Aurora Theatre 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.
“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. “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.”
Cast and Crew
Rose Bianco – Ofelia
Blanca Aguero – Loreley
Diany Rodriguez – Abigail
Alexandros Salazar – Domingo
Ricardo Aponte – Nataniel
Maria Arboleda – Esperancita
Anthony Rodriguez – Director
Ann-Carol Pence – Associate Producer
Britt Hultgren Ramroop – Production Manager and Set Designer
James M. Helms – Technical Director and Lighting Designer
Daniel Terry – Sound Designer / Video Projection
Thalia Shepard – Costume Designer
Maureen Downs – Stage Manager
Sarah Thomson – Scenic Artist
Sergio Rubio – Running Crew
Called a “a savvy, consistently high-energy comic performance,” by The New York Times, El Insólito Caso de Miss Piña Colada/The Preposterous Case of Miss Piña Colada by Carlos Ferrari runs April 12 through 29. Performances are Thursday–Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. For tickets or more information, call 678.226.6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com.
About Teatro del Sol
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.
About Aurora Theatre
Now in their 16th Season and with over 300 events annually, Aurora Theatre has live entertainment to suit everyone’s taste. The Aurora Theatre main stage season is comprised of Broadway’s best plays and musicals alongside exciting new works of contemporary theatre. Additionally, Aurora produces concerts, comedy club events, 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 performances venues. It is nestled on the square in historic downtown Lawrenceville, with free attached covered parking and is surrounded by restaurants and shops.
Aurora Theatre has garnered numerous accolades highlighted by recent achievements that include the 2009 Pinnacle Award from the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Creative Loafing’s 2010 Best Theatre Company and Georgia Trend Magazine’s 2011 Best Places to Work in Georgia.
The Harvel Lab Series
Generously sponsored by Georgia Gwinnett College, The Harvel Lab Series 2011–2012 includes 3 shows: Underneath the Lintel, from the prestigious Humana Festival Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, a thriller set in the world of video gamers and zombies, and El Insólito Caso de Miss Piña Colada/The Preposterous Case of Miss Piña Colada, produced as a part of Teatro Del Sol, Aurora Theatre’s Spanish language theatre initiative.
Programming in Aurora Theatre’s 2011–2012 Main Stage Season is possible through generous support from Metro Waterproofing and the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund.