Gwinnett County, Hispanics made up almost 20% of our county’s population, up from 6% on 1990. In fact, Rodriguez, a first generation American of Cuban decent, saw the need to serve this large demographic as a fundamental passion.
“Continuing the work of Teatro del Sol is something I take great pride in since our expansion to Lawrenceville,” explains Aurora Theatre Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez in a release. “These shows demonstrate our heritage in a very dynamic way that current events just don't capture. This is fascinating to those not of Hispanic heritage and a taste of home for those who are.”
The play runs April 12-29. Tickets are $15.