Gender issue on stage

by Labriece Roddy | 5/11/94 5:00am

The students of Nuestras Voces worked in a collaborative effort to put together the contemporary, fast-paced, humorous production of "Beautiful Senoritas," a play written by Dolores Prida and directed by Patricia Herrera '96, with assistence provided by Drama Professor Paul Gaffney.

The play is multifaceted in that it does not restrict its focus to the interests and lifestyle of members of the Latino or Hispanic community. It is written and performed in English and addresses topics that a wide variety of people will find themselves interested in and able to relate to.

The performance is only about an hour long, but manages to incorporate a beauty pagent with exotic costumes, rap songs and other musical numbers as well as a mixture of subtle and straightforward comedy.

"Beautiful Senoritas" is performed by a talented group of student actors -- six women and four men -- who bring to the production diverse ethnic backgrounds. The cast members have cultural roots in Argentina, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

In the production and performance, the students illustrate how people of different cultures and backgrounds can work together to address issues concerning both men and women across culture, class, ethnicity and generation.

"Beautiful Senoritas" is an upbeat play well worth seeing, and may leave the audience with a different perspective on male-female relationships.

Admission is free and the play opens in Collis Common Ground Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 15 at 2 p.m.

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